The Aspire Teacher Residency (ATR) is a supportive teacher training program that recruits and trains individuals of all ages and backgrounds to become highly-effective teachers.

Similar to the medical residency model, ATR prepares teachers by pairing theory and practice through master’s level coursework and classroom practicum. The goal is to provide Teacher Residents with appropriate theory and give them the opportunity to apply it in practice with the support of a successful Mentor Teacher.

The Aspire Teacher Residency offers:

  • A comprehensive four-year program that integrates exceptional academic preparation and practical teaching experience
  • Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from University of the Pacific at a deeply discounted tuition rate
  • California Preliminary Teaching Credential: Multiple Subject; Single Subject – English, Math, Science or Social Studies; or Special Education – Mild/Moderate
  • The opportunity to work in a classroom and learn from a highly-effective, trained Mentor Teacher four days/week for an entire school year
  • A competitive stipend and full benefits during the residency year
  • Priority hiring for a paid, full-time teaching position at an Aspire school in California or Memphis, TN for Residents who successfully complete the first year program

ATR Locations
Aspire is a national organization with schools in California and Tennessee. Residency opportunities are available in both states.

  • ATR California – train in California for one year, then teach with Aspire in California for 3 years (or more!). Residency placements are available in East Palo Alto, Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto.
  • ATR Memphis – Aspire is opening elementary schools in Memphis, TN, and the Aspire Teacher Residency is accepting applications for those who are interested in spending one year training in our California schools and then pursuing a K-8 teaching position in Memphis. With first year residency placements available in East Palo Alto, Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto, those who join the Residency program will spend their Residency year (year 1) at an Aspire school in California and then move to Memphis to teach and help open a new Aspire school in year 2. Residents are asked to commit to teaching with Aspire in Memphis for at least three years.

Learn more at www.aspirepublicschools.org/join/atr/.

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