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March 31, 2017 • admin

Project Inspire featured in U.S. News and World Report

Read the full article at usnews.com

Graduate Teacher Residency Programs Help Educators Make the Grade

Through these programs, prospective teachers train to help low-income, high-need schools

By Margaret Loftus, Contributor | March 30, 2017, at 9:30 a.m.

… Similar to the medical school residency, where physicians are trained in hospitals alongside practicing clinicians, these teacher prep programs give participants almost immediate exposure to leading a K-12 classroom instead of holding off and providing a shorter student-teaching stint just before they earn a degree.
“The best place to train a teacher is in a school,” says Mark Neal, the director of Project Inspire, a teacher residency in Chattanooga, Tennessee. “Everything you’re learning is being applied in a classroom.”

… So far, retention rates are promising. While federal data indicate that about 1 in 6 public school teachers leave the profession within the first five years, other estimates suggest that the figure might be as high as 50 percent. In 2015-2016, the five-year retention rate across NCTR programs was 70 percent.