Urban Teachers Program Expands to Dallas-Fort Worth
Teachers teacher certification program
will launch a new initiative in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, similar to
already in place in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore dating back to 2010.
program's goal is to act as an alternative to
traditional teacher training programs by offering more opportunities
real-life classroom experience and mentoring.
Urban Teachers program started with 19 teachers-in-training in
in 2010 and now has 217 participants teaching across the district. The
District of Columbia Public Schools will further expand the program next year,
to representatives. Eventually, the district wants all of its new teachers hired through the residency program.
program is similar to the medical school model in which candidates work
way through a four-year program with a 14-month residency in urban
before becoming a lead classroom teacher and graduate coursework
three years of coaching and mentoring.
than 100 aspiring teachers will start the program in the fall in Dallas
Independent School District and local charter schools.
to Todd Williams, founding executive director of The
Commit! Partnership, a
coalition of organizations working to raise student achievement in
County, the Dallas-Fort Worth area will need to see more than 5,700
in the pipeline over the next several years.
are many factors in education that we can't control," Williams said,
can and should guarantee that all our teachers have the experience,
support to equip every student to succeed. The new partnership with
Teachers will help us do just that."
Teachers CEO Jennifer Green said her organization is eager to get
school year, Urban Teachers will impact more than 15,000 students
Baltimore and DC, and we know that's not enough," Green said.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.