Merely six months ago, Dallas Teacher Residency (DTR) existed solely as a concept. The teacher residency model, while being adopted by, and successfully implemented in several cities across the country, had not yet made its way to North Texas. That is, until now. With much work still left to be accomplished, we wanted to take a quick moment to acknowledge the small victories (in addition to say thank you to those) that have made this website launch possible.
In October of 2013, we were one of three organizations selected to participate in the fall cohort of the United Way GroundFloor Fellows program – an accelerator program, aimed at providing social ventures with early stage financial, social, and human capital. We are very grateful of the support we have received from United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, in addition to United Way GroundFloor. We are looking forward to our continued partnership(s) with both organizations during our fellowship year.
Just prior to the holiday season, we engaged into a formal collaborating agreement with the University of North Texas at Dallas (UNTD). During their residency year, our program residents will take graduate level coursework during the evenings/weekends at UNTD, in addition to partaking in a year-long apprenticeship under the guidance of a trained mentor teacher in an urban school. We are currently in the process of working closely with the faculty at UNTD to develop an innovative curriculum that aligns classroom theory to educational practice. I personally have been inspired by the commitment UNTD has demonstrated to the development of this dual collaboration and am excited to see the urban ed. teacher preparation program we are able to design together.
We would also like to thank our marketing/social media team at RedFish BlueFish media for their due diligence and patience in working with our team during this process. The RedFish BlueFish team has been responsible for our incredible graphic design, logo design, website design, and social media pages to date. It has been a true pleasure working with this team – excited to see what we develop next.
Finally, I wanted to say a special thank you to those individuals that have truly been instrumental to our early success. The work and support of many has helped well position us for our launch, however, the specific efforts, commitment, and support provided from our Co-Founder and Dallas Independent School District Principal, Elizabeth Kastiel, Attorney and social entrepreneurial expert, Bob Wright, and Regina Nippert, Executive Director for the Center on Communities and Education at the SMU Simmons School, have been invaluable – and for all of your efforts, we at DTR are very grateful.
Over the next few weeks, I am looking forward to sharing more stories, insights, and updates regarding our continued progress. Program resident applications for the fall 2014 cohort are expected to be “complete” and available by the end of January – if not before. In the meantime if you are interested in learning more about our program or have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To all our partners, supporters, future program residents, program mentor teachers, school principals, education enthusiasts, and others – I am truly excited about the opportunity we have to develop our story, and create lasting impact together in Dallas.
Co-Founder & CEO
Dallas Teacher Residency