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August  2021

US PREP Works with Public Impact to Establish Sustainably Paid Residencies Across Texas
Bringing a fresh approach to teacher training, five more Texas school districts will be providing yearlong, paid teacher residencies on teaching teams led by excellent teachers in the 2021–22 school year, by implementing Opportunity Culture roles in partnership with local universities and US PREP National Center.

The national Opportunity Culture initiative, led by Public Impact, is now in more than 45 districts and charter school organizations in 10 states. Opportunity Culture teaching roles extend the reach of excellent teachers and their teams to more students, for more pay, within recurring budgets. Two of those districts, Ector County ISD and Midland ISD in west Texas, began Opportunity Culture implementation in 16 schools in fall 2020, placing 15 residents from the University of Texas Permian Basin on Opportunity Culture teams. Ector County and Midland will expand this work to 18 more schools in 2021–22.

As more Texas districts join this initiative, Public Impact projects that 450 slots will be created for teacher residents over the next two years. These districts are preparing to implement their Opportunity Culture plans in 2021–22:
Additionally, Spring Branch ISD, which has been an Opportunity Culture district since 2017, will place paid, yearlong residents in Opportunity Culture schools in 2021–22, working with University of Houston.

Residents play critical roles on Opportunity Culture teams led by multi-classroom leaders—excellent teachers who continue to teach part of the time while leading small instructional teams with intensive coaching and support, for more pay. Paid residencies provide a way to enter the teaching workforce for candidates who need to earn income while obtaining degrees and certification. Residents in Ector County and Midland ISDs earn a full-time salary of $24,000 plus full benefits. 
For more details on Public Impact, contact
Sharon Kebschull Barrett
[email protected]


For more details about US PREP, contact
Sarah Beal
[email protected]
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