Our R5CC team will continue to use supplemental funds to support local implementation of growing, diversifying, and retaining the educator workforce through Teacher Residency Programs (TRPs) across the Region. To build additional capacity of state and local education agencies (SEA and LEAs) to support the design, implementation, and evaluation of TRPs, we will facilitate two topical webinars and pilot two tools with workgroup stakeholders.
TRPs combine coursework in education with extensive on-the-job training. There is a pressing need for SEAs and LEAs to build capacity using American Rescue Plan (ARP) Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to support the design and implementation of TRPs for longer term recovery efforts and leverage other federal funds, along with state and local resources, to fully support and sustain TRPs. To support SEAs, REAs, and LEAs, we propose capacity-building activities that will focus on key evidence-based factors.
Approach to Capacity-Building Services
This plan builds on efforts underway in West Virginia to support and implement TRPs. As of July 1, 2021, West Virginia's educator preparation programs were required to begin transitioning to the West Virginia Residency Model (WVRM), a residency-based teacher preparation program. We will conduct two topical webinars focused on evidence-based practices for identified needs and key factors of TRPs, for example, processes for matching residents and cooperating teachers, and tracking teacher supply and demand. After the webinars, we will develop and facilitate a Community of Practice (CoP) to pilot resources that support implementation of TRPs across the SEAs and LEAs.