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Aspiring Teachers Learn Alongside Dedicated Mentors

The Seattle Teacher Residency is one of about 50 teacher-preparation programs springing up in the last several years that are modeled after medical education. Just as future doctors, called “residents,” care for patients under the supervision of a practicing physician, graduate students such as Poon work side by side with a seasoned teacher. They help plan and deliver lessons and pick up classroom management tricks best learned by seeing and doing.

In traditional teacher-education programs, student teachers typically get hands-on experience only later in their studies, after they have completed college coursework.