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TC2 Residency Program

Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2)

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Mission: The Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative is an innovative partnership that prepares andsupports teachers who are committed to social justice and able to eliminate educational inequities.

The unique Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative (TC2) is part of a significant and progressive effort initiated in 2009 by the Bush Foundation to establish a new paradigm for teaching and learning in Minnesota, to improve teacher effectiveness as a means to reduce educational disparities and increase the number of learners who attend post-secondary school.

Partnership. TC2 is a partnership of six private institutions of higher education in the Twin Cities metropolitan area: Augsburg College, Bethel University, Concordia University Saint Paul, Hamline University, St. Catherine University, and the University of St. Thomas. These institutions share a long and rich history and collectively prepare nearly 20% of all new teachers licensed in Minnesota.

Programs. TC2 teacher preparation initiatives include a strategic recruitment process, a continuum of mentoring and induction, a residency-like preparation model, and embedded assessments. Each area has a work team of P-12 teachers and representatives from each of the TC2 partner organizations.

The TC2 Urban Teacher Residency Program draws upon established best practices to recruit, prepare, place and support teachers in an innovative, integrated system augmented by shared services, resources and strong partnerships with key education stakeholders. Residents are recruited along multiple new pathways to participate in the comprehensive program where they engage in a full academic year of intensive classroom experience with P-12 learners alongside specially trained master teachers. The rigorous program curriculum embodies a set of standards-based learning experiences and assessment activities aligned with the Vision of Effective Teaching (VET) that link coursework (theory) and classroom apprenticeship (practice) to better prepare prospective teachers for success in the urban classroom.

The TC2 Residency program features experiential immersion and embedded coursework and includes:

  • Co-teaching model in which residents learn and share planning, teaching, and assessment activities in classroom placement alongside mentor teachers who have been trained to work with pre-service teacher-candidates
  • Coursework emphasizing cultural competence, constructivist teaching and learning, differentiating instruction for all learners, and the role of social interaction in the construction of knowledge
  • Induction support for up to 3 years after the residency and support through professional learning communities which include residents, university faculty, supervisors, and P-12 personnel
  • Assessment and evaluation to demonstrate effectiveness at each stage of the TC2 preparation continuum; assessment outcomes linked to continuous program improvement

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