December 2, 2020

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NCTR and GlassFrog Release Research Brief on The Impact of Resident-Mentor Pairs on Teacher Effectiveness

The National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR) and Glass Frog Solutions (Glass Frog) are co-releasing a research brief entitled, Impact of Resident-Mentor Pairs on Teacher Effectiveness today. The brief highlights research conducted by Glass Frog that examines the value-add of hosting a resident on the effectiveness of the host teacher’s performance. The study uses data from three residency programs and their respective school district partners. Among host teachers using the mentor model advocated by NCTR, hosting a resident in the classroom is positively associated with a higher teacher effectiveness score (TES) for the host teacher. 

Researchers from Glass Frog selected three residency programs based on their residency program model’s scale and design. Two of the residencies are NCTR partner programs and employ a mentor residency model. For these two NCTR partner programs, the study found evidence that hosting a resident in the classroom is positively associated with higher TESes. Since students’ academic performance in a teacher’s classroom is one of the significant factors contributing to calculating a teacher’s effectiveness score, a higher TES suggests that hosting a resident in a classroom may be positively associated with improved student outcomes. 

Researchers further examined whether more experienced and more effective teachers were better equipped to support residents, finding positive evidence for one NCTR partner program. Specifically, in this one NCTR partner program, host teachers with higher baseline TESes demonstrated more significant gains in the year they hosted a resident than host teachers with lower baseline TESes. The researchers did not find this effect on teachers from the other two programs. Thus, there is evidence that suggests hosting a resident in NCTR residency programs improves teacher effectiveness. There is emerging evidence that recruiting more effective mentors increases teacher effectiveness throughout the residency year.


Teacher Spotlight

Teacher Spotlight honors the exceptional work of residents and mentors from our partner programs. Each week we will spotlight a resident or mentor nominated from a residency program within the NCTR Network. We are excited about using this platform to celebrate the great teaching happening around the country to serve students, families, and communities.

Andrea Nickey Hardon (Mentor)
CREATE Teacher Residency Program

Ms. Hardon has demonstrated a consistent, deep commitment to residents. She has served in multiple roles -- Cooperating Teacher, School-Based Mentor, facilitator of cohort sessions, and co-lead of our Summer Academy. The residents she works with are loyal to her and to the profession of teaching. She has mentored ten residents, sometimes welcoming two at once into her classroom. Most importantly, she models deep compassion for residents and demonstrates culturally responsive teaching dispositions through science lessons, hallway interactions, and the leadership of many additional afterschool initiatives.
Resources and Connections

Project Inspire

Project Inspire is seeking an experienced teacher-leader to join their team as a residency coach. You can find more information about the position

Alder Graduate School of Education

Alder Graduate School of Education is looking for an Enrollment Specialist to join their team. You can find more information about the position


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