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5 ways residency programs boost teacher preparation

Residency programs are focusing on teacher shortages and are changing teacher preparation for the better

Across the country, residency programs are growing in popularity to help address teacher shortages and in teacher preparation. These programs provide alternative licensure for educators who are often changing careers to work in high-need schools--particularly in rural communities--and in hard-to-fill subject areas.

While some larger districts may run their own residencies, there are programs, such as the Boettcher Teacher Residency at Public Education & Business Coalition (
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