West Virginia’s educator preparation programs (EPPs) are required to transition to the West Virginia Residency Model (WVRM), a residency-based teacher preparation program. By fall of 2024, EPPs are required to offer the residency model for all undergraduate licensure areas to their incoming freshman cohorts. Teacher Residency Programs combine coursework in education with extensive on-the-job training and are a way to address the recruitment and retention challenges that have led to teacher shortages across the nation.
To support the WVRM for state and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs), the Region 5 Comprehensive Center team conducted webinars and developed resources that focus on key evidence-based factors, gathered from exemplar states and programs to help ensure a smooth transition and effective path forward. Following a report on developing Sustainable Funding of WVRM, the team conducted a webinar discussing the key strategies, including: (1) identifying opportunities for raising new revenues; (2) reallocating existing resources; (3) reducing the cost of the WVRM; (4) finding cost savings in other operational areas and reinvesting these to support the WVRM; and (5) cost sharing between the state, EPPs, and partner school districts.