Innovative Teacher Preparation

The Seattle Teacher Residency program is a leader in rethinking the way that teachers are prepared to be Day 1 ready.

The Residency Model

Urban teacher residency programs, pioneered over the last two decades in cities such as Boston, Chicago, and Denver successfully apply the medical residency model to teacher preparation. By blending classroom apprenticeship with aligned, graduate-level course work and an intensive resident/mentor partnership, residencies such as STR aim to accelerate student achievement through the training, support and retention of excellent teachers.

Social Justice Focus

For too long, race, income, and language have been predictors of academic achievement. STR is committed to preparing teachers to work in culturally and linguistically diverse communities so that schools can transform and change these inequities for students.

Core Practices

The Core Practices stem from the Values of our program and describe what the work of teaching looks like. The Core Practices are what we DO as teachers, the actions we take, that make the vision and values real and tangible. To that end, the STR Instructional Team uses these Core Practices to plan coursework and makes these practices transparent within their own instruction. In addition, the Core Practices are grounded in the coaching model. Residents are expected to identify core practices in planning for their own instruction and will be evaluated throughout the year with a framework that incorporates these elements.

STR Graduate Benefits

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Master in Teaching degree from the University of Washington
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Washington State Residency Teaching Certificate, with endorsements in Elementary K-8 and your choice of English Language Learner or Special Education
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Priority hiring in Seattle Public Schools
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Access to the STR network of graduates, mentors, instructors, and principals

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The Residency Year

The Seattle Teacher Residency is a Masters in Teaching program completed through the University of Washington. The 5 quarter program begins in June and runs through August of the following year. Graduates of the program commit to teaching in a Title I school in Seattle Public Schools for 5 years following their residency year.

Residents begin the program and immediately start working with students at an elementary summer school.
Residents take coursework in methods of teaching literacy, mathematics, and the arts, as well as foundational coursework for working with English language learners and students with disabilities.
Residents learn about the social and political foundations of school and schooling, and begin to engage in our Community, Families, and Politics strand.
Starting from the first day of their SPS placement school, alongside their Mentor teacher, Residents begin developing relationships with students and families while learning to develop a classroom community.
Residents continue coursework on Wednesday evenings and Fridays, continuing to develop strategies and skills around teaching literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies.
One Saturday in the Fall is dedicated to attending the Education Summit with the Black Prisoners' Caucus at Monroe Correctional Complex, where Residents will hear about the impact of negative school experiences in perpetuating the School-to-Prison Pipeline.
During winter and spring quarters, residents continue in their placement with their mentor teacher. They co-plan and co-teach with their mentor teacher on a daily basis and continue to hone their practice while working with students.
Residents will take on Lead Teaching during each program quarter, in addition to participating in Studio Days professional development. During Lead Teaching, residents are responsible for the bulk of the lesson planning and teaching, while their mentor teacher provides feedback and support.
Residents will complete the edTPA, a national performance assessment required for program completion. Residents who have successfully completed all evaluations and coursework will be recommended for priority hiring from SPS and interview for teaching positions during this quarter.
The second summer quarter includes coursework related to residents’ choice of second endorsement in either ELL or SPED.
SPED Residents will finish their second endorsement in August. General Education Residents will complete a Fall Practicum during their first year of teaching to finish their second endorsement.
At the end of the summer, Residents begin working as teachers of record in Seattle Public Schools, starting the first of their five year commitment to the district's high-need schools.

Curriculum

There are two pathways in the STR program.  In the General Education pathway, Residents choose their second endorsement about halfway through the program – ELL (English Language Learner) or SPED (Special Education).  In the Special Education pathway, Residents front-load some of the SPED coursework earlier in the program.

Select your curriculum :
ELEMENTARY + ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER ENDORSEMENTS
  • Teaching and Learning in Literacy
  • Teaching and Learning in Numeracy
  • Schools and Society/Working in Schools
  • Classroom Management
  • Child Development
  • Differentiated Instruction: Learning Environments and Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
  • Foundations in Special Education
  • Assessment in Elementary Education
  • Teaching & Learning in Science
  • Social Studies Education: Elementary School Programs and Practices
  • Multicultural Education
  • Field Experience
  • Approaches to Assessing 2nd Language Students in K-12 Schools
  • Multicultural Socialization and Development
  • Methods in Teaching English as a 2nd Language
ELEMENTARY + SPECIAL EDUCATION ENDORSEMENTS
  • Teaching and Learning in Literacy
  • Teaching and Learning in Numeracy
  • Schools and Society/Working in Schools
  • Classroom Management
  • Child Development
  • Differentiated Instruction: Learning Environments and Cultural and Linguistic Diversity=
  • Foundations in Special Education
  • Assessment in Elementary Education
  • Teaching & Learning in Science
  • Social Studies Education: Elementary School Programs and Practices
  • Multicultural Education
  • Field Experience
  • Managing Student Behavior: Positive Behavior Intervention Support
  • Evidence Based Practice in Special Education Curriculum: Developing and Progress Monitoring
SPECIAL EDUCATION + ELEMENTARY ENDORSEMENTS
  • Special Education Seminar
  • Teaching and Learning in Literacy
  • Teaching and Learning in Numeracy
  • Schools and Society/Working in Schools
  • Classroom Management
  • Child Development
  • Differentiated Instruction: Learning Environments and Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
  • Foundations in Special Education
  • Assessment in Elementary Education
  • Teaching & Learning in Science
  • Social Studies Education: Elementary School Programs and Practices
  • Multicultural Education
  • Field Experience
  • Managing Student Behavior: Positive Behavior Intervention Support
  • Evidence Based Practice in Special Education Curriculum: Developing and Progress Monitoring

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