Ongoing Teacher Support
We work with graduates of the Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) through their first years of teaching to help them become highly effective teachers and leaders. Building on the themes introduced during our pre-service curriculum, our ongoing professional development helps teachers make evidence-based decisions that result in improved student learning.
A team of Clinical Teacher Educators (CTEs) work with residents, graduates, and their colleagues to understand their students as thinkers and to practice methods of ambitious instruction that lead to better outcomes for students.
The CTEs offer three types of support:
Content-focused coaching groups: Collaborative learning groups for BTR graduates and their colleagues are offered throughout the school year. The groups (by subject area) are usually focused on a specific aspect of content-related pedagogy are designed to help teachers reach the next stage of teaching.
One-on-one coaching: CTEs help BTR graduates meet their personal learning goals by conducting classroom observations, co-teaching lessons, and providing lesson-planning support.
Professional learning communities: Most BTR graduates work in schools with other residency graduates; CTEs support these groups of like-minded teachers as they collaborate in teams to improve student outcomes and continuously improving their practice.
All of this work in grounded in daily classroom practice and guided by student performance data.
Alumni of Boston Teacher Residency have opportunities to form professional networks, share their knowledge, engage in conversations about education policy, and seek advice and collegial support in continued learning. With our alumni network, we are working to create a cadre of lifetime learners who work together to make a significant impact in the field of education.
Alumni Board: Our active alumni board oversees a variety of subject-area and affinity groups, including a network of male teachers of color, a group focused on policy issues in education, and a group that is collaborating with other organizations to create Gay-Straight Alliances in their schools.
Social networking: Through an active Facebook community, alumni share information from the network and beyond; monthly “Make-A-Difference Networking” nights in locations throughout Boston provide opportunities for idea sharing and socializing.
Professional development: We provide professional seminars, speaker series, math nights, and other opportunities for alumni to learn from each other. A professional symposium each spring provides a forum for graduates and others in the field to share their knowledge and experiences with the larger education community.
BTR buzz: As shared experiences are often the best marketing tool, BTR graduates join together to recruit new teachers for Boston’s schools. They refer prospective applicants and host them in their classrooms, attend career fairs at their alma maters, serve on the admissions committee, interview and rate applicants, and co-host recruitment events.
Leadership opportunities: Residency graduates often take on teacher-leadership roles within their schools, acting as instructional coaches, team facilitators, language assessment and special education coordinators, and mentor teachers. Many BTR alumni have become leaders by hosting and mentoring residents in their classrooms. These leadership opportunities allow graduates to have a broader impact by spreading best practices and contributing to school transformation efforts.
Advocacy: Residency graduates speak out about important educational issues locally and nationally, ensuring that teachers’ voices are included in conversations with political, educational, and community leaders.