Teaching Residency Program to Produce 100 New Teachers for Newark Schools

Montclair, NJ -- Newark Public Schools Superintendent Clifford B. Janey recently joined Montclair State University's College of Education and Human Services Dean Ada Beth Cutler, and the College's Center of Pedagogy's Executive Director Jennifer Robinson in announcing a five-year, $6.3 million grant from the US Department of Education for the Newark-Montclair Teaching Residency Program (NMTRP), a new initiative that will prepare 100 new teachers for the Newark Public Schools.

Under the leadership of Montclair State University's NMTRP Program Director Rosemary Steinbaum, the teacher residents will participate in full-time, paid clinical apprenticeships with highly-qualified mentor teachers already teaching in the Newark Public Schools. The residents will also engage in rigorous coursework, learn about the city of Newark, and intern with community organizations during the summer months.

Janey extolled the importance of the program, stating "Innovative strategies such as the Newark-Montclair Teaching Residency Program are the only hope that high-need districts have in providing sustainable solutions to supporting teachers who possess content expertise and a willingness to teach in challenging environments. The district looks forward to working with Montclair State University."

"This prestigious grant is one of only 28 awarded across the country," said Cutler. "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 Newark Public Schools through this project. Urban Teacher Residency programs represent the new gold standard in teacher preparation and we are eager to begin this groundbreaking project."

On Monday, February 1, the first group of eleven teacher residents who were selected to embark on the teacher residency initiative will start the program with opening day instruction at Montclair State University. On Tuesday, February 2, they will be introduced to staff and students at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, which is located at 42 Park Avenue in Newark. On the following days they will visit the other participating schools, Maple Avenue and McKinley.

Upon graduation the students will be qualified for a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), with dual- certification in Early Childhood/Elementary and Teacher of Students with Disabilities, or with certification in K-12 subject matter in Mathematics or a field of Science. Applications are now being accepted for the next cohort of teacher residents in the Science and Mathematics subject areas, which will begin in June 2010. In return for their education and degree, once they graduate the teachers must work in the Newark Public Schools for a minimum of three years. The program additionally provides funding for mentoring for all new Newark teachers and for 100 experienced teachers to undertake National Board Certification as master teachers in their fields.

Released: February 1, 2010