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Working to succeed
BTR grad Hugh Coleman teaches hard work and leads the Brighton HS basketball team to the state championships.
Steve Buckley, Boston Herald

30 Under 30: Innovative Educators
BTR Grad Laura Cennamo is recognized for her work with the Countdown to High School Initiative, a BPS program she created with other educators and fellow BTR grads.
Splashlife, May 31, 2011

Urban Science Academy’s William Madden-Fuoco Nominated as 2012 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year
BTR Grad Bill Madden-Fuoco is one of four educators nominated for the award to be announced at a June 16th ceremony
David Ertischek, West Roxbury Patch, May 19, 2011

Top 25 Innovations in Government Announced
BTR, a 2008 Finalist for the award, is again named one of the Top 25 Innovations in American Government by the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School. The IAG awards honor organizations at the local, state, and federal level for "creative problem-solving." Five finalists will be announced later this year.
Press release, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School, May 2, 2011

New Leadership and New Direction Underway for the Boston Plan for Excellence and BTR
Jesse Solomon assumes new leadership and will lead BPE and BTR in a convergence of the two organizations
Press release, Boston Plan for Excellence, March 25, 2011

Revamping the Teaching Profession: Investing in teachers from the very beginning
The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at UPenn published a report on improving teacher quality, and encourages donors to invest in programs that provide an effective "Model in Practice" such as the teacher residencies in Boston, Chicago, and Denver.
The Center for High Impact Philanthropy, School for Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania, March 24, 2011

Building a High-Quality Teaching Profession: Lessons from around the world
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD] published a report for the International Summit on the Teaching Profession, recognizing BTR as an innovative program in the US that prepares "high-flying graduates" for work in city schools.
Report, International Summit on the Teaching Profession, New York, March 17, 2011

Background on the President’s Trip to TechBoston Academy
President Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Melinda Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are scheduled to visit TechBoston Academy on Tuesday, March 8th. This White House press release provides some background on the visit and recognizes partner organizations, including the Boston Teacher Residency.
Press release, The White House, March 8, 2011

The Talent Strategy: How to make sure every student has a great teacher
Michele Cahill and Talia Milgrom-Elcott of the Carnegie Corporation of New York provide strategies for ensuring a strong, effective teacher at the helm of every classroom, including the expansion of teacher training programs like the residency model pioneered by BTR.
Boston Globe, February 3, 2011

Panel Calls for Turning Teacher Education ‘Upside Down’
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) convened a Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships for Improved Student Learning. Jesse Solomon, Director of the Boston Teacher Residency, was brought on as one of the experts that helped shape the panel recommendations.
Press release, The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), November 16, 2010

At new writing center, Charlestown students find their voice on paper
BTR Cohort 3 graduate Kati Delahanty leads the new Charlestown High School Writing Center, which provides CHS students with one-on-one tutoring from college students through a unique partnership with the University of Massachusetts-Boston, the Boston Writing Project, and the Calderwood Foundation.
Sara Brown, Boston Globe, November 8, 2010

Don’t Wait for Superman - Focus on Teachers
An opinion piece from BTR Cohort 2 graduate Caitlin Hollister
Boston Globe, October 12, 2010

How to recruit better teachers
TIME magazine's cover story asks 'What Makes a School Great?' and features BTR as a solution to the question of how to recruit, prepare and support exceptional teachers.
John Cloud, TIME, September 20, 2010

BTR secures private sector match, receives U.S. Department of Education i3 grant
After meeting its 20% private-sector funding match, BTR has been awarded a $5M, four-year Investing in Innovation grant to recruit, prepare and support teachers to drive significant student achievement gains in Boston's turnaround schools
Press Release, United States Department of Education

Teaching Programs Attract Students Looking for Jobs
Harvard graduates are increasingly seeking careers in education, largely through BTR and other alternate routes.
Rediet T. Abebe and Linda Zhang, Harvard Crimson, August 5, 2010

BTR named a finalist in U.S. Department of Education’s i3 grant competition
Out of 1700 applications, the U.S. Department of Education has chosen 49 finalists for its $650M Investing in Innovation (i3) grant competition to start or expand research-based, innovative programs that help close the achievement gap and improve outcomes for high-need students.
Press Release, United States Department of Education

Programs Train Teachers Using Medical School Model
What if we prepared teachers the same way we prepare doctors?
Claudio Sanchez, NPR, April 22, 2010

BTR awarded five-year, $15M U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership grant
In partnership with Boston Public Schools, Boston Plan for Excellence, UMass Boston and Wheelock College, BTR will be intensifying its preparation and support of teachers to raise achievement levels for students in high-needs areas through the TQP grant program.
Press Release, United States Department of Education

Diploma Plus approaches specializes in educating dropouts
BTR graduates at Charlestown High reengage students with a rigorous and restorative approach to learning
Julia Steiny, The Providence Journal, February 14, 2010

The Boston Teacher Residency: District-Based Teacher Education
Exploring the core principles of urban teacher residency programs against the backdrop of BTR's creation and development
Jesse Solomon, BTR Director, Journal of Teacher Education

Teachers Need Feedback
Letter to the Editor
Caitlin Hollister, BTR Cohort 2 graduate, Boston Globe, November 8, 2009

Inexperience Not Preferred
Urban districts are in crisis. Who is in charge?
Ami Novoryta, Cohort 7 BTR Resident, Education Week, August 12, 2009

Where the Jobs Are: Teaching
It’s a field that’s bound to grow no matter the state of the economy
Tara Weiss, Forbes, April 23, 2009

Teachers Welcome
Teach for Boston?
Boston Globe, April 6, 2009

Making the Grade
Engaging and supporting new teachers is one of the biggest challenges facing education systems.
Peter Howe, NECN

Boston Reinvents Teacher Training
How to recruit, grow, and keep teachers in a tough urban climate
Scholastic

Teacher Training, Tailor-Made
Top candidates win customized teacher education
Katherine Newman, Education Next

Aspiring Teachers Take Up Residence
Urban districts are turning to another model of preparation to get teachers—one run by an outside group that mixes classroom training with practical experience in their own schools
Vaishali Honawar, Education Week

Boston, Chicago Teacher “Residencies” Gaining Notice
Candidates spend year working in classrooms, overseen by mentors
Vaishali Honawar, Education Week

Innovations in American Government Awards: Boston Teacher Residency
Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Institute honors BTR’s improvements in teacher recruitment and retention for the Boston Public Schools

Boston Teacher Residency: Real-World Training and Cost Incentives Keep Teachers Teaching
Homegrown training for Beantown devotees
Grace Rubenstein, Edutopia

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