On the evening of June 18, 2019, the Honorable Mayor Ras J Baraka of the City of Newark acknowledged members of the Montclair State University community at the Newark Montclair Urban Teacher Residency’s 2019 Resident Recognition & 10-Year Residency Celebration.
Through two iterations of a US Department of Education Teacher Quality Partnership grant, Montclair State University (MSU), in partnership with the Newark Public Schools (NPS), has offered the innovative, apprentice-based teacher preparation program known as the Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency (NMUTR). Since 2009, the NMUTR has prepared over 100 teachers, including the 11 Residents whom the Mayor and Superintendent of Newark Public Schools, Roger Leon, recognized at the event for successfully obtaining a Master of Arts in Teaching and Certification to teach Early Childhood/Special Education, secondary Mathematics or Science.
For over half a century, Montclair State University & Newark Public Schools have worked collaboratively. The partners have designed the NMUTR to provide all of the essential components of an effective teacher preparation program, modeling medical residencies: sharing facilities, co-leading teaching experiences and coursework, as well as identifying and strengthening models of excellence. Representatives from NPS and MSU’s College of Education & Human Services faculty co-designed the curriculum to ensure all candidates receive rigorous preparation that will prepare them to be exceptional teachers and school leaders. The NMUTR is not just about supplying the Newark Public Schools with new teachers – it recruits and prepares outstanding teachers with a passion for urban education, deep commitment and dedication to the Newark community, and a relentless focus on high levels of student engagement and achievement.
The legacy of the NMUTR will be extended through new projects through ongoing collaboration between the University & the City of Newark, such as the Newark Teacher Project and the recently launched Newark Public Schools Teacher Education Academy.