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DC Teacher Residency Partnerships

Pre-service teachers who train in DCPS schools for a full academic year have the potential to be demonstrably more effective than other novice teachers.


DCPS teacher residency partnerships prepare recent college graduates, career changers, and outstanding paraprofessionals to be highly effective teachers in DCPS schools. Residency partners will train residents in DCPS classrooms alongside high-performing mentor teachers for the entire school year, in preparation to assume a lead teaching role in the second year of the program.


Support for Participating Schools

A residency partnership supports schools by:

  • Creating an internal, school-based pipeline of novice teachers
  • Providing high-quality training, support and coaching for residents prior to and throughout the residency program
  • Providing teacher leadership opportunities to high-performing teachers with the opportunity to serve as mentors to residents


City Teaching Alliance

City Teaching Alliance participants make a four-year commitment to the program: one as a resident teacher before becoming teachers-of-record for the next three years. City Teaching Alliance preparation is focused on rigorous, clinically-based coursework and ongoing support. Participants receive three years of individualized coaching and are endorsed for their Standard Credential in year three after demonstration of student gains. City Teaching Alliance residents can be placed in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary Math and Secondary ELA classrooms. Participants complete a Master of Science in Education through a partnership with Johns Hopkins University School of Education, and are dual certified in their content area and Special Education. City Teaching Alliance provides recruitment and selection support to identify outstanding recent college graduates and career changers.

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