Unique, Practical Preparation          

Spring Residency

The cornerstone of the NYC Teaching Collaborative (NYCTC) are the residency experiences. From January through June, Partner Teachers (PTs) apprentice in a New York City public school classroom under the guidance of a Collaborative Coach (CC) – a veteran teacher who has demonstrated effectiveness in a high-need school in New York City.  During this time, Partner Teachers take on an increasing number of responsibilities from their CC in the planning and delivery of instruction, culminating in the delivery of a full unit in late spring. Partner Teachers also attend skill-building sessions, which are carefully designed to complement the in-school experience. 

Summer School Residency and Master's Coursework

After successfully completing the spring residency, Partner Teachers advance to the summer school residency. In July and August, Partner Teachers apply what they learned in the spring to a new group of students. This unique opportunity to “stress test” their instructional planning and delivery in a new context (summer school), prior to taking on their own classroom in the fall is a critical benefit of the Collaborative experience. During the summer, Partner Teachers also begin their Master's degree coursework to complement their second residency experience and lay the groundwork for a successful career teaching.

Fall Induction Support

As full-time teachers, induction support involves observations and feedback from program staff, school-based mentors, and university field support staff.

Years 2 & 3

During their second year as full-time teachers, Partner Teachers continue coursework toward a Master's degree in adolescent education with a concentration in the subject area they are assigned to teach. If needed, Partner Teachers will complete any required coursework to earn their master’s degree in their third year. However, most students complete their degree program in two years. 

Year 4 & Beyond

Upon enrolling in the Collaborative, Partner Teachers are committing to teach for at least four years in high-need NYC public schools. While four years is the minimum commitment required, NYCTC Partner Teachers are fully expected to making a long-term commitment to raising student achievement for students in New York City. We also hope that Partner Teachers will continue to build the Collaborative community and stay involved in the program through various opportunities to support future cohorts.