Giving Teachers the Tools to Make a Difference
Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) recruits talented college graduates, career changers and community members of all ages and gives them the tools to make an immediate impact in the classrooms of the Boston Public Schools (BPS). Combining a yearlong classroom apprenticeship with targeted master’s-level coursework, the program offers much more than just an affordable route into teaching. BTR provides every Resident with the practical learning, hands-on experience and ongoing support essential to any successful career in teaching. Download the program flyer.
The Residency Year
After an intensive two-month summer institute, Residents spend the entire academic year in a BPS classroom. They work under the close guidance of an experienced mentor teacher four days a week, devoting one evening and all day Friday to rigorous coursework and seminars. This combination helps Residents link classroom experience to the latest in education theory and research, all within the context of the local education environment and the district-specific goals of the BPS.
- Yearlong classroom apprenticeship
- Rigorous, aligned coursework
- Focus on BPS/Boston context
- Collaborative learning environment
The program’s unique blend of theory and practice, combined with an emphasis on collaborative learning and peer support, gives Residents a field-tested foundation for success in the urban classroom. By the time BTR graduates become teachers of record in a BPS classroom, they already have a year of experience in their schools, an understanding of the challenges that lie ahead and an ever-expanding support network of fellow educators. Learn more about the residency year.
For the duration of their three-year commitment and beyond, BTR graduates receive comprehensive support designed to reinforce and expand upon their learning from the residency year. Graduates benefit from targeted courses and seminars, expert induction coaching, placement in collaborative clusters within schools, and an active BTR alumni community.
- Placement in graduate clusters
- Active alumni network
- One-on-one induction coaching
- Targeted professional development
Induction coaches provide tailored support to help BTR graduates accelerate their transition from novice to skilled teacher, building upon the inquiry model of teaching and learning central to BTR’s residency training. Graduates also learn to work closely with their colleagues and school leaders to develop a data-based, collaborative culture within their schools – furthering whole-school improvement goals and leading to a more powerful professional community for teachers, improved instruction in the classroom, and ultimately higher achievement for students. Learn more about ongoing support.
An Affordable Route into Teaching
To help with living expenses during their yearlong preparation, BTR provides a $12,100 stipend and eligibility for health care benefits. Residents can also apply for financial aid through UMass Boston to supplement their stipend income. For those eligible, an AmeriCorps Education Award can be used to cover in full the cost of the master’s degree. In addition, by honoring the three-year teaching commitment, graduates participate in a unique tuition remission agreement.
- Master's degree from UMass Boston
- MA Initial Teacher License and dual licensure in SPED
- $12,100 stipend for living expenses
- AmeriCorps Education Award
for those eligible
At the end of the year, graduates earn a Massachusetts Initial Teacher License, a master’s degree in education from UMass Boston and credit toward a dual license in special education (which they complete the following year). More importantly, their continued commitment to the Boston Public Schools earns them back the full cost of tuition — for each year they teach in a BPS classroom, the program forgives one-third of their initial $10,000 loan. Learn more about affordability.
The BTR Impact
The specialized knowledge and support that BTR provides for new teachers is more than just the foundation for a successful career — it's a difference that benefits students, schools and communities throughout Boston.
hired by BPS are still
teaching in BPS.
“Weve got to do a better job recruiting and preparing new teachers... that means creating alternate pathways to teaching
for talented young people by expanding programs like the one used in Boston, where aspiring teachers work side-by-side with effective mentors in a
-President Barack Obama
November 4, 2009