Professional Development

Resident Teacher Program

The Next Generation of Influential Educators

UCDS has been welcoming an annual cohort of Resident Teachers for 25 years!

The UCDS Resident Teacher Program offers a full-time, 10-month, immersive classroom teaching experience. Creating a Resident Cohort with diverse perspectives and backgrounds strengthens the quality of each Resident’s experience and our school’s culture.

Dedicated to Teacher Development

The Resident Teacher Program is a dynamic opportunity for emerging educators to engage in all aspects of teaching for one full school year with the guidance and support of mentor teachers. This program provides a multi-layered support network, designed to foster professional growth. Resident Teachers meet regularly to reflect, share ideas, ask questions, provide feedback, and gather support from their cohort and mentors. In addition to gaining teaching experience and receiving ongoing mentoring, Resident Teachers engage in all school-wide activities and attend a variety of workshops and professional development opportunities.

Committed to Collaborative Teaching

Collaboration is a hallmark of UCDS. From the start of the school year, Resident Teachers are included in all planning, preparation, discussion, and curricular decisions with their mentor teachers and teaching teams. The cohort of Residents work with mentor teachers, serve on faculty committees, and participate in school-wide activities and events. The school’s focus on teamwork demands collegial, highly professional working relationships, and an ability to consider a wide array of perspectives. 

Focused on Innovation

Teaching at UCDS is individualized and responsive to each student. The curriculum incorporates a central concept and reflects the strengths, challenges, interests, and questions of the students. The dynamic environment of the school inspires the continuous learning of both students and teachers.

Classrooms are multi-age; teachers set individualized goals for each student and create meaningful academic challenges and a cohesive classroom community. Resident Teachers are an integral part of this process. They add new ideas and educational theories to discussions and ask questions that enrich not only their own experience but the experience of the entire school.

Resident Teacher Program Year Overview

Resident Teachers join the faculty in mid-August and work the full school year, starting with a week-long in-service and orientation. Resident Teachers are included in all planning, preparation, discussion and curricular decisions with their teaching teams. 

During the program, Resident Teachers will experience:

  • An innovative culture of learning and teaching
  • Classroom co-teaching alongside mentor teachers
  • Planning, preparing, discussing, and designing curriculum, in partnership with their grade-level team
  • Regular meetings and professional development workshops with Resident Teacher Cohort
  • Support for post-Residency plans

Apply to the Program

The UCDS Resident Teacher Program is ideal for college graduates who value education, love children and thrive when learning by doing. To be considered for the Resident Teacher Program, applications MUST include a cover letter in addition to a current CV/Resume. Send applications to residentprogram@ucds.orgApplications without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

Our Resident Teaching Program offers rolling admissions beginning in mid-January and typically concludes in April. Please apply as early as possible.

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