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Advice: Considerations for Creating a Homegrown Residency Program

Concrete guide to ensuring true alignment with your residency partner


Particularly for schools and systems seeking to scale innovative models, it is vital to think about how to leverage and apply Five Domains for Teacher Preparation Transformation effectively. With some domains, this may be a straightforward endeavor. For example, systems may inquire about the specific supports needed for residents to be successful within their singular model. However, in other instances, leveraging the domains requires understanding which questions to ask in order to ensure that the system and residency partner is acting in alignment and fully leveraging the partnership.

The following report includes a:

  • The What: Key Components of a Successful Residency Program, which covers a research synthesis around what a residency program is, key characteristics of a strong residency partnership, and research shared around the impact a residency program can have on the system it serves.
  • The Where: What a Residency Program Looks Like in Action, which details five snapshot strategies grounded in the Five Domains for Teacher Preparation Transformation, captured from various systems and residency partners currently doing this work in innovative ways
  • The How: Questions to Ensure the Residency Program Matches Your Needs, which includes a question bank, organized around the Five Domains, intended to support clear communication around expectations, needs, and partnerships. The question bank also aims to surface additional requirements early in the residency process.

This report enables systems to understand, identify, and scale best practices learned from others doing this work, leveraging a toolbox of specific questions to ask to ensure true alignment between them and potential residency partners on needs, goals, and specific structures that enable success.