College of Education and Human Services Receives $6.3 Million Grant

The College of Education and Human Services was awarded a five-year grant, in the amount of $6,348,432.64, one of the largest in University history, from the U.S. Department of Education for the “Newark-Montclair Teaching Residency Program" (NMTRP). Dr. Jennifer Robinson, Executive Director of the College’s Center of Pedagogy, is the Principal Investigator. Partners include the College of Science and Mathematics, Newark Public Schools and the Newark Teachers’ Union.

Building on more than two decades of collaboration dedicated to preparing excellent teachers for high-need schools, the Newark Public Schools (NPS)-Montclair State University (MSU) Teaching Residency Program (NMTRP) seeks to improve student achievement by coupling rigorous research-based teacher preparation with the concrete needs and realities of Newark Public Schools.

In the five years of the grant, 100 teacher residents will participate in full-time, paid clinical apprenticeships with highly qualified mentor teachers. Simultaneously, residents will engage in rigorous coursework and will receive a master’s degree and teacher certification in either mathematics, science or elementary and special education.  Upon completion of the master’s degree, residents will be hired by Newark Public Schools and will receive induction support through the NMTRP, which will also be made available to all new teachers in Newark Public Schools.  Intensive, carefully designed professional development will support both novice and experienced teacher mentors in the continued development of their knowledge and skills for teaching, mentoring, and ultimately improving student achievement. Over the course of the project, 100 experienced teachers in Newark Public Schools will undertake National Board Certification as master teachers in their fields.

According to Dr. Ada Beth Cutler, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, “This prestigious grant is one of only 28 awarded across the country.  We are extremely proud of this recognition of our experience and expertise in preparing excellent teachers and we look forward to deepening our longstanding partnership with the Newark Public Schools through this project. Urban Teacher Residency programs represent the gold standard in teacher preparation and we are eager to begin this groundbreaking project.”

“Innovative strategies, such as this program, are the only hope that high need districts will have in providing plausible, sustainable solutions to the problem of identifying and supporting teachers who possess content expertise and a willingness to teach in challenging academic environments,” according to Dr. Clifford B. Janey, State District Superintendent for Newark Public Schools. “The district looks forward to working with Montclair State University.”

For more information about this program, please contact Dr. Susan Taylor, Project Director, at (973) 655- 6687.