Governor Hochul Announces $30 Million Empire State Teacher Residency Program to Increase Teacher Support and Retention

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the launch of the Empire State Teacher Residency Program through the New York State Department of Labor. This program will provide matching funding to local public school districts and/or cooperative educational service boards to create two-year residency opportunities for K-12 teacher candidates. The program will provide $30 million in funding to subsidize master’s or teaching certification programs for qualified applicants to the residency program. The program will prioritize diversity among applicants and partner mentors, with particular emphasis on high-need areas and geographic locations facing shortages. This will support both communities in need and teachers from diverse backgrounds.

“With the enormous responsibility of inspiring and shaping the minds of younger generations, teachers in New York deserve to be set up to succeed,” Governor Hochul said. “This investment will ensure new teachers have the mentorship and support they need to adapt to a challenging and ever-changing field. New Yorkers deserve the best education, and our teachers are essential to making that happen.”

Teacher residency programs, in which teachers-in-training receive a mentor and real teaching experience under the supervision of the mentor, have been proven to significantly increase teacher retention rates and improve educators’ experience in the workplace. during the most difficult early years of teaching. These programs expand access to communities in need that often face barriers by reducing costs and incentivizing teachers to work in geographic areas facing shortages. This leads to better student achievement due to greater retention of teachers and resources.

Funded programs would involve the State University of New York (SUNY), City University of New York (CUNY), and/or private colleges in partnership with public school districts and/or BOCES to offer fees reduced or free tuition to teacher candidates, including books and fees, resident salaries and benefits, and stipends for living expenses. These stipends provide easier access to the field for prospective teachers and enable the Empire State Teacher Residency Program to be a creative pathway into teaching for teachers from diverse backgrounds.

New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon said: “Teachers are essential to our communities, and we need them now more than ever. We need to support and empower new teachers in their careers, especially as we all adjust to a new era of education. I thank Governor Hochul for continuing to make strategic investments. to help attract and retain these essential professionals. »

Acting SUNY Chancellor Deborah F. Stanley said: “SUNY has long played a key role in preparing teachers to educate the next generation of leaders in classrooms across the state. We need highly qualified, passionate and dedicated teachers now more than ever, as the pandemic has impacted students both academically and emotionally. the teaching profession has evolved, our colleges and universities have expanded programs and increased support to ensure graduate success. Last year alone, approximately 7,500 SUNY students received teacher certificates. Others are needed, and from all walks of life, because we know that students who have teachers who are like them and share their life experience do better. We commend Governor Hochul for her commitment to education and are proud of SUNY’s contribution to the new residency program.

CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez said: “CUNY prepares one-third of new teachers in New York’s public schools each year, more than any other university, and this new program will help these future teachers get the support they need to become the teachers our city’s students deserve. Teaching is one of the most challenging and crucial jobs in any society and I am grateful to Governor Hochul for her continued commitment to helping our educators at all levels.”

United Teachers of New York State President Andy Pallotta said: “Giving future teachers an in-depth opportunity to learn on the job from high-quality teacher mentors and to develop connections with students is essential to setting up future educators for success. As we strive to attract more people to our profession, this program shows that New York is dedicated to reversing staffing shortages, helping to diversify the education workforce and giving staff the tools they will need to teach and mentor their own students. We thank Governor Hochul for her commitment to public education and the people who are dedicated to helping our students succeed.”

Chair of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, Lola Brabham, said: “On behalf of CICU member colleges and universities, I thank Governor Hochul for her tireless work in strengthening pathways for new teachers. This investment will diversify and grow our teaching workforce to become educators. We are thrilled to be part of this solution and our campuses look forward to partnering with the state to make this program a success.

This Empire State Teacher Residency Program builds on Governor Hochul’s bold and diverse educational initiatives announced during his State of the State 2022 to address teacher shortages and make school more accessible to all New Yorkers. It delivered on those promises when announcing its 2023 budget, where it invested an unprecedented $31.5 billion in education, the highest level of state aid on record. The budget not only created this state teacher residency program, but also includes initiatives to improve the skills of some of the current 100,000 paraprofessionals and teaching assistants in schools across New York State.

This investment also included $1.1 billion for a high-quality pre-kindergarten, which would allow approximately 17,500 additional students to access full-day pre-kindergarten statewide and a total of $100 million in funding. matching over two years to be provided to school districts and BOCES. with the highest needs to address student well-being and learning loss in response to the trauma caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To find more information about the program or see if your public school district or BOCES is eligible to apply, visit https://dol.ny.gov/funding-opportunities-0.

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