Match Teacher Residency and Sposato Graduate School of Education®
The mission of Match Teacher Residency (MTR) and the Sposato Graduate School of Education is to create unusually effective rookie teachers.
As of 2012-13, the 2-year program works as follows:
In the first year, residents are trained in Boston. During the year, they participate in our Match Corps tutoring program Monday through Thursday and receive MTR training on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information on the Match Corps component of the program, click here. The intense Friday/Saturday MTR training sessions are a mix of graduate school classes, simulations, and ultimately student teaching. In the spring, we help our residents find teaching positions in the nation's top urban charter and turnaround schools. School leaders covet Match Teacher Residents; many folks get multiple job offers. This first year culminates in residents receiving a Massachusetts teaching license. At this point, 80% of the MTR experience – and the work towards earning a Master’s Degree in Effective Teaching – is complete.
During the second year, residents have left Match Teacher Residency. They have full-time teaching jobs elsewhere. However, they continue to participate in MTR in two ways: First, we provide ongoing support and coaching to residents who take teaching jobs in the Boston area. Second, residents take a yearlong distance-learning course that is closely connected to their work as full-time teachers. Ultimately MTR evaluates each resident’s performance as a first year teacher to determine if they earn the Master’s in Effective Teaching.
Match Teacher Residency receives national recognition. Click here for more information.
MTR has a “sister” institution. It’s called the Sposato Graduate School of Education® (SGSE). This is a new independent institution, one closely linked to MTR. It was approved by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education in March of 2012. All MTRs are enrolled in SGSE. All SGSE students are part of MTR. The simplified version is: MTR is essentially the hands-on experience (tutoring, student teaching, being coached, practicing) and the Graduate School offers the classes and academic assessments. Unlike traditional Master’s Degree programs—where degrees are conferred primarily for completing readings, written assignments, and student teaching —degree recipients from SGSE must also demonstrate that they are effective full-time teachers who are capable of driving student achievement.
Watch the below video for an overview of what MTR is all about!