Montclair State University Faculty in Residence have worked in the Newark Public Schools for many years and have been deeply involved in the partnership, spending part of their time in the schools. They are very knowledgeable of the Newark schools and already considered part of the community. Lead and Core faculty have primary responsibility for facilitating communication between the university and the schools. They serve on the Residency Operations Committee, Teaching Resident Selection Committee, and the School and Mentor Selection Committee. They provide leadership and ensure coherence for the academic work of the residents as well as professional development for novice and experienced teachers. They teach courses, participate in professional development initiatives, observe and conference with residents, engage in formal professional conversations and facilitate meetings focused on issues of concern to new and experienced teachers; facilitate and collaborate on inquiry and action research on questions about teaching and learning.
- Monica Taylor
- Emily Klein
- Doug Larkin
- Susan Wray
The NMTR is organized around two clusters of teacher-preparing schools—an early childhood/elementary/special education cluster; and a secondary math/science cluster. Montclair State University faculty members serve as Faculty in Residence to the two clusters to provide leadership and ensure coherence for the academic work of the residents as well as the professional development for novice and experienced teachers. The Lead and Core faculty as well as other MSU faculty from the College of Education and Human Services and the College of Science and Mathematics observe teachers and provide coaching and feedback; engage in formal professional conversations and facilitate meetings focused on issues of concern to new and experienced teachers; facilitate and collaborate on inquiry and action research on questions about teaching and learning; and teach courses in the schools for candidates in the teaching residency apprenticeship MAT program.
Graduate courses for teaching residents are held across all Residency schools. All the MAT coursework is closely linked to classroom practice; the content and assignments are situated in the Newark Public Schools and the larger Newark community. The classrooms serve as laboratories or studios in which residents can observe, practice, and apply the ideas they are learning in their coursework.
Residency activity involves weekly group seminar sessions among teaching residents, led by MSU faculty. The meetings serve several important purposes. Residents share their growing knowledge and understanding of classroom life, teacher practice, and student learning. They problem-solve collaboratively with their professors about issues, challenges, and questions they have about practice. Professors have a forum for the ongoing assessment of residents’ growing understandings and needs, and for discussions of ways to better meet their needs. Cohort members build their identities as teachers and as members of the cohort. School- and classroom-based immersion with experienced mentor teachers, instructional rounds, and regular seminar meetings all support residents as they develop the knowledge, habits, and understandings required to be successful teachers in an urban setting.