High quality, sustainable teacher residencies as your educator workforce solution

Teacher Residencies = Quality Preparation

TSS supports districts and vetted teacher residency programs to develop high-quality, sustainable teacher residencies.

Paid Teacher Residencies = Access

TSS helps school districts reallocate and reinvest local funding to sustainably provide more diverse teacher residents with a livable wage. 

Enduring Talent Pipelines = Student Outcomes

TSS supports Texas school districts to lay the foundation for enduring teacher talent pipelines that promote optimal student learning, achievement, and life outcomes.

TSS Makes Paid Residencies a Reality

Texas Strategic Staffing is a 2-year process in which a district and EPP commit to designing and implementing a paid teacher residency program that is sustainably funded by reallocating district resources to compensate teacher residents who take on additional instructional responsibilities in the district while completing a year-long teacher residency program.  

Paid Teacher Residencies Matter

Our kids deserve it. It’s time to reinvest in our Texas students.

Provide a safe environment to develop tomorrow’s most effective teachers

Teacher effectiveness is the number 1 factor in student achievement. In a residency model, we have the chance to start with quality preparation for tomorrow’s teachers. 

Redefine the first year teacher

In Texas, we currently have well over 130,000 new teachers and they make up over 70% of teachers serving our most at risk kids. New teachers are here to stay, so let’s get them ready for our Texas students.

Attract and Retain Diverse Teacher Candidates

Let’s stop forcing candidates to choose between an intensive preparation program and a second job to meet their basic needs. Let’s make becoming a great teacher their only job. 

Build a strong bench of teachers to meet your needs

Strategic staffing is strategic planning at its finest, providing you the opportunity to work with your program partners to recruit residents for high needs areas. 

Retain your teachers

Research shows residents are up to 70% more likely to be retained over time, committing to the districts that invested in them. While this leads to a great deal of fiscal savings, the biggest benefactors are your students. 



Andrew Peters

Superintendent, Caldwell ISD

“I consider the Residency program as one of my best accomplishments. Before residencies, CISD would get requests for 2 - 3 student teachers a year […] With the residency program […] we are interviewing 8 - 12 potential candidates and having to turn some down. CISD is confident we can retain 70-80% of these young people for years. For a district with a 15% turnover rate, this is a big plus.”

Clifton Tanabe

Dean, UTEP College of Education

“Teacher residencies are emerging as a highly successful model of teacher preparation, developing candidates that are more diverse, more likely to stay in the classroom longer, and have a greater impact on student learning outcomes.”

Strategic Staffing Models

Our needs driven approach supports districts and their EPP partners to make shared decisions about strategic staffing models that address instructional needs.

To scale high quality, sustainable teacher residencies, TSS uses a needs driven approach with a continuum of strategic staffing models. The needs-based staffing model design provides short- and long-term solutions to instructional staffing challenges, maximizing learning for teacher candidates, and addressing student learning acceleration needs. 

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Benefits of Teacher Residencies via Strategic Staffing: Now and Later

Short Term Benefits:

Residents fulfill immediate instructional needs in schools as part of their year-long student teaching experience, to include:

  • Residents as substitutes
  • Residents as para-professionals
  • Residents as tutors and enrichment teachers
  • Residents and mentor teacher teams:
    • Reduce student to teacher ratio
    • Increase access to differentiated instruction
  • All residents impact student learning acceleration needs while co-teaching
  • Reduction of inservice teacher workload through co-teaching and resident support with those additional instructional roles.

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