Creating the Path

Teaching Residents at Teachers College (TR@TC) has been awarded a second Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) federal grant. We will use this funding to launch TR@TC2 (Teaching Residents at Teachers College 2). This second iteration of the program will include strands of preparation in Secondary Inclusive Education (SIE) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). We will also be adding an option of preparation in Science Education -- Biology (SCIB).

Watch this video to learn what TR@TC alumni, principals of partnership schools, and Project Director A. Lin Goodwin have to say about the impact and accomplishments of the first five years of the program.

“The education profession is recognizing that content alone is not adequate—that we need to think about accessibility and diverse learners,” says A. Lin Goodwin (Ed.D. ’87), TC’s Vice Dean and Evenden Professor of Education, and NIE’s first Ruth Wong Professor of Teacher Education and Co-Director of the joint M.A. program between TC and NIE. “What does it mean to teach science at the secondary school level to kids who don’t speak English as a first language, or who have educations that have been interrupted by war? How do we teach the person, not the subject?”

One answer is Teaching Residents at Teachers College 2 (TR@TC2), the 18-month teaching residency created and directed by Goodwin to prepare diverse, highly qualified teachers of English as a Second Language, Students with Disabilities, Science Biology and General Science, and Science-Students with Disabilities. Residents in the intensive, supportive, master’s degree program, which is funded by a $7.5 million Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) federal grant, complete their fieldwork with a consortium of New York City public schools, reflecting the U.S. Department of Education’s focus on building partnerships between universities and high-need school districts.

TC is among 24 teacher preparation programs nationwide funded by the TQP grants to prepare more than 11,000 teachers, with a national goal of improving student achievement, especially in the STEM disciplines.  

Vice Dean A. Lin Goodwin has established the TR@TC2 teaching residency program.

Vice Dean A Lin Goodwin has established the TR@TC2 teaching residency program.

TR@TC2 builds on the College’s leadership in medical residency-style teacher preparation. Teaching residents complete a year-long residency in which they are paired with experienced mentor teachers and spend extensive time in various NYCDOE schools. They receive close support from residency supervisors, and ongoing professional support upon completion of the program. Admitted Teaching Residents (TRs) receive a $30,000 stipend, a generous scholarship, and health insurance assistance.

Resident students co-teach with experienced mentors, immerse themselves in education research and enact the principle of universal design for learning and curriculum development, which calls for educators to create a pathway to understanding for each and every learner.

“The demands we place on our mentor teachers are way beyond those of other programs,” Goodwin says. “They undergo four days of training, orientation and professional development before school starts. They attend monthly learning community meetings, two full-day retreats and an end-of-year evaluation and celebration, in addition to all the other reports and assessments we ask of them.”

TR@TC2 extends the foundation established by TR@TC, the teaching residency program Goodwin started in 2009, which has graduated four cohorts of teachers who serve in New York City schools. TR@TC residents were prepared to work in either secondary inclusive education, intellectual disability/autism, or the teaching of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Now in its second funding cycle, TR@TC2 is currently recruiting its sixth cohort of Teaching Residents (TRs). >>Learn more 

(Published September, 2015)

Published Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Creating the Path

Watch this video to learn what TR@TC alumni, principals of partnership schools, and Project Director A. Lin Goodwin have to say about the impact and accomplishments of the first five years of the program.

“The education profession is recognizing that content alone is not adequate—that we need to think about accessibility and diverse learners,” says A. Lin Goodwin (Ed.D. ’87), TC’s Vice Dean and Evenden Professor of Education, and NIE’s first Ruth Wong Professor of Teacher Education and Co-Director of the joint M.A. program between TC and NIE. “What does it mean to teach science at the secondary school level to kids who don’t speak English as a first language, or who have educations that have been interrupted by war? How do we teach the person, not the subject?”

One answer is Teaching Residents at Teachers College 2 (TR@TC2), the 18-month teaching residency created and directed by Goodwin to prepare diverse, highly qualified teachers of English as a Second Language, Students with Disabilities, Science Biology and General Science, and Science-Students with Disabilities. Residents in the intensive, supportive, master’s degree program, which is funded by a $7.5 million Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) federal grant, complete their fieldwork with a consortium of New York City public schools, reflecting the U.S. Department of Education’s focus on building partnerships between universities and high-need school districts.

TC is among 24 teacher preparation programs nationwide funded by the TQP grants to prepare more than 11,000 teachers, with a national goal of improving student achievement, especially in the STEM disciplines.  

Vice Dean A. Lin Goodwin has established the TR@TC2 teaching residency program.

Vice Dean A Lin Goodwin has established the TR@TC2 teaching residency program.

TR@TC2 builds on the College’s leadership in medical residency-style teacher preparation. Teaching residents complete a year-long residency in which they are paired with experienced mentor teachers and spend extensive time in various NYCDOE schools. They receive close support from residency supervisors, and ongoing professional support upon completion of the program. Admitted Teaching Residents (TRs) receive a $30,000 stipend, a generous scholarship, and health insurance assistance.

Resident students co-teach with experienced mentors, immerse themselves in education research and enact the principle of universal design for learning and curriculum development, which calls for educators to create a pathway to understanding for each and every learner.

“The demands we place on our mentor teachers are way beyond those of other programs,” Goodwin says. “They undergo four days of training, orientation and professional development before school starts. They attend monthly learning community meetings, two full-day retreats and an end-of-year evaluation and celebration, in addition to all the other reports and assessments we ask of them.”

TR@TC2 extends the foundation established by TR@TC, the teaching residency program Goodwin started in 2009, which has graduated four cohorts of teachers who serve in New York City schools. TR@TC residents were prepared to work in either secondary inclusive education, intellectual disability/autism, or the teaching of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Now in its second funding cycle, TR@TC2 is currently recruiting its sixth cohort of Teaching Residents (TRs). >>Learn more 

(Published September, 2015)

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