CREC Teacher Residency Program



Research shows that when there are more teachers of color in the classroom, dropout rates decline, college admission rates increase, and all students experience achievement gains. 

Governor Lamont and the State Department of Education have made an express commitment to increasing the racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of Connecticut’s teaching workforce. The Minority Teacher Recruitment Task Force set a goal to hire 1,000 black and Latino teachers and school leaders before 2021.

 In 2019, CREC, with the support of the Connecticut State Department of Education, created and launched an alternate route to elementary certification program. The CREC Teacher Residency Program is specifically designed to recruit and retain teachers of color and eliminate common barriers to certification such as:

» The cost of graduate school

» Standardized testing requirements

» Economic hardship of being a full-time student

» Inadequate preparation

For $8.5 million, we can have 8 sites and train 120 teachers of color across Connecticut per year.  The investment in this Teacher Residency Program will increase the number of teachers of color and promote greater inclusion of diverse staff across Connecticut schools at a rate of 15 teachers per site per content area.  

Funding to support:  

Resident Tuition Books, Laptops, & Required Assessments

Mentor Stipends Mentor, Principal & Resident Training Sessions

Resident Salary and Benefits Program Materials

Program Staff Marketing and Communications



We believe the CREC Teacher Residency Program can make a significant contribution to meeting the state's goals for certifying teachers of color. With your support we will:

  • Increase the number of teachers of color by 15 teachers per site per content area.
  • Provide quality certification pathways that minimize barriers and maximize success in two additional endorsement areas.
  • Make a significant contribution to the CSDE state goal by expanding programming to seven additional sites in Connecticut.
  • Secure state, district, and private funding to support fidelity of the residency model and commitment to teachers of color.


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