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.