Prepared To Teach exists to shift the preparation ecosystem so that every aspiring teacher can graduate from a high-quality residency. When paid residency pathways with entry points for undergraduates, graduates, grow-your-own candidates, and career changers are the norm, the education system will be more effective and equitable.
From Vision to Action
Residencies have existed for decades, but short-term funding meant they were limited and short-lived. In 2015, Prepared To Teach was founded with a goal of finding sustainable public funding for these high-quality pathways.
To many, our ideas initially seemed radical, impossible, or both— “Fund student teachers? How ludicrous!” But today, most agree: aspiring teachers cannot work for free, and residencies should become the norm for preparation.
Our theory of change uses a multi-pronged approach at all levels of the system to achieve our goal:
- Building district and program collaboration
- Supporting partnership redesign
- Engaging a robust learning agenda
- Diffusing innovation through learning networks and open-source materials
- Shifting narratives about teacher preparation through storytelling and strong communications
- Strengthening state and federal policies
We welcome your support, partnership, and participation in this work.
In our work to build momentum and capacity to scale sustainably funded residencies, we recognize and honor the expertise of those working in the residency space. We are:
We believe change happens when everyone is at the table and ideas are shared freely and widely.
When working with partners, we lean into existing strengths as the foundation for impactful change.
We thrive on learning with and from programs, partnerships, and people in the field.