Dallas – Dallas Teacher Residency (DTR) has been awarded a 1-year, $150,000 grant by The Meadows Foundation to support the preparation of high-quality teachers for urban schools through a competency-based residency program. The grant represents the first time DTR has received funding from The Meadows Foundation.
The Meadows Foundation has a strong history of supporting Dallas area non-profit organizations – specifically, organizations that focus on educational initiatives. Since 2001, The Meadows Foundation has focused much of its education giving around three strategic initiatives that are critical as they relate to improving the academic success of all public school children in grades K-12. These initiatives include: early childhood development, beginning reading, and teacher and administrator preparation. Since 2006, educational initiatives have been allocated about 14 percent of The Meadows Foundation grant dollars.
“The Meadows Foundation has been an instrumental supporter of educational programming throughout the Dallas area over many years, and their support of Dallas Teacher Residency, accelerates our progress towards ensuring that every student in Dallas Independent School District, from every zip code, has a highly-effective classroom teacher,” said Rob DeHaas, DTR Co-Founder and CEO.
“We are proud to be associated with Dallas Teacher Residency and the work this grant supports,” said Bruce Esterline, Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Grants for The Meadows Foundation.”
The Foundation’s grant to DTR will provide support for program personnel, as well as provide support to develop capacity and infrastructure – as the organization plans on impacting more teachers and students moving forward.
The residency model is a district serving teacher preparation program that is a partnership between high need school districts and, typically, an institution of higher education, nonprofit organizations, and other community stakeholders. Residents in the Dallas Teacher Residency program spend a full-year training in a classroom working alongside effective, experienced mentor teachers while also taking graduate level coursework at Texas A&M University – Commerce, where ultimately, they earn their master’s degree and teacher licensure.
To learn more about Dallas Teacher Residency please visit www.dallastr.org.
Dallas Teacher Residency (DTR) is a not-for-profit organization created to ensure that urban school students have access to well-trained and highly effective classroom teachers. Based in Dallas, DTR recruits, prepares and supports new teachers through a highly intensive and clinical rich apprenticeship, while also working alongside local urban school districts to meet their hiring needs. Through this innovative approach to teacher training, DTR aims to create both high-quality educators, in addition to creating support systems which ensure educators have the opportunity to impact levels of student academic achievement through teaching.