Policy Brief

Examples from the Field: Kansas City Teacher Residency

January 2024 | Education Resource Strategies

This policy brief from Education Resource Strategies describes how the Kansas City Teacher Residency (KCTR) has addressed the shortage of highly effective and diverse teachers, particularly in Title I schools. Utilizing a cohort model inspired by medical residencies, KCTR combines coursework and clinical practice, requiring a 4-year commitment from participants. The program includes a residency year, master’s coursework, and 3 additional years of teaching in Kansas City Title I schools. KCTR focuses on preparing teachers for areas of specific need, such as PreK, STEM, and special education. The program provides a living stipend, mentorship, and ongoing support through instructional coaches. As of 2022, 47 teachers had completed the program, impacting over 11,000 students. The program's success has led to expansion plans, increasing the number of residents and partner schools.