Relay Residency

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In partnership with the Relay Graduate School of Education, the KIPP Texas Public Schools Relay Residency provides a unique opportunity for aspiring teachers to learn alongside mentor teachers, while earning a master’s degree in teaching and a Texas teaching certificate. This prestigious, paid, two-year residency immerses Residents in intensive training through coursework and deliberate practice with a gradual on-ramp into teaching. Paired with master teachers during their first year, Residents gradually take on more instructional responsibilities before stepping into the classroom full time their second year in the program.

KIPP Texas Public Schools Relay Residency Overview

  • The residency is for those who are excited to earn a master’s degree while honing their teaching skills and craft.
  • Residents are placed in elementary (grades PK-4) and secondary math, science, social studies and English language arts (grades 5-12) classrooms, in either Dallas, Houston, or San Antonio.
  • Relay Graduate School of Education classes meet several times a month and include an online component.
  • All applicants should hold a four-year degree by June 2020 with a minimum 2.75 GPA.
  • The residency is designed as a pathway to a lead teaching position at KIPP Texas Public Schools.
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Requirements

We are looking for people with a passion for education and a call to serve students from underserved communities. Candidates must meet the following requirements in order to apply:

  • Hold a four-year degree from an accredited university with a minimum 2.75 GPA by June 2020
  • Meet the following credit hour requirements (certification-seeking candidates only):
    • Elementary and middle school candidates: A total of 12 university credit hours from any of the following areas: math, English, science and/or social studies
    • High school math candidates: At least 15 university credit hours in math (i.e. calculus, algebra, statistics, etc. finance and engineering classes do not apply)
    • High school English candidates: At least 12 university credit hours in English or writing classes
    • High school science candidates: At least 15 university credit hours in core science classes
    • High school social studies candidates: At least 12 university credit hours in core social studies classes (history, government, economics, etc.)
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Application Process & Deadlines

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  • Application Deadline Interview Day Decision Day
  • Application Deadline: October 23, 2020 Interview Day: November 9, 2020 Decision Day: November 10, 2020
  • Application Deadline: November 30, 2020 Interview Day: December 14, 2020 Decision Day: December 15, 2020
  • Application Deadline: January 11, 2021 Interview Day: January 25, 2021 Decision Day: January 26, 2021
  • Application Deadline: February 15, 2021 Interview Day: March 1, 2021 Decision Day: March 2, 2021
  • Application Deadline: March 29, 2021 Interview Day: April 12, 2021 Decision Day: April 13, 2021
  • Application Deadline: May 10, 2021 Interview Day: May 24, 2021 Decision Day: May 25, 2021
  • Application Deadline: May 27, 2021 Interview Day: June 10, 2021 Decision Day: June 11, 2021

Residency Benefits

There are many benefits to our Residents who participate in the Relay Residency, including:

  • A Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from the Relay Graduate School of Education
  • Texas teaching certificate (certification in Texas typically costs upwards of $4,000, but is wrapped into the cost of the program with the Residency)
  • A full-time, paid job both years with an opportunity to learn how to teach within KIPP
  • Extensive training to enter the classroom more prepared to be a highly effective teacher
  • Lead teaching job in the second year of the program
  • Enrollment in KIPP Texas benefits, including full medical, dental, and vision plans, in addition to many other perks including access to childcare

Residents of this program will receive more than $100,000 in salary and tuition assistance over the two years:

  • Residents of this program will receive more than $100,000 in salary and tuition assistance over the two years: $28,500
  • Year 1 Salary $30,000
  • Year 2 Salary $53,000 – $56,000
  • Resident's Contribution to Master's Degree (Paid in 2nd Year) -$9,000
  • Total Program Value $103,500 – $106,500

*Residents will pay $9,000 and all out-of-pocket costs come in the second year. Financial aid packages vary by individual, but through scholarships and financial aid provided by Relay, KIPP, and other sources, all other program costs will be covered. Residents are also eligible for loan deferment.

Relay Graduate School of Education

All KIPP Relay Residents enroll in the Relay Graduate School of Education to earn a Master of Arts in Teaching. Relay’s groundbreaking teacher preparation program offers a unique and powerful pathway for aspiring teachers to begin a long-term career in the classroom.

During the two-year program, Residents experience a structured and gradual on-ramp into the profession, complete a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree, and, have the opportunity to earn a Texas teaching certificate. Required Relay graduate coursework includes:

  • A two week-long summer term before the first year and between the first and second year of the program.
  • Two weeknight session each month, for core instruction
  • One Saturday session each month OR two weeknights each month, for instruction specific to grade level/subject
  • Approximately 8-10 hours of online coursework monthly
  • Frequent observation of the Resident in the classroom by Relay’s dean and other faculty

To learn more about the Relay Master of Arts in Teaching curriculum, click here.

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Additional Support in Year 1

Relay builds upon the M.A.T. experience by providing Residents access to a high-level curriculum in addition to four elements proven to support aspiring educators.

Deliberate Practice

Practice is the most promising pathway to excellent teaching. Deliberate practice — that is, practice with a focus on the concrete and specific teaching skills that maximize impact in the classroom — is a cornerstone of the Residency experience. Each week Residents are released from their teaching responsibilities for three-hour Deliberate Practice sessions to develop and refine their teaching skills.

Gradual On-Ramp to Teaching

The Residency provides Residents with a carefully structured, gradual on-ramp to teaching as their skills and effectiveness increase during the first year. As they develop their skills and the school year progresses, Residents teach more often and take on more responsibilities in the classroom.

Gateways

Because Relay’s programs focus on performance, there are multiple performance assessments and several advancement “gateways” during the first year, which help Relay faculty determine if the Resident is making adequate progress toward becoming a full-time teacher.

Support from Resident Advisors

Each Resident is paired with an Advisor on campus who mentors and supports them during the first year of the program. The Resident Advisor provides a window into teaching and the curriculum and culture of the partner school while assisting Residents’ development by modeling, co-teaching, and planning together.

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