The mission of the Philadelphia Education Fund (Ed Fund) is to drive exceptional outcomes for all students by developing great teachers and building paths to college and career success: a great teacher in every classroom and a path to college and career for every student. Over the past six years, the Philadelphia Teacher Residency (PTR) has made important contributions to building the number of highly qualified teachers in the city and supporting them so they stay and continue to succeed. We have also used this time to learn more about the exemplary practices that ensure that new teachers enter the classroom fully ready to engage in teaching and learning in high needs schools in Philadelphia.
The Ed Fund is using the lessons learned from our work with PTR and the important relationships built among the educators, schools and universities to take the next steps – to scale best practices in pre-service teacher preparation to a broader partnership of providers. As a result, PTR, as a program will pause for the year.
Effective June 30, 2015, PTR direct support in the field will be discontinued. This direct support includes recruitment and selection of residents and mentors, supervision of field placements and on-site induction support.
Our proposed model for next year does include opportunities for our current participant networks to continue to engage with one another and to broaden the network to include other educators involved in teaching and learning in the Philadelphia area.
We are excited about this next step in our teacher preparation practice, and are also working toward ramping back up the PTR model along side it.
If you would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact our Vice President of Teaching, Learning and Innovation, Ami Patel Hopkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.