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resident-teachers begin their assignments at middle and high schools.
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$8.8 million for Cal State L.A. and partners
to launch L.A. Urban Teacher Residency Program
to enhance teacher quality adapts med-school model
to train 250
new teachers and boost LAUSD student academic achievement
Los Angeles, CA –
Adapting a medical-school model and propelled by a new five-year $8.8
million grant from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE),
California State University, Los Angeles will launch the L.A. Urban Teacher Residency Program to strengthen both teacher
preparation and student academic achievement.
Through a 15-month graduate-level program, students seeking to become
teachers will spend a full school year as resident-teachers in
classrooms at middle and high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School
District (LAUSD), working with outstanding mentor teachers. The
residents’ program will also include advanced coursework, projects, and
extensive support. While in the classroom, the resident-teachers will
receive a $21,000 stipend.
The goal is to prepare individuals to enter high-need Los Angeles public
schools ready to teach math, science and special education. Upon
completion of the residency program, participants will be strongly
encouraged to teach for at least three years in the LAUSD.
The residency program will align with California state standards for
teacher certification and induction—and with the University’s
requirements for a master’s degree in education. Thus, upon completion
of the program, participants will earn both a teaching credential and a
Funded through the federal Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) initiative,
the project is administered by Cal State L.A.’s Charter College of
Education. Other partners in the L.A. Urban Teacher Residency Program
include the College of Natural and Social Sciences at Cal State L.A.;
LAUSD; the Center for Collaborative Education; the Mayor’s Partnership
for Los Angeles Schools; three community organizations—Families In
Schools, Alliance for a Better Community, and Central American Resource
Center; the Los Angeles Pilot Schools Network; United Teachers Los
Angeles; and WestEd Research.
The program includes rigorous candidate selection and a commitment to
recruit from diverse populations. Participants will already have
bachelor’s degrees in the disciplines they plan to teach. Beginning with
a first-year cohort of 25 teacher-residents and growing to a fifth-year
cohort of 75, the program will cumulatively enroll 250 as it seeks to
expand and improve a permanent pipeline of innovative, effective new
teachers for the LAUSD.
The program begins officially in June 2010 when its first students
participate in an intensive summer session at Cal State L.A. before
diving into their year-long residency in the classroom in fall 2010.
Diane Haager, professor of special education and counseling, is the
principal investigator for the grant. A.Dee Williams, professor of
curriculum and instructions, is its curriculum director. Other Cal state
L.A. faculty will be involved in curriculum development, supervision in
schools, and instruction of classes.
Program officials said the effort is directly influenced by the model of
residencies in medical training. It is widely accepted, they said, that
students–including future teachers—learn best when applying their
learning in practical and tangible ways instead of merely hypothesizing
about ways to apply it; and research shows that teacher quality is the
key factor in improving student achievement.
According to Haager, “This brings the Charter College of Education into
a significant partnership with schools and community agencies that will
help us to prepare teachers who are truly ready to promote equity and
social justice in urban schools. Teacher candidates in this program
will get full-time, hands-on classroom experience coupled with rigorous
coursework. It will be a great opportunity for them to work full-time
with mentor teachers in reform-minded, successful urban schools.”
Williams said, “This grant is an opportunity for the entire community of
Los Angeles to examine, evaluate and eventually redefine quality
teaching and quality teacher training. We have a very strong group of
partners that includes local educators and community groups. Together we
will be able to provide schoolchildren in Los Angeles consistently
high-quality teachers who will be prepared to learn, live within, and
embrace the unique challenges of our local community.”
According to the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, “The Obama
Administration is committed to giving teachers the support they need to
succeed in the classroom. The Teacher Quality Partnership grants will
improve student academic achievement by strengthening teacher
preparation, training and effectiveness and help school districts
attract potential educators from a wide-range of professional
backgrounds into the teaching profession.”
Cal State L.A. was one of only five TQP grantees selected from a pool of
17 California applicants. Three of the four other successful proposals
came from California State University campuses—Chico; Dominguez Hills;
and a joint effort by Bakersfield, Monterey Bay and San Luis Obispo.
Nationally, only 28 of 172 proposals were funded.
For the CSU press release on the USDOE grant, go to
For more on the CSU Teacher Education and Public School Program, go to
For the U.S. Department of Education press release, go to
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