RTR Quick Facts

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RTR Quick Facts

We start with residents who have a heart for social justice and a passion for equity education and equip them with the tools to teach for change in high-needs, hard to staff, schools. RTR has expanded from serving Richmond City Public Schools in 2011 to Chesterfield County Public Schools in 2017 to Petersburg City Public Schools in 2018 to Henrico County Public Schools in 2019.

We are recruiting for our 9th cohort for Richmond City Public Schools, our 3rd cohort for Chesterfield County Public Schools, our 2nd cohort for Petersburg City Public Schools and our first cohort for Henrico County Public Schools.

We have three tracks: Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Special Education.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Tracks provide:

  • a 13 month multifaceted curriculum grounded in urban education
  • a one-year residency with a master teacher called a Clinical Resident Coach (CRC) to cultivate proficiency/skill level, comfort and excellence as an elementary or secondary school classroom teacher
  • a fast track for priority hiring as a teacher of record after the residency year where we have a 100% placement rate
  • a Master of Teaching (M.T.) degree earned through the nationally ranked Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Education

The SE Track (Special Education) is:

  • a 13 month multifaceted curriculum grounded in urban education and taught across disciplines rather than anchored in a 3-credit-hour traditional course structure
  • a one-year residency with a master teacher known as a Clinical Resident Coach (CRC) to cultivate proficiency/skill level, comfort and excellence as a special education teacher
  • a fast track for priority hiring as a teacher of record after the first year of residency where we have a 100% placement rate
  • a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree earned through the nationally ranked Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Education

Required qualifications for the Elementary Track: 

  • an undergraduate degree with a 3.0 GPA (or higher) in the last 60 hours of college work
  • 12 credits of English (composition, oral, and literature)
  • 12 credits of math, 12 credits of in science (2 disciplines + 1 lab course)
  • 9 credits in history (American and world history)
  • 6 credits in social science (geography and economics)
  • 6 credits in arts and humanities
  • passing scores on the GRE or MAT, VCLA, Praxis Core/math only (or qualifying SAT or ACT scores) and the Praxis Subject Tests for Elementary Education:  Math, Reading and Language, Science and Social Studies.

Required qualifications for the Secondary Track:

  • an undergraduate degree with a major in one of the following subject areas – Biology, Chemistry, English, Environmental Science, Geology, History,International Relations, Math, Physics, or Political Science
  • a 3.0 GPA (or higher) in the last 60 hours of college work
  • passing scores on the GRE or MAT; Praxis Subject Test (in your content area, formerly known as Praxis II Content Knowledge) VCLA, and Praxis Core/math (or qualifying SAT or ACT scores)

Required qualifications for the Special Education (SE) Track: 

  • any major
  • an undergraduate degree
  • a 3.0 GPA (or higher) in the last 60 hours of college work
  • passing scores on the GRE or MAT; VCLA, and Praxis Core/math (or qualifying SAT or ACT scores)

Four-Year Service Commitment: A commitment to completing all requirements of the one-year residency and to teaching for a minimum of three years in one of our designated high needs, hard to staff, school districts wherever you are most needed. Each resident candidate must sign a Service Agreement upon acceptance into the program.


Residency benefits
:  During the residency year, cohort members benefit from:

  • a supportive learning environment
  • a year-long, in-classroom placement, co-teaching with a Clinical Resident Coach (mentor teacher)
  • an education focused on understanding the unique challenges of urban teaching and developing cultural competencies
  • $18K stipend your residency year
  • $500 testing reimbursement


Residents who successfully complete the one-year residency
:

  • earn priority hiring with our partner school districts where we have a 100% placement rate
  • earn a graduate degree from the VCU School of Education
  • earn a Virginia teaching license
  • continue to be coached as teachers of record
  • become part of a grass roots movement to teach for change
  • become part of our alumni network and community