SIGN UP FOR THE OPEN HOUSE! 

February 29, 2024
5:30 PM
Meet the Residency Coordinator and learn more about the program!

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Residency Cohort II

“There is nothing that compares to the past student teachers I've had. Each of the students I had previously didn't get the experience that my yearlong student resident teacher had. I honestly believe that this should be the new student teacher requirement. This will either show students who wish to be educators if they really want to be in this profession because they get to experience everything with support of a teacher-leader.”
~ Teacher-Leader
“[I] really feel like this is better than the standard student teaching because you get to not have to cram all of the information [in 12 weeks] ... [you] get the whole school year. [I] manage behaviors and look out for students, build relationships and learn how to interact with parents. [I] have a helper in the room all of the time.”
~ Resident

 

The Montana Teacher Residency Program prepares teachers to best serve their students. Through undergraduate coursework, learning labs, targeted support, and a yearlong apprenticeship in the classroom, residents connect theory to practice and gain the skills of highly effective practitioners who will be ready on day one to successfully lead their own classrooms. 

Residents begin the program with a two-day orientation, then enter a one-year in-school apprenticeship under a Teacher-Leader. During the year, Residents engage in learning labs sponsored by the Office of Public Instruction while simultaneously completing coursework to earn a bachelor’s degree from their Montana university. In exchange for committing to teach in a rural Montana school district for three years, Residents receive a stipend, partial tuition support, and district-provided housing assistance.

At each Residency site, teams of educators work together to support one another. The project aims to place at least two residents with two teacher-leaders in each school. The project launched in fall 2022 and will begin year three during the 2024-25 school year.

The Montana Teacher Residency Program is the first of its kind in the state. The program was co-developed by representatives from the Montana University System, the Office of Public Instruction, school districts, the Montana School Boards Association, legislators, and residency model experts from Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. The Region 17 Comprehensive Center has facilitated many think-tank sessions since October 2021.


 

If you would like to join the Residency or connect with the Residency Program Coordinator to learn more, please scan the QR code on the right, or click the link below:

Residency Form

Districts interested in hosting one or more Residents for the 24/25 school year, please click the link below and fill out the form.

District Recruitment Form

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Residency Learning Lab Dates

August 10-11, 2023:
Great Falls

Agenda | Materials

October 19-20, 2023:
Havre

Agenda | Materials | Summary

January 8  & 11, 2024:
Virtual

Technology and AI Educational Tools

Materials Coming Soon

March 7-8, 2024:
Virtual

Job fair, Professionalism, Resume building, and Interviewing skills/techniques

Materials Coming Soon


 

2022-2023 Teacher Residency Map

2022-2023 Participating Districts

Browning Public Schools

  • 5 residents

Cayuse Prairie Elementary

  • 1 resident

Frontier Elementary School

  • 1 resident

Lodge Grass Public Schools

  • 3 residents

Poplar Public Schools

  • 1 resident

Pryor Public Schools

  • 1 resident

Sunset School

  • 1 resident

Trout Creek Elementary

  • 1 resident

Victor K-12 Schools

  • 2 residents

Woodman School

  • 1 resident

Teacher Residency Map 2023-2024

2023-2024 Participating Districts

Browning Public Schools

  • 5 residents

Cayuse Prairie Elementary

  • 1 resident

Columbia Falls Public Schools

  • 1 resident

Frontier Elementary School

  • 1 resident

Great Falls Public Schools

  • 1 resident

Hardin School District

  • 5 residents

Harlem School District

  • 1 resident

Havre Public Schools

  • 1 resident

Kalispell Public Schools

  • 1 resident

Lodge Grass Public Schools

  • 2 residents

Noxon Public Schools

  • 1 resident

Upper West Shore Elementary School - Dayton

  • 1 resident

Vaughn Elementary

  • 2 residents


A big shout out to Representative Brad Barker who sponsored HB 833, supporting teacher recruitment and retention in the state of Montana!

Representative Brad Barker Headshot

 

Beginning in fiscal year 2025, House Bill 833 will provide funding for residency. For more information on House Bill 833, please visit the official Montana Legislature website.


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OPI Staff are here to help:

Krystal Smith, Operations Manager, 406-249-0758

Cameron Cady, Teacher Residency Program Specialist, 406-444-1962

 

Meet the Teacher Residency Staff