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SOE hosts event on sustainable funding for residencies

Panelists at the Sustainable Funding event

Stephanie Hautz, director of human resources for Newport News Public Schools, explains how that school system, through shared investment, is creatively funding residency pilots and programs. Panel discussion participants, from left: Dr. Lyle Evans, Petersburg City Public Schools; Hautz; Jeremy Weaver, Harrisonburg City Public Schools; Dr. David Sovine, Frederick County Public Schools; and Dr. Randi Smith, Chesterfield County Public Schools.

The VCU School of Education hosted 75 administrators from school divisions, institutes of higher education, business and philanthropic community partners across Virginia to an event on sustainable funding for residencies at the Student Commons on January 23.

The three-hour event, Addressing Virginia’s High-Needs Schools’ Teacher Shortage through Sustainably Funded Teacher Residency Programs, explored how the teacher shortage in high-needs schools is being addressed through sustainable, shared investment in teacher residency programs.

Terry Dozier, Ed.D.

Terry Dozier, Ed.D.

Dr. Karen DeMoss, director of the Sustainable Funding Project at Bank Street College in New York City, began by sharing research and strategies from across the country on how state and local leadership have partnered to invest in and launch residency programs.

Terry Dozier, Ed.D., director of the School of Education’s Richmond Teacher Residency (RTR) program, then facilitated a panel discussion featuring representatives from five Virginia public schools on how they are creatively funding residency pilots and programs through shared investment.

Tamara Sober, Ph.D., teacher leader coordinator & RTR secondary track curriculum coordinator, Center for Teacher Leadership, Department of Teaching and Learning, and DeMoss wrapped up the event by presenting a work session on how school divisions across Virginia are creating teacher pipelines through innovative, shared funding models.

View a photo gallery from the event.