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Messsage from the Philadelphia Teacher Residency

The mission of the Ed Fund is to drive exceptional outcomes for all students by developing great teachers and building paths to college and career success: a great teacher in every classroom and a path to college and career for every student. Over the past six years, the Philadelphia Teacher Residency (PTR) has made important contributions to building the number of highly qualified teachers in the city and supporting them so they stay and continue to succeed.  We have also used this time to learn more about the exemplary practices that ensure that new teachers enter the classroom fully ready to engage in teaching and learning in high needs schools in Philadelphia.

The Ed Fund is using the lessons learned from our work with PTR and the important relationships built among the educators, schools and universities to take the next steps – to scale best practices in pre-service teacher preparation to a broader partnership of providers.  As a result, PTR, as a program will pause for the year.

Effective June 30, 2015, PTR direct support in the field will be discontinued.  This direct support includes recruitment and selection of residents and mentors, supervision of field placements and on-site induction support.  

Our proposed model for next year does include opportunities for our current participant networks to continue to engage with one another and to broaden the network to include other educators involved in teaching and learning in the Philadelphia area.

We are excited about this next step in our teacher preparation practice, and are also working toward ramping back up the PTR model along side it.

If you would like to discuss further, please do not hesitate to contact our Vice President of Teaching, Learning and Innovation, Ami Patel Hopkins at  

PTR teacher Meets Global Pop Star Katy Perry

Philadelphia Teacher Residency teacher Caitlin Matyas (left) met global pop star Katy Perry, center, backstage at the Wells Fargo Center during her Prismatic World Tour performance on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 in Philadelphia. Staples teamed up with superstar Katy Perry to "Make Roar Happen" and celebrate and support teachers during the back-to-school season by donating $1 million to, a charity that has helped fund more than 450,000 classroom projects for teachers and impacted more than 11 million students.Caitlin received finical support for her classroom through DonorsChoose.   (Photo by Mark Stehle/Invision for Staples/AP Images) 

Philadelphia Education Fund's Philadelphia Teacher Residency a Partner in the 100Kin10 movement

In a growing movement to provide a strong STEM education to the nation's children, the Philadelphia Education Fund is playing its part. The Ed Fund was invited in 2012 to become a partner in 100Kin10, a collaborative approach that responds to the national imperative to prepare, deploy, and support 100,000 excellent STEM teachers over the coming 10 years. The Ed Fund meet this goal through the work of the Philadelphia Teacher Residency.

The purpose of the 100Kin10 movement is to reverse our country’s decades-long decline in STEM subjects, to ensure that all children have the basic STEM literacy to be full participants in our economy and democracy, and to enable our country’s students to address the most pressing national and global challenges.

Only two (2%) of the 100Kin10 partners are from Pennsylvania, and the Ed Fund is honored to be one of them. As this movement for social change takes off, the Ed Fund looks forward to continuing to do its part to support and strenghten STEM education in Philadelphia.

See the 100Kin10 partner organizations                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

100Kin10 is a multi-sector mobilization that responds to the national imperative to prepare, deploy, and support 100,000 excellent STEM teachers over the coming 10 years. Partners, including but not limited to corporations, school districts, museums, institutes of higher education, foundations, federal agencies, professional associations, states, and nonprofit organizations, apply their particular assets to creatively and strategically address the challenges of increasing the supply of excellent STEM teachers, developing and retaining excellent STEM teachers, and building the 100Kin10 movement.


Truly a first for PTR!

Congratulations to Kristen Mintzer and Julia McKenzie, two PTR Residents who have been named teachers of the week for Roxborough High School!  

They have working with classroom mentor Erika McFadden and have gone above and beyond expectations by carrying on the classroom instruction while Erika has been away on maternity leave.  

Said principal Dana Jenkins:

"Thank you for the commitment and dedication you have given to our school and our students during Ms. McFadden's absence."  

Thanks also to PTR Field Supervisor, Sarah Poncz for working with the Residents, Erika and the substitute teacher in the room to make this a positive learning experience for all!

Critical Friends Evening: Celebrate 2013 Phila. Teacher Residency Cohort of Residents

Come out to welcome the 2013 PTR Cohort of Residents into the Philadelphia Education Community! This will be an evening of networking with Philadelphia area educators and celebrating the work of our Residents.

Please RSVP by April 3rd.

For questions contact:

Philadelphia Ed Fund and its successful Philadelphia Teacher Residency: "extraordinary organization(s) doing good in the city"

Campus Philly online mag profiles the Philadelphia Education Fund
and its successful Philadelphia Teacher Residency, saying the Ed Fund is "an extraordinary organization that is doing good in the city."

PTR Back-to-School Kickoff

Philadelphia Teacher Residency (PTR) Back-to-School Kickoff was held on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013, at Mad Mex in University City. The purpose of the event was to provide members of the PTR Network with an opportunity to reconnect and to affirm their commitment to teaching in high needs Philadelphia Public Schools. The event was a rousing success with over 50 people attending including program participants, called Residents, program graduates who are novice teachers, classroom mentors, University Supervisors, our university partners and members of the Philadelphia Education Fund staff. Thanks to the generosity of our community partner, GlaxoSmithKline, all PTR Teachers and Residents received a gift bag filled with supplies that they can use to get the school year off to a good start.

Gathering for Teacher Residents, Mentors, Community Leaders

On February 7, 2013, approximately thirty educators gathered for the Philadelphia Teacher Residency Critical Friends evening in Conversation Hall at City Hall in Philadelphia. Included in the group were all six pre-service Residents and their mentors teachers as well as Resident teachers from previous program years. They were joined by teacher education leaders from University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, talent recruitment representative from schools seeking to hire teachers in the fall, and leaders of teacher networks around Philadelphia.

The purpose of the evening was to provide opportunities for the Residents to engage others in conversations about their inquiry portfolio, to talk with PTR alumni and teachers about their schools and teaching experiences and to network with potential employers. The Philadelphia Teacher Residency recognizes the importance of providing opportunities such as Critical Friends Evening for our Residents and teachers as a component of our ongoing support of them as Philadelphia public school teachers.

MLK Day of Service

On January 21, 2013, Martin Luther King Day of Service, 6 PTR residents, 10 PTR teachers and 13 community members revitalized the chemistry and physics labs at Simon Gratz Mastery Charter School. Caitlin Matayas and Antonio Vance, PTR teachers at Gratz High School, organized the day’s work at the school. Volunteers cleaned and organized the equipment in both labs, developed equipment inventory, and supplied art projects to help create a positive learning environment for students. The Philadelphia Teacher Residency program is looking forward to continuing its legacy of developing and supporting STEM teachers who are committed to serving in Philadelphia’s high needs schools.


PTR invites you to join them for the MLK Day of Service

Join the Philadelphia Teacher Residency for a day of service at Master Charter School: Simon Gratz Campus!


You are invited!


Science Wing Revitalization Project for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service


Mastery Charter School: Simon Gratz Campus

1798 W. Hunting Park Ave

Philadelphia, PA 19140


Monday, January 21, 10:00 am- 1:00 pm


• Create a positive learning environment for students.

• Serve alongside young Philly teachers.

• Learn more about Philadelphia Teacher Residency


To RSVP or learn more, contact Jamie Wilcoxson at