The week of October 17th, Dallas Teacher Residency Co-Founders, Rob DeHaas and Elizabeth Kastiel were invited to New York City to participate in the National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR) annual Instructional Rounds. Dallas Teacher Residency was 1 of 23 teacher residency programs from across the country invited to attend the 3 day institute. All program attendees were part of the NCTR Next Generation Network (NGN).
“Spending time in New York City engaging with and learning from leaders of high quality teacher residency programs from all over the country was incredible,” DTR Co-Founder, Rob DeHaas said. “We are always looking for ways to improve and refine our own practice(s), and are excited to bring back key learnings from the visit to our own program in Dallas.”
The below is an excerpt taken from the weekly National Center for Teacher Residencies October 21st ‘E-Blast.
This week, Network Partner New Visions-Hunter College – Learning Partners Urban Teacher Residency (LP-UTR) hosted NCTR‘s annual Instructional Rounds. Over 75 attendees representing NCTR‘s Network, along with external partners including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, American Institutes of Research and Public Impact, came together to engage in site-based learning around a problem of practice.
This year, Rounds examined LP-UTR’s facilitation of an innovative district collaboration among three schools, called the Triad, around mentor practice and development. Participants visited LP-UTR classrooms, observed mentors as they worked together and with their residents to advance their practice, and heard from school administrators about the innovative systems and structures they have developed to support mentor learning. After the school visits, the NCTR partners came back together to debrief and provide actionable feedback to the LP-UTR team on the Triad structure and its role in mentor and resident development.
Following the three-day event, Network Partners Mara Duquette and Jessica Hiltabidel from the Center for Inspired Teaching said, “We appreciate the profound and direct impact Instructional Rounds has on our programmatic practices. The experience immediately sparks innovative ideas to implement with our residents, teacher educators, and staff. We look forward to coming back year after year to collaborate with like-minded educators!”
NCTR thanks all of our visitors from across the country for joining together in this important work. We want to give a special thanks to New Visions for Public Schools for being such wonderful hosts, and opening up the LP-UTR to help the Network further its learning. We look forward to continuing the discussion!