Closing the Revolving Door: Year-Long Residency Prepares Preservice Teachers for Urban Schools

Abstract

The Urban Student Teacher Advanced Residency (USTAR) Program is a partnership between Texas A&M University (TAMU) and Spring Independent School District. Four EC-6 Education students were selected to participate in the pilot year of the USTAR program. Rather than participating in their traditional senior year at TAMU, these four Education students relocated to Houston, Texas to experience a full year of multicultural teaching in an urban environment during the 2016-2017 academic school year. A survey and follow up interviews near the end of the 2017-2018 school year determined ways in which the USTAR program prepared these teachers for their first year of employment at a Title I school.

Author Biographies

Taylor Gilley, Texas A&M University, College Station
Urban Education Doctoral Student Department of Teaching, Learning & Culture
Amy Rector Aranda, Texas A&M University, College Station
Department of Teaching, Learning & Culture
Published
2019-07-03