Monday August 24th was a breakthrough day for our organization. After spending nearly 180 full school days training at Dallas Independent School District’s (Dallas ISD) North Dallas High School during the 2014-2015 school year, our inaugural class of residents entered their respective schools for the first time, teaching students of their own – as first year teachers in Dallas ISD.
This marks an exciting time for Dallas Teacher Residency. With the support and guidance received from a number of partners such as United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Texas A&M University-Commerce, City Year, Fossil Foundation, NBC Universal, Executives in Action, and Wells Fargo – the success of our initial resident cohort has allowed our organization to significantly expand. This expansion, which includes 26 resident and mentor teachers, will positively enhance the educational experience of over 2,100 students across 5 Dallas ISD campuses during the 2015-2016 academic year – ensuring these students are provided with a highly-effective classroom teacher.
In addition, we are happy to share the following:
- 100% of Cohort I graduates received job contracts and are now currently working in DallasISD;
- The number of applications received for our second Cohort of residents increased 170% from our first year of programming;
- We established a new partnership with Texas A&M University – Commerce, where our program residents will take graduate coursework towards their master’s degree, while also earning their Texas teaching certificate at the Universities Center at Dallas (Downtown).
It is an exciting time to be active in the realm of education as the conversation around quality teacher preparation has been at the forefront of many innovative efforts nationally, regionally, and now locally. We stand firmly by our belief that the strongest predictor of student academic success is the teacher in the classroom, and aim to directly address this through our collaborative teacher preparation program with Texas A&M University – Commerce.
As this year progresses, we look forward to working with our partners, in addition to supporting our new cohort of resident teachers, our mentor teachers, and our program graduates in their work. Throughout this year we will share their stories, and their efforts.
We would also like to announce that during the next month we will launch our new website, open the application portal for our 2016-2017 Cohort of teaching residents, and will be participating in North Texas Giving Day, on September 17th, 2015. The link to support our efforts on this day of giving can be found here.
We thank you not only for your continued support and interest in Dallas Teacher Residency, but also, for all the work that is done by other organizations throughout the DFW area that aim to provide students with a high quality education.
Co-Founder & CEO
Dallas Teacher Residency