Teacher Residency Model Gains National Attention


Teacher Dana Lockhart is still in training and is a member of VCU’s teacher residency program. Here she teaches while VCU President Michael Rao looks on. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / WVTF / RADIO IQ)

If you want to be a teacher, you can go to school and pay for your master’s in education. Or, you can make a 4-year commitment to teaching in Richmond Public Schools in exchange for a master’s degree through Virginia Commonwealth University, a practically-guaranteed job, and learning through doing. It’s a unique approach — there are only about 20 programs like it in the country. Now, as Mallory Noe-Payne reports, the federal government is taking notice.

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