What It Takes
- A call to teach for change.
- A passion for transforming lives and achieving social justice through education.
- A commitment to meeting the unique challenges of teaching in an urban classroom.
- A desire to make the difference for urban students.
- A longing to serve wherever the need is greatest.
- The courage to stand in front of a classroom even though you may have never taught a day in your life.
- The perseverance to keep going despite challenges and setbacks.
- The ability to thrive while multitasking.
- The willingness to seek and integrate feedback — to be coached by others.
- The willingness to teach reluctant learners and those who are performing below grade level
- The willingness to commit to working long hours during the residency year.
- The ability to find creative outlets for stress—both during the residency year and while teaching.
- The flexibility to balance uncertainty and change as the new norm.
- The ability to commit four-years to the students of Richmond Public Schools (RPS). RTR is a four-year service program including the one-year residency with an additional three-years teaching in RPS.
(Please note that successfully completing the residency is not a guarantee of employment with Richmond Public Schools, as RPS is solely responsible for selecting, hiring, and placing its teachers — including RTR graduates. However, if a resident successfully completes the residency year and is not offered a position with Richmond Public Schools, then RTR will work closely with the resident to find a comparable urban teaching placement so that the resident may fulfill the conditions of his or her service agreement.)
The fit – Is this for me?
Discerning whether or not Richmond Teacher Residency is the right program for you is an important step in the application process. A passion to teach does not necessarily mean you have a particular calling to teach urban students or a specific calling to teach urban students in Richmond Public Schools (RPS). This is a fascinating but critical distinction. Where do you most belong? A 21st century philosopher commented that “the place you are called … is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet (Frederick Buechner).”
Reflection: Is this for me?
______ Do I have a passion to teach?
______ Do I have a passion to teach urban students?
______ Do I have a passion to teach urban students in RPS?
______ Does this work meet my place of deep gladness?
______ Does this work meet the world’s deep hunger?
______ Is this for me?