1st Edition

Establishing a Yearlong Teacher Residency A Roadmap for Transforming Educator Preparation

Edited By Christopher J. Sloan, Sarah Beal Copyright 2025
    192 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    192 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book outlines a model for a teacher residency, and how to establish a yearlong residency within an educator preparation program. It describes the four-year experiences of stakeholders at Tarleton State University, but can be used as a step-by-step guide in whole or in part to transforming teacher preparation at any university. After a brief description of the “traditional” clinical model and why a university may look to make a change, the book offers a roadmap for the entire process of moving to a residency model. Chapters provide detailed explanations of how to build mutually beneficial partnerships with school districts, utilize co-teaching models, and create revised roles across cooperating teachers, teacher residents, university and district leaders, and site coordinators. Contributing authors also cover change processes (successes and failures), funding models, scaling, sustainability, data collection, and evidence of effectiveness. Based on Tarleton’s recognition as one of the fastest scaling residency programs and most complete transformations to date, the tools presented offer any teacher prep program the opportunity to make the leap to a residency model. This resource is also ideal for school district leaders as guidance on building or enhancing existing partnerships with universities, and for in-service teachers to discover new co-teaching models.

    About the Editors and Contributors



    Chris Sloan    



    Chris Sloan


    Online Support Material


    Chapter 1 - Introduction

    Chris Sloan and Kimberly Rynearson


    Chapter 2 - Establishing the Pilot

    Julie Howell, Chris Sloan, and Kimberly Rynearson


    Chapter 3 - Developing Partnerships and MOUs

    Joshua Jones


    Chapter 4 – The Site Coordinator - The Glue That Holds It All Together

    Laura Brulé, Nicole Mishnick, and Crystal Rose



    Chapter 5 - Transforming Supervision: The Site Coordinator Role

    Chris Sloan, Joshua Jones, Laura Brulé, and Kimberly Rynearson



    Chapter 6 - The Cooperating Teacher - The Experienced Mentor

    Nicole Mishnick, Crystal Rose, and Katherine Jones



    Chapter 7 - The Impact of the Yearlong Residency on Teacher Residents

    Crystal Rose and Nicole Mishnick



    Chapter 8 – Strategic Staffing

    Nicole Mishnick, Joshua Jones, and Laura Brulé


    Chapter 9 - Scaling the Residency Smartly

    Elizabeth Garcia, Christy Reed, and Nicole Mishnick


    Chapter 10 - Curriculum and Assessment Development and Calibration

    Christy Reed and Chris Sloan


    Chapter 11 - Coming Full Circle: How Programmatic Use of a Codified Data Cycle Ensures Teachers Are Day One Ready

    Crystal Rose, Nicole Mishnick, and Katherine Jones


    Chapter 12 - Policy Changes and Handbooks

    Julie Howell, Joshua Jones, and Laura Brulé


    Chapter 13 - Next Steps and Future Plans

    Christy Reed, Elizabeth Garcia, Laura Brulé


    Chapter 14 - Conclusions

    Chris Sloan and Kim Rynearson



    Chris Sloan





    Christopher J. Sloan is the Associate Dean of the College of Education at Tarleton State University, USA.

    Sarah Beal is the Executive Director of the University School Partnerships for the Renewal of Educator Preparation (US PREP), USA.