Colorado has had the highest population growth rate of children living in poverty over the past ten years, and one of the highest population growth rates of English language learners in the country (Oct 2011 CDE Report). While Colorado ranks second in the nation for number of degree holders per capita, it ranks 46th for college-bound high school graduates.
The Boettcher Teacher Residency recruits, prepares, supports and retains high-quality teachers for our partner school districts, with the majority of them teaching in high-needs schools and in hard-to-fill subject areas.
By placing an emphasis on preparation in working with culturally and linguistically diverse students, and providing extensive ongoing support, BTR directly addresses the high teacher turnover rates that cost districts millions and leave students with inexperienced teachers. Hands-on learning in the classroom is paired with targeted master’s level coursework, giving Residents both the practical and theoretical foundation for success throughout their five-year commitment and beyond.
Since graduating its first class in 2004, BTR has prepared a growing network of 180 highly effective teachers who continue to raise the bar for excellence in schools throughout Colorado and beyond. Its network of graduates have helped spearhead a new movement in education reform — developing teachers in the areas of highest need, reversing trends in teacher retention, and receiving positive feedback from administrators across the state. Eighty-eight percent of Boettcher Teachers remain in education since the program’s inception.
The Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC) is the primary operator of the Boettcher Teacher Residency program. PEBC has been cultivating effective educators for pver thirty years throughout Denver, the state of Colorado and nationally. It first gained national attention with the publishing of Mosaic of Thought in 1997 by two staff members. Since that time PEBC has worked extensively sharing its research-based instructional best practices with educators to impact student achievement.