Today, educational inequality exists along economic and racial lines. Too many children are condemned to substandard educational opportunities based solely on their zip code.
The Memphis Teacher Residency believes this is unjust and unfair. We employ a model of training that emphasizes the spiritual, social and instructional needs of teachers that we call Christian Community Education. We invite you to explore our model and to join us in Memphis as we promote Christian love expressed in equal education.
The Christian faith is both a belief and an ethic. It is a way to think and to live. God consistently calls his people to create and cultivate places that are fair. Our faith demands of us to seek justice, defend the oppressed and to take up the cause of the fatherless (Isaiah 1:17). We believe providing for the common good through education, beginning with the most marginalized, is a valid response to the gospel.
It is through relationships and in community that God has created people to thrive. We do not aspire to be individual silos of teaching excellence, but a single community—a movement of hundreds of teachers and leaders living, struggling, celebrating and working together within our partner schools and neighborhoods.
We believe the residency model is the most intensive and effective means by which to prepare teachers. Our 12-month training provides a Master of Urban Education degree and a full-year internship as a co-teacher serving in an under-resourced community. Residents receive regular feedback from a mentor teacher and an MTR instructional coach.
“I am a proud native Memphian. I love educating today’s youth because I do not believe I could do anything more significant with my life. Living in Memphis, Tennessee affords me the opportunity to live among various cultures and lifestyles.”
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