Launching in 2016, the Nashville Teacher Residency (NTR) will recruit and train recent, non-education major college graduates to become high performing middle and high school math and English teachers serving low-income students in Nashville’s district and charter schools.
At full capacity, NTR will place seventy-five residents in the classrooms of effective, experienced mentor teachers, who will provide modeling, mentoring, and coaching as the residents take over teaching responsibilities in their classroom. At night, residents will take rigorous, practical, and hands-on classes in pedagogy, content, relationship building, and community and culture. At the end of the year, they become state-licensed teachers ready to have a meaningful impact on students from day one of their long careers in education.
Research has shown the pronounced, positive effect diverse teaching staffs have on the educational achievement of all students, and NTR believes that our residents should reflect the diversity of Nashville’s students and communities. Our first cohort is 70% residents of color and 40% first generation college graduates, and we are committed to continuing to reach out to people of color who are interested in becoming exceptional teachers.
To that end, we are also proud to be a founding member of the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition (TEEC), a group of civil rights and education advocacy organizations convened by Conéxion Américas to address the chronic disparities in achievement and opportunities for students of color.
As a sub-grantee of TEEC, NTR has collaborated with Lipscomb University’s College of Education and Belmont University’s Metro Nashville Teacher Residency program to form the Trailblazer Coalition. Our collaboration will address the lack of diversity in Nashville’s teacher workforce by promoting the profession through outreach to people and communities of color.
NTR Residents will receive initial licensure at the successful completion of their residency year and are guaranteed full-time employment as a teacher at one of our partner schools.
Our curriculum and practice is “backwards-mapped” from the skills teachers need to be successful in our partner schools. Teacher education is not one-size fits all, and our program starts with the needs of Nashville’s communities’ students, parents, and schools in mind.
In order to master any new skill, you have to practice it. A lot. Especially teaching. The majority of a resident’s time in NTR classes will be spent practicing the specific moves they will need to master in order to become effective educators.
We believe that in order to make the most significant, long-term impact on public education in Nashville, we need to find, train, and keep the most-committed and most-talented local talent.
In order to be effective educators, teachers need to know the communities in which they work and understand how those communities have shaped the experiences of the youth they teach.