MSU receives $6.2 million to train future Newark public school teachers

By Jessica Mazzola | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on October 02, 2014

Students and graduates of the NMUTR program at East Side High School in Newark.

 

MONTCLAIR — Montclair State will be getting $6.2 million in federal funding to continue the “Newark-Montclair Urban Teacher Residency Program,” which is aimed at training STEM teachers to work in Newark public schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently announced.

The program, which was started with a $6.3 million federal grant in 2009, allows participants to earn Masters degrees in early childhood education, teaching students with disabilities, and mathematics and science certifications.

Masters students receive tuition, fees, and a living stipend from the grant money, and “preferential advancement” from Newark Public Schools in the hiring process, MSU said in a release about the grant. The participants are required to teach for at least three years in Newark public schools. The new teachers receive “intensive” induction support and mentoring, the school said.

 

“The Urban Teacher Residency builds on our long history of partnerships with Newark Public Schools and community agencies that serve children and families,” College of Education and Human Services Dean Francine Peterman said in the release.

“By learning to teach beside educators with skill and passion, our graduates are well prepared for the realities of today’s classrooms and ensuring their students’ success.”

MSU is one of 24 colleges across the country that will share in $35 million meant to develop and foster programs that recruit and train teachers in high-need districts, Duncan said in the announcement. The grant money will train 11,000 science, technology, engineering, and math teachers over the next five years as part of President Barack Obama’s Teacher Quality Partnership grant competition, Duncan said.

During the first five years of the MSU program, 100 percent of its graduates were hired in Newark, the college said.

“Newark principals and assistant superintendents were clamoring to hire Residents as word quickly spread that these were quality new teachers,” Susan Taylor, the program’s director, said in the release.

She called the graduate teachers “change agents who…design innovative and effective curricula.”

A spokeswoman for Newark public schools could not immediately respond to a request for comment on the program.

Montclair’s program was one of two in New Jersey that received grant money, according to the announcement. Rutgers-Newark received $2,499,544 for its “Excite and Ignite: Building the Next Generation of Teachers” program.

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commented 2014-10-06 20:16:17 -0700
It’s a fantastic program. However, you should be aware that they do not provide “training” but rather “professional preparation for teaching”. Their work is well- theoretically grounded and based on a long-term clinical apprenticeship that prepares them for a long-term career in the field of teaching. To call it “training” promotes a technicist view of teachers that devalues their work and educational investment.