schools.jpgSan Francisco schools received a big financial boost, school district officials announced Friday.

The San Francisco Teacher Residency, a partnership between San Francisco Unified School District, the University of San Francisco, Stanford University, the United Educators of San Francisco, the San Francisco Education Fund and AmeriCorps, has been awarded one of 30 “Transition to Teaching” grants from the U.S. Department of Education to recruit and prepare teachers to work in the most challenging subjects in the most challenging schools, SFUSD said.

SFTR teacher candidates, called residents, integrate master’s level coursework at USF and Stanford with a full year apprenticeship alongside expert teachers in SFUSD.

Residents, after the completion of the program, will become teachers of record the following year, SFUSD said.

“Because our candidates are in the classroom from the first day of school until the last, they can link what they are learning in their university coursework to real-life practice,” SFTR Director and former SFUSD principal Dr. Debbie Faigenbaum said. “As a result, they are better prepared to deal with the challenges of teaching and more likely to stay in the classroom.”

USF will receive more than $2 million over the course of five years from the U.S. Department of Education to support the SFTR.

The SFTR expanded from 14 residents to 25 this year and hopes to reach 30 next year.

Zack Farmer, Bay City News

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