Solid feedback and support during a new teacher’s first year in the classroom is essential. That’s why the American Board created the Teacher Residency Program. This program will pair you with an experienced educator in your school during your first year of teaching for one-on-one peer support and review. The goal is to improve the new teacher’s effectiveness in the classroom and help them adjust to the culture and expectations of their school.
After certifying with the American Board and obtaining a teaching position, the new teacher will need to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then work with your school’s principal to arrange a mentor for you. You may request a mentor of your choice with the approval of a school administrator. Over your first year of teaching you will complete at least 4 classroom observations, each followed by discussion and feedback.
Mentors will help new teachers improve their teaching practice and professional performance based on the following indicators of successful teaching:
*Positive learning environment
*Professionalism and adherence to school policy
*Expectations outside of the classroom
After all of the program’s criteria is met, you will receive a certificate of completion from ABCTE. This certificate is necessary to upgrade your teaching license.
Your program includes:
*Four (4) online training modules for mentors and new teachers
*At least four (4) observations, each followed by discussion and feedback
*Continuous support from an experienced teacher
*Access to a video library of teaching practices and scenarios
*Guidelines for selecting a mentor
*Professional development plans that target areas for improvement and growth as the teacher progresses through the program
The program is a requirement to earn your ABCTE certification in Arizona and Oklahoma.
*Please note: The structure and fees of the Teacher Residency Program differ in Arizona. Visit the Arizona page for further details.
Call 1-877-669-2228 to add the American Board Residency Program to your American Board certification.
Or send us an email at CS@AmericanBoard.Org.