Jacksonville Teacher Residency (JTR) was created in 2014 to address the high turnover rate of math and science teachers in Jacksonville’s high-needs middle and high schools.
In 2017, JTR expanded its program to include high-needs elementary schools.
We found that teachers who left these schools did so because they did not feel prepared to teach in the unique environment of the urban, high-needs classroom. Indeed, the majority of traditional teacher preparation programs provide broad experiences for their teachers-in-training. But few of them focus on urban education specifically.
An urban teacher residency program that provides a yearlong teaching apprenticeship alongside a Clinical Residency Mentor (CRM) in an urban high-needs school AND formal urban education curriculum from the University of North Florida (UNF).
To do this, Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) and UNF work together in a true partnership that brings an in-depth, evidence-based approach to urban teacher preparation.
As of now, JTR has prepared 30 new teachers for successful careers in Jacksonville high-needs schools.