Philadelphia Teacher Residency (PTR) is a teacher preparation program for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals and recent graduates who want to teach math and science in Philadelphia’s high need schools (grades 7-12). PTR is a partnership between the Philadelphia Education Fund, the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) and the Drexel University School of Education & The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
For a full school year, Program participants (Residents) are well prepared to take on the rigors of teaching in high needs schools in the Philadelphia area. Residents teach with a classroom mentor for a full year before becoming teachers of record.
PTR has a record of 100% placement of Residents who complete the program.
Teacher on-going support:
For the graduated Resident’s first three years as a full-time teacher of record, PTR provides on-site coaching support, professional development activities and networking opportunities.
PTR is singularly focused on the thorough preparation of math and science teachers for high need public schools in the Philadelphia area. The first year of solo teaching can be intimidating for any teacher but PTR Residents are “ready” day one to tackle those challenges.