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Five reasons teacher residencies often outperform traditional training

The Hechinger Report – Karen Demoss

“As expectations for educators continue to rise, we must ensure that every aspiring teacher has an adequate opportunity to master and apply their craft. Just like doctors in training, aspiring teachers need sustained clinical experiences alongside expert practitioners to build links between educational theory and practice and to develop the hands-on techniques and strategies that help children learn. As director of the Sustainable Funding Project at Bank Street College, I regularly meet with educators, policy makers, and other stakeholders across the country to help advance high-quality teacher preparation through sustainably funded teacher residencies. This past summer, I had the opportunity to observe district leaders, teachers, and university supervisors from TeachOregon’s Salem-Keiser Teacher Preparation Collaborative as they trained new mentor teachers in the effective co-teaching of new residents.”(more)

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