High Quality, Collaborative, Forward-Thinking
Colorado’s understanding that high-quality teachers are key to educating informed, productive American citizens has never been greater.
Denver Public Schools (DPS) is forging a groundbreaking partnership with two local universities to invest in aspiring teachers’ education while they are still earning an undergraduate teaching degree. College seniors at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) and the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) who are working toward a bachelor’s degree and teaching license will have the opportunity to become student teacher residents in a DPS school for a full year under the mentorship of a master teacher.
This full year of mentorship greatly strengthens the practical learning experience for aspiring teachers in their final year as an undergraduate. The partnership will present an opportunity for student teachers to work directly with a veteran DPS teacher for the year, receiving critical support, mentorship and feedback during their senior year of college before becoming a first year teacher.
The Denver Student Teacher Residency (STR) is the first program of its kind in any city in America that DPS is aware of to unite a school system and university partners to provide this type of intensive residency experience for students in their final year of college. The aims of STR will be to better support and train new teachers in an effort to better prepare them for DPS classrooms, leading to more successful new teachers and increased retention. After their year of the Residency, student teachers will graduate from college and receive priority hiring status for a full-time job in Denver Public Schools.
ARE YOU READY FOR THE CHALLENGE?
This program is looking for candidates who have demonstrated strong performance in their coursework leading up to student teaching and who are deeply committed to working with Denver’s children in the city’s classrooms. While the Residency year is rigorous and intense, candidates will be fully prepared for the challenges faced by novice teachers.