We are proud to announce ATF President Dr. Ellen Bernstein will be a panelist this Thursday at Raise the Bar: Literacy & Math Series to Address Academic Recovery — a U.S. Department of Education event focused on strategies and programs to boost literacy and math outcomes.
President Bernstein has been invited to speak about the benefits of teacher residencies alongside New Mexico Secretary of Education Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent Scott Elder and Director of Residencies at University of New Mexico College of Education & Human Sciences Marjori Krebs. Opening remarks will be given by Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, education policy and practice expert, renowned author, and President/CEO of the Learning Policy Institute
Under President Bernstein’s leadership, the Albuquerque Teachers Federation has been a constant advocate for teacher residencies. This resulted in the 2018 launch of the Albuquerque Teacher Residency Partnership (ATRP). The program is a collaboration between the Albuquerque Teachers Federation, the University of New Mexico College of Education and Human Sciences (UNM), and Albuquerque Public Schools (APS).
New Mexico is now one of just a few states to have acted on the promise of residencies, funding one of the highest living wages for residents who are ready to work as well-prepared teachers committed to staying in our state.
The ATRP residency program is unique for the following reasons:
Residents co-teach alongside a master teacher for a full academic year.
Residents are typically embedded in ABC Community Schools, which New Mexico and Albuquerque Public Schools have also invested significantly in, serving a high percentage of high-needs students.
Residents concurrently take graduate level education courses leading to Level One Licensure.
Residents receive a $35,000 stipend during their year of residency, are guaranteed a teaching position in Albuquerque Public Schools upon completion, and commit to teaching for at least three years.
After just a few short years of the Albuquerque Teacher Residency Partnership’s existence, the results truly speak for themselves. Here are some of the findings published in a recent evaluation carried out by the National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR):
100% of ATRP graduates are more effective teachers than their non-ATRP counterparts during their first year in the classroom.
A school’s participation in hosting ATRP teacher residents positively impacts that school’s culture and student learning.
93% of co-teachers report that residents are prepared or very well prepared to be teachers of record.
Nationally, while 50% of all teachers leave high-needs schools within three years, 89% of residency graduates were still teaching after three years, and 81% after four years.
Whereas before, teachers left our state in droves for “greener pastures” elsewhere, teacher candidates are now moving to New Mexico to teach. This is due to the support and excellent preparation we now offer. What a change!