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New Visions would like to invite interested New York City middle and high schools to apply to participate in the New Teacher Preparation Partnership (LP-UTR), a new iteration of the proven Urban Teacher Residency (UTR) model, a school-based teacher preparation program run by New Visions for Public Schools and Hunter College since 2009. This new partnership program connects the preparation of aspiring teachers with the development of experienced teachers towards the goal of improving student learning.

LP-UTR will utilize the structure of the Chancellor’s Learning Partners Program to match host schools that have had several successful years in UTR with two partner schools that are less experienced or new to teacher residency work.

Each host school will support its two partner schools in the development and integration of promising structures, systems, and strategies for preparing novice teachers and developing the coaching skills and instructional practices of experienced teachers.

Why should my school participate in LP-UTR?

The LP-UTR schools will have the opportunity to prepare and then hire novice teachers who are ready to meet the needs and develop the assets of New York City’s middle and high school students to ensure that all are on track to graduate college and career ready.

LP-UTR schools will also benefit from slowing down the “revolving door” of new teacher attrition that decreases student achievement and faculty collaboration. A recent independent study found that nearly 90 percent of graduates from the first UTR cohort (2009-2010) are still teaching four years later. In addition, students taught by residents of the program outperform students of other early-career teachers on key New York State Regents exams and course grades.

What does participating in LP-UTR look like?

Upon acceptance into the program, the process for your school will begin in Spring 2015, when teachers and leaders will select and match residents at the school. In September 2015, residents will begin working in the classrooms and the school will design mentor schedules, allowing for adequate coaching time for residents. Throughout the school year, starting in July 2015, each team will dedicate about 10 hours per month, toward planning and/or professional development to support resident, mentor, and school learning, including, inter-school visitations, program feedback and revision of practices based on program learnings.

What support will my school receive as an LP-UTR school?

LP-UTR schools will receive tailored support from a facilitator with instructional and operational expertise, targeted bi-monthly coaching support at the school for residents and mentors and quarterly full-day professional development for mentors. Schools will also receive funding for the cost of per diem for staff, per session planning time for professional development, printed materials and equipment for program activities, as well as funding towards stipends and health benefits for residents and financial support to mentor teachers.

Is my school eligible to participate in LP-UTR?

LP-UTR schools serve secondary grades (7-12) and vary in enrollment size, geographic location, and network affiliation. To learn more about eligibility as a host school or partner school, click here.

How do I apply?

Applications are due before Wednesday, January 13, 2017 by 5 p.m. They will be reviewed on a rolling basis and schools are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. LP-UTR Triads will be finalized in April 2015. For questions about the program and/or the application process, email Rachelle Verdier at rverdier@newvisions.org.

For more details about LP-UTR click here.