Item Coversheet

Action Item - 16.

Title: Contract Extension for Teacher Residency Program Providers: Drexel University, Relay Graduate School of Education, Temple University and University of Pennsylvania

Board of Education Meeting Date:

Action under consideration

 The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to execute and perform an amendment of a contract, subject to funding, as follows:


Drexel University

Relay Graduate School of Education 

Temple University 

Trustees of University of Pennsylvania



For tuition and fees for up to 75 Teacher Residents, and payment to mentor teachers

 Original Start Date:  4/27/2018

 Current End Date:  6/30/2020

 Amended End Date:  6/30/2021

 Currently Authorized Compensation:  $1,062,500

 Additional Compensation: 
All entities will be paid out of an additional aggregate not to exceed amount of $637,500 in FY2021.

 Total New Compensation:  $1,700,000 

All Schools 

 Renewal Options:  No


The District contracts with four partners to recruit, onboard and train a cohort of Teacher Residents who will ultimately become content certified teachers in the District. Teacher Residents are asked to commit to teaching for three years past their residency in hard-to-fill content areas. Residency program partners provide courses required for certification as well as on-site teacher training through a mentor teacher or university-based advisor. The District's Teacher Residency program has provided a pipeline for approximately 125 certified teacher hires to date, starting with approximately 20 Teacher Residents, working with one partner, Relay Graduate School of Education (GSE), in SY2018, and expanding to university partners in SY2019 and SY2020, as approved by the School Reform Commission and the Board of Education.  As part of the effort to continue to build a quality teacher pipeline, the District seeks to extend its agreements with Teacher Residency Programs through SY2021, with an option to extend to SY2022, pending a review of performance and funding. 


The District aims to provide residents with a variety of training options, to maintain four partners whose approaches to the Residency model align to common standards, but whose course structures and cost vary.  Relay GSE has been a strong pipeline for recruiting and certifying diverse Teacher Residents in a range of content areas (ELA, Science, Math). Relay GSE enrolled a higher number of Teacher Residents who identify as people of color than the other Teacher Residency partners. Of the first cohort, 60% of Teacher Residents who were enrolled at Relay GSE were people of color; of the second cohort, 30% of Teacher Residents who were enrolled at Relay GSE were people of color; and of the third cohort, 64% of Teacher Residents identify as a person of color. There are no out-of-pocket costs associated with enrollment at Relay GSE, which is appealing to candidates. Drexel University and Temple University have trained Teacher Residents to teach in high-needs science and math content areas. 100% of Teacher Residents who are currently enrolled at Drexel University and Temple University will earn science or math content certification.  The University of Pennsylvania has focused both on English language arts and STEM certifications as well, with a goal of focusing more heavily on STEM moving forward.


To date, 68 former Teacher Residents are teachers of record across the District. Residents were either retained in the host schools or site selected for science, mathematics and English language arts positions in schools across the city. The current cohort of 57 residents will be engaged in SY2021 Site Selection beginning in April 2020. 

 Anchor Goal(s) Supported: Anchor Goal 1 - 100% of students will graduate ready for college or career, Anchor Goal 3 - 100% of positions are filled by great principals, teachers and employees   

 Related resolution(s)/approval(s): 

May 30, 2019; No. 18

April 26, 2018; A-2

March 16, 2017; A-2

 Funding Source(s): 
Title II 

 Office Originating Request: Talent