Boston Teacher Residency
Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) recruits highly talented, diverse people who are committed to becoming urban teachers and provides them with a year of intense learning based in the classroom. Residents commit to teach in Boston for three years, and BTR supports its graduates over that period as they develop from novice teachers to effective teachers.
BTR prepares teachers to meet the needs of Boston’s diverse learners, including English language learners and students with special needs. In the classrooms of our graduates, we expect every student will make at least one year’s worth of growth, while developing the skills and dispositions to succeed in college, career, and life.
BTR has prepared more than 525 teachers since it was founded in 2003. Most of these graduates teach in Boston’s highest-need areas:
- 37% teach special education or English as a Second Language
- 55% of secondary teachers teach math and science
- 49% are teachers of color.
This critical mass of like-minded, effective teachers is improving outcomes for students all over Boston. With Urban Teacher Residency United, BTR is leading the way nationally in improving how teachers are educated.
The Ambitious Teacher
To ensure we’re developing consistently high-quality teachers, we’ve undertaken a significant redesign of our program over the past two years. Our latest publication, "The Ambitious Teacher: Accelerating the Learning Curve in New Teacher Preparation," describes how we created and aligned standards, assignments, assessments, and support to help our teachers-in- training master a common set of ambitious teaching practices.