This week the Albuquerque Teacher Residency Partnership (ATRP) was nationally recognized as a distinguished teacher education program. ATRP, a partnership among the University of New Mexico College of Education & Human Sciences, the Albuquerque Public Schools, and the Albuquerque Teachers Federation, received the Billy G. Dixon Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award from the Association of Teacher Educators at its annual meeting in Chicago.

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"ATRP is the teacher residency model for both the state and the nation. The New Mexico Legislature has recently passed legislation supporting statewide teacher residencies, with the model being ATRP," said Hansel Burley, College of Education & Human Sciences (COEHS) dean.

In 2017, UNM, APS and ATF developed and implemented a residency pathway, the Albuquerque Teacher Residency Partnership, to improve the preparation and retention of effective, diverse teachers for high-need schools. Elementary and secondary teacher residents work with and receive intensive mentoring from APS classroom teachers in a co-teaching partnership.

From the first three years of the program, 40 of 44 residents are teachers today with 37 of them still teaching in their original schools. The ethnicity of residents also closely represents those of the diversity of New Mexico. Organizers say their focus is on ensuring individuals enrolled in the program have the learning experiences they need to be creative, inspiring and culturally relevant teachers who know how to help all students learn. Student teachers also receive an attractive living wage during their co-teaching experience.

"For ATRP to be honored by the premier teacher preparation association in the nation, the Association of Teacher Educators, is a testament to our strong partnership with APS and ATF, and to providing the dedicated, caring teachers that all students in APS deserve. We look forward to continuing our work together for years to come,” said Professor Marjori Krebs.

The Association of Teacher Educators awards the Billy G. Dixon Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award to programs that are collaborations among colleges, school districts and other agencies. The programs must be built on theoretically sound, research-based principles, show evidence of engaging in data-driven continuous improvement efforts, and conclusively demonstrating positive impact.