Prizmah Podcasts Live: An Innovative Model for Teacher Training: The School as a Teaching Hospital

Knowledge Topics
Professional Leadership, Teaching and Learning
Educational Innovation

Finding great teachers today seems harder than ever. According to a recent survey, 75% of first year teachers report that they were insufficiently prepared to meet the needs of students. At the same time, recruitment and retention challenges are leading to severe teacher shortages in schools across the country. We believe the solution for recruiting, developing, and retaining strong teachers begins inside the classroom.

Building on the medical residency model, the Shefa Teacher Residency provides aspiring teachers with an alternative pathway that is grounded in deep clinical training and intensive on-site mentoring and support. Learn about the creation and implementation of the Teacher Residency and how it recruits, trains, and retains excellent new teachers. Rebecca Ritter, Head of Teaching and Learning at the Shefa School will share successes, challenges, lessons learned, and considerations for setting up a teacher residency program and other impactful models of professional development and cultivation at your school.

Rebecca Ritter

Rebecca Ritter

Rebecca is a founder and Head of Teaching and Learning at the Shefa School, a Jewish day school for students with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities in New York City. Prior to her work at Shefa, she was a public school teacher, mentor, and leader. Rebecca holds a B.A. from Harvard College and a Masters Degree in School Leadership from Bank Street College, as well as NYS certification as a School Building Leader (SBL).