BUFFALO, NY - Canisius is taking an innovative approach to training the next generation of educators with the establishment of the Western New York Teacher Residency. Through this new program, aspiring educators will complete master’s level coursework while building their skills under the guidance of experienced teachers and leaders in high-need schools and districts.
“Similar to medical school residencies, residents in this new program will co-teach for a full year alongside veteran educators who will coach and gradually ease them into more responsibilities throughout the school year,” says Jeffrey R. Lindauer, PhD, dean of the School of Education & Human Services. He explains that urban teachers need extended experiences in the field to meet the needs of school-dependent students.
Approximately 10 individuals will be selected for the first year of the residency program. They will be eligible for a Teacher Residency Scholarship and collect a living wage stipend during year two of the residency. Upon completion of the program, residents will receive priority hiring status and make a three-year commitment to teach in an urban school in Western New York.
“The hope is that the residency program creates a pipeline of committed urban educators,” adds Lindauer.
Slated to launch in fall 2018, the WNY Teacher Residency is supported by a two-year grant from the Cullen Foundation.
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