DENVER, Jan. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- It's widely accepted that student success in the classroom and beyond depends greatly on teachers. Denver Public Schools (DPS) is committed to finding and implementing ways to recruit and retain qualified, talented teachers who want to teach and stay in the profession long-term.
The DPS Denver Teacher Residency Program (DTR) is a unique program designed to do just that: prepare, license, hire and keep skilled teachers in DPS classrooms. DTR is an alternative way for professionals who already have a bachelor's degree to jump into teaching. Plus, teachers who go through the program earn a master's degree from the University of Denver, have supported time teaching in the classroom and are guaranteed a job in DPS. Once teachers finish their fourth year teaching in the district, they receive full reimbursement of their tuition in the program.
The program has acted as a steady pipeline for bringing talented professionals to the teaching industry and specifically to Denver Public Schools, which is now the fastest growing urban school district in the country – growing by more than 10,500 students in the past five years. This means the school system has had a continual need to seek and retain talented teachers to schools across the city.
DPS has launched a ground-breaking teacher support and multi-measure assessment system, Leading Effective Academic Practice (LEAP), to help ensure that teachers have the appropriate professional development to continually improve practice and apply effective teaching methods in classrooms. In addition, DPS pays its teachers using ProComp, an innovative system that rewards teachers by offering salary incentives for service in hard-to-serve schools, teaching in high-needs subject areas, professionalism and high performance.
Currently, DTR is accepting applications for this year's program. The application deadline is February 15, 2013. Typically, the application takes two to four weeks to complete, so applicants are encouraged to visit www.denverteacherresidency.org to learn more and begin the application process. DTR is looking for individuals from all backgrounds, but the need is especially high for bilingual teachers who would be willing to teach secondary math or science.
"Talented, effective teachers at any point in their career are incredibly important for student success," said Shannon Hagerman, executive director of DTR. "Professionals who may be mid-career and are looking for a change, make ideal teachers. They bring an alternative perspective to the classroom, and our students benefit beyond anything we can measure on a test."
Applicants are not required to have teaching experience. All applicants must complete the online application at www.denverteacherresidency.org. Components of the application include personal information, educational background, university transcripts, essays, references, resume, and verification of a passing score for the PLACE or Praxis II exam, the exams anyone who wants to teach in Colorado must take. For more information about both exams, visit the DTR website and click on FAQs.
There is a limited number of resident spaces available. Once the application process is complete, DTR invites applicants for interviews and phase II of the process. More information can be found at www.denverteacherresidency.org.
SOURCE Denver Public Schools