Dallas Teacher Residency exists to ensure all students are provided with an effective classroom teacher. We believe effective classroom teachers are built through rigorous preparation and clinical experiences provided to teachers during their pre-service year coupled with ongoing supports accessible once teachers take over a classroom of their own.
Our approach to teacher preparation specifically prepares and supports teachers to teach in urban school district schools and classrooms, ensuring that prior to having a classroom of their own, program residents are provided with the training, pedagogical knowledge, and on-going support necessary to best meet the needs of students in these schools. The teacher residency model is research based, and has a proven track record of success in many cities and urban school districts across the country – with research supporting the notion that such programs are improving teacher retention and levels of student achievement.
Since 2013 and an initial seed investment from the social innovation fund at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, this teacher residency collaborative has identified over $4 million in financial support from both private and public sources.
The success of the DTR has been further validated through our invitation to participate in and join the National Center for Teacher Residencies Next Generation Network, the only network in the country comprised of a group of 20+ high-performing residency programs that maximize educator impact by transforming how teachers are prepared.
DTR and its partner university, Texas A&M University – Commerce, currently support over 100 teachers that directly impact over 6,500 students across 20 campuses in both Dallas and Mesquite Independent School Districts. 100 percent of past program graduates have received full time teaching positions. Each year, our steady growth has allowed us to prepare even more teachers to serve in our partnering school districts, and subsequently, directly impact more students.
At scale, by 2021, DTR anticipates impacting the academic trajectory of over 20,000 students while supporting nearly 250 well-trained, new teachers to teach in partnering school districts.