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D.C. Awards $2M to Increase Number of Highly-Effective Teachers

WI Staff Report | 6/30/2011, 3:12 p.m.

WASHINGTON, DC -- Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Deputy Mayor for Education De'Shawn Wright have announced the winners of the 2011 "Race to the Top" Charter School Teacher Pipelines grant competition - an Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) initiative designed to increase the number of highly effective teachers in the District's charter classrooms.

Each program - the Urban Teacher Center/Charter School Collaborative Teacher Pipeline project developed by Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy and the Capital Teacher Residency program led by KIPP DC and E.L. Haynes Public Charter School - will receive a $1 million grant.

"One of the most important things we can do to reform our schools is to recruit and retain the most effective workforce in the nation. This program brings us much closer to that goal," Gray said.

These awards will help the District of Columbia recruit, train and support a cadre of new, highly effective teachers that will serve in the DC public education system. Both winners will receive $1 million to implement teacher residency programs that provide extra support for prospective teachers and leadership opportunities for highly effective teachers to serve as resident mentors.

These programs will ultimately draw over 90 new teaching residents to DC schools, all of whom will undergo an intensive year of training while working towards earning a DC teaching certificate.

Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy and the Urban Teacher Center will lead a collaborative to prepare thirty-five highly effective teachers for placement at Cesar Chavez PCS, Center City PCS, Friendship PCS, Mundo Verde PCS and the DCPS Wheatley Education Campus. This is a new, four-year program that will prepare participants for the classroom and for ongoing leadership in DC schools. Upon program completion, participants will receive a dual K-8 general and special education master's degree and license.

The Capital Teaching Residency program will prepare teachers to serve at KIPP DC, E.L. Haynes PCS, Center City PCS, DC Bilingual PCS and Septima Clark PCS. This program has demonstrated great success since it began in 2009 with twenty-one teaching residents, and OSSE is thrilled to support its growth to fifty-six residents in the 2011-12 school year.

About Race to the Top

In 2010, DC was awarded a $75 million Race to the Top grant. Race to the Top is a U.S. Department of Education program to support states that demonstrate transformative plans for education reform in four areas: transitioning to enhanced standards, enhancing the access and use of data, improving teacher and principal effectiveness and turning around the lowest achieving schools.