The story below was published by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas on March 17, 2016. A link to the full story can be found here.
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas GroundFloor Fellow Dallas Teacher Residency (DTR), in partnership with Texas A&M University Commerce (TAMU-C), has been named the recipient of a significant state grant, which will bolster its impact within Dallas ISD, as well as expand the program to another North Texas district in the upcoming year.
Texas legislators approved the $1.29 million grant, “through a competitive selection process,” to fund up to 30 new resident teachers and expansion of the program to Mesquite ISD.
Since partnering with DISD in 2014, more than 3,000 students have been served through DTR. The program trains resident teachers, while allowing them to earn a master’s degree or teacher certification through TAMU-C. In exchange, the resident teachers commit to teach for four years in schools that are difficult to staff.
Residency models in urban school districts across the country – including multiple programs in Denver, Chicago, New York and Memphis – have proven to be a highly effective way to support new teachers in their first years in the classroom. In Dallas/Fort Worth, about 10% of teachers are new to the profession. In low-income schools, brand new teachers make up 80% of the staff, compared to Highland Park ISD, where only 2% of teachers are new. DTR helps new teachers improve their practice, while decreasing the number of teachers who leave the field within their first three years of teaching.