Being a Resident
The LAUTR-TI residency and curriculum experiences align to support the development of effective teaching skills and knowledge grounded in current educational research and district initiatives. Residents’ sustained efforts and success in both the practicum and coursework components of the program are key to their success as Resident Teachers.
An LAUTR Resident:
• Is able to articulate a philosophy of education grounded in equity and social justice
• Has a strong content background
• Shows evidence of working collaboratively
• Expresses an interest in serving the community
• Has a grasp of data-based inquiry
• Has an assets-based orientation to family and community
• Possesses effective communication skills
• Will commit to three years of teaching in LAUSD, MUSD, PUSD or AUSD upon certification
Resident Responsibilities and Guideines
As an important part of the Standards for the Teaching Profession, Residents are required to:
I. Maintain accurate records
a. Track progress towards identified learning outcomes
b. Complete assignments
c. Submit records/assignments on time
II. Communicate with Mentors and LAUTR-TI staff any concerns that may impact progress in the program
III. Demonstrate Professionalism
a. Ethical Conduct and Compliance with School, District, and University Regulations
b. Advocacy/Intervention for Students
If at any time the Resident fails to meet these professional responsibilities, a LAUTR-TI staff member will communicate the concern with the Resident. If the issue persists, it will be grounds for a disciplinary plan of action and may result in dismissal from the program.
Residents are expected to be professional at all times, whether in schools or in Cal State LA courses. LAUTR-TI Residents represent themselves as new educators in the district and as members of the LAUTR-TI program. While professionalism is important at all times, it is especially important when interacting with students. Students watch and learn from adults’ behavior all the time, whether intended or not. Residents should observe a variety of school personnel to learn appropriate school culture (such as using first/last names and attire).
Please note: Although building relationships with students is important, it is crucial that new teachers understand and establish clear boundaries between being a friend and being a teacher to students. Residents should continuously remember that their primary role in the school is that of a teacher and not a friend. Residents should review the District’s Code of Conduct and abide by all guidelines provided by the District.
Appropriate Dress and Behavior
While there is no specific dress code, Residents are expected to dress professionally at all times while at Host District schools. Specifically, midriff tops, low cut blouses, low-rise pants, shorts, t-shirts and worn-out jeans would be deemed unprofessional. In addition, Residents should make sure that undergarments are not visible when sitting or bending. Since we consider the residency to be a year-long interview, a good guideline to abide by is to wear clothes that would be appropriate for a job interview.
If at any time the Resident’s dress is perceived as too casual or inappropriate, the Mentor, Residency Director or any other LAUTR-TI staff member will communicate the concern with the Resident. If the issue persists, it can be grounds for a disciplinary plan of action.
Residents are to speak to administrators, colleagues, staff, families and students in a professional manner devoid of profanity, sexually explicit, disparaging or demeaning remarks, and violent or intimidating behavior. In addition, Residents must model appropriate professional behavior in the school/classroom/course settings (e.g. not checking email, sleeping, eating or talking on the phone during class time, including periods in which the Resident assists).
Residents are not allowed to serve as substitute teachers in the classroom and they may not be left alone with the students since they do not possess a teaching credential. In addition, Residents may not be pulled from their practicum to serve as a substitute teacher in another class. This includes Residents who might have served as substitute teachers for the School Districts. Any existing substitute credential or permit is waived upon becoming a Resident Teacher.