I have heard rumblings about this program and this press release does little to assuage them.
The Alliance for Education, Seattle Public Schools, and the University
of Washington College of Education on Oct. 24 announced the addition of
the Seattle Education Association as the fourth partner in launching the
Seattle Teacher Residency.
Urban Teacher Residency United, (http://www.utrunited.org/
), based in Chicago, is the national network of the
highest-performing residency programs. UTRU Executive Director Anissa
Listak said, “This is the first time we’ve seen a residency launch with
this set of players at the table. It bodes very well for the success and
efficacy of the initiative.”
My first question is - why is the Alliance for Education involved? This
is NOT their area of expertise at all. I have to wonder about their growing role in SPS which I find troubling.
Urban teacher residency programs, pioneered over the last decade in
Boston, Chicago, Denver and elsewhere, apply the medical residency model
to teacher preparation. By blending classroom apprenticeship with
aligned, graduate-level course work and an intensive resident/mentor
partnership, residencies aim to accelerate student achievement through
the training, support and retention of excellent teachers. The four
anchor partners are engaged in planning and design work during the
2012-2013 academic year. The first cohort of 25 residents, matched with
25 mentors, will begin graduate coursework over the summer of 2013 and
will start in SPS classrooms in September 2013.
José Banda, Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, said,
partnership speaks to the power of collaboration in public education. A
thoughtful, rigorous teacher pipeline initiative, informed by multiple
stakeholders, will bring meaningful benefit to students across the
I have actually heard good things about the one in Boston but I wonder about TFA versus these new resident teachers. Why have both?
In August, Dr. Marisa Bier was hired as the residency’s founding Program
Director. “The mission of this project is to accelerate student
achievement,” she said. “It’s tremendously exciting for Seattle to join
the residency movement, and to do so in leading fashion with a uniquely
strong, 4-partner anchor team provides a supportive foundation for
achieving our collective goals of preparing and supporting high quality
teachers in and for Seattle.”
Okay, and who is paying for this? No mention of funding. Worth looking into.