Commerce, TX – The Office of Texas A&M University – Commerce (TAMUC) President Dr. Ray Keck, and the Office of Institutional Advancement announced Wednesday, a $150,000 financial commitment from the university to support the teacher residency partnership between Texas A&M University – Commerce and Dallas Teacher Residency (DTR). The university investment is part of a much larger collaborative partnership between TAMUC, DTR, and several North Texas public school districts such as Dallas Independent School District, which have collectively identified and invested over $4.5 million in private and public funds towards the preparation and support of urban school educators since 2013.
Founded initially as a regional college for teachers, this investment is consistent not only with the founding principles of Texas A&M University – Commerce, but is also consistent with the strategic priorities of the College of Education and Human Services according to College of Education and Human Services Dean, Tim Letzring.
“As an Institution of Higher Education, we have an obligation to respond to the emerging needs of the local, regional, state (and national) communities,” said Dean Letzring. “An investment in teachers for North Texas is a direct investment in the future workforce of our communities and our state.”
The urban teacher residency partnership between Texas A&M University – Commerce and Dallas Teacher Residency is the first of its kind in Texas – pairing a public state university with a non profit partner. Since the partnership originated, several other post baccalaureate teacher residency programs have also been established, or made their way to the state of Texas. The graduate partnership between TAMUC and DTR differentiates itself from other educator preparation programs in that it is specifically geared towards preparing teachers to teach in high-need traditional public schools throughout North Texas. In the current 2017-2018 academic year, the partnership supports over 125 K-12 teachers that directly impact the academic trajectory of over 6,500 students across North Texas.
Financial support from several strategic funding partners such as, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, The Meadows Foundation, The Dallas Foundation, The Simmons Foundation, The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and National Center for Teacher Residencies have been instrumental in allowing the collaborative partnership between Texas A&M University – Commerce and Dallas Teacher Residency to accelerate its growth and increase the pipeline of effective and diverse new teachers for North Texas.
“Texas A&M University – Commerce and their College of Education and Human Services have been invaluable partners in our efforts to put a highly effective teacher in front of every student in North Texas,” said Dallas Teacher Residency Co-Founder and CEO, Rob DeHaas. “President Keck and College of Education Dean, Tim Letzring are incredibly innovative thinkers and are truly committed to ensuring that A&M – Commerce is a major player in the educator preparation market in the Dallas area.”
Teacher residencies are a model of teacher preparation based on the medical profession’s approach to preparing doctors—residents spend a full year teaching and learning in classrooms alongside an excellent mentor to become an effective teacher.
In a recent analyses of the impact of residency programs nationally conducted by the National Center for Teacher Residencies, there is strong evidence that teacher residency programs are having an impact on student achievement and teacher retention, improving outcomes for high-need children.
To learn more about the Dallas Teacher Residency and Texas A&M University – Commerce teacher residency partnership, please visit www.dallastr.org.
About Texas A&M University – Commerce
Texas A&M University—Commerce (TAMUC) is a public institution that was founded in 1889. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,605, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,926 acres. Since 1889 Texas A&M University-Commerce has educated the people of Texas and, ever increasingly, points beyond.
A&M-Commerce is located in Commerce, Texas, with additional locations in downtown Dallas, Corsicana, Mesquite, McKinney, Midlothian and Rockwall, as well as a strong online presence, providing students with numerous degree options. TAMUC is the second largest university in the prestigious Texas A&M University System, and remains true to founder William Leonidas Mayo’s creed of “ceaseless industry, fearless investigation, unfettered thought, and unselfish service to others.”
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.