Capital Teaching Residency
CTR is still accepting applications on a rolling basis for the 2013-2014 school year. Apply today!
Building the Next Generation of Great Teachers
The mission of the Capital Teaching Residency (CTR) is to close the achievement gap by increasing the number of highly effective educators in the District of Columbia.
We fulfill this mission by training aspiring teachers through an intensive one-year residency in high-performing public charter schools and retaining our most effective teachers in schools across the DC region. CTR serves as an effective model for teacher training programs across the country.
KIPP DC joined forces with E.L. Haynes Public Charter School to create the Capital Teaching Residency (CTR). The initial yearlong training is based on KIPP DC and E.L. Haynes’ ten years of experience and research in teacher training. The program supports outstanding individuals as they develop into skilled educators through extensive coaching, consistent work with a highly-effective mentor teacher, focused professional development coursework, and daily practice perfecting their skills in a real classroom. Residents are required to commit to teaching in D.C. for two years after successfully completing their residency.
What Makes CTR Uniquely Suited to Train and Retain Great Teachers?
- Training provided in an environment of excellence
- A consistent cycle of observation, feedback, and coaching
- A selection process driven by school leaders deciding which applicants to admit
- An evaluation method that has a strong focus on student achievement and an ability to closely monitor student performance data
“You can’t ask for a better model of training new teachers.” 2011 mentor teacher
How Are Residents Trained?
Residents are placed in an excellent urban classroom working alongside a mentor teacher. Throughout the year, residents gradually move from observing their mentor to conducting practice lessons until they are finally ready to take on a considerable amount of teaching responsibility. Responsibility is released to residents in conjunction with the content they are mastering in professional development coursework. Residents have the opportunity to attain their teaching credentials and, in their second year, a Master’s degree. In addition to their coursework, residents receive continual, targeted feedback from their mentors, who provide daily input regarding every aspect of their resident’s teaching experience. School leaders serve as a coach, conducting formal observations in the residents’ classrooms and completing evaluations of their teaching practice. Finally, CTR graduates receive alumni support in the form of coaching and community-building events in order to help ensure their continued success in the classroom.
CTR by the Numbers
- Over 400 teachers trained by 2015
- Close to 14,000 students taught by CTR graduates by 2015
- 100% of school leaders believe that the program is effective in training teachers who have a significant impact on student achievement
- 9% acceptance rate in 2012
Who Should Apply?
CTR is a highly selective program. We are looking for residents with a record of achievement and a history of perseverance. Residents do not need to have a background in education or instructional experience because the purpose of the program is to train highly effective teachers. We are looking for individuals who are ready to learn the art of teaching and work extremely hard in order to continuously improve in their teaching abilities. CTR places residents in the following areas:
· Early Childhood Education
· Special Education
· Math and Science
Additional Information and Application Timeline:
For information regarding applying to CTR, please contact Isabelle Cross.
For all other inquiries, please contact Sarah Strom.