SPPS Seeking to Recruit Future Teachers from Diverse Backgrounds

Posted by Saint Paul Public Schools on Nov. 30, 2017 


SPPS is working to recruit, prepare, support and retain highly qualified teachers from diverse backgrounds through a unique partnership with the University of St. Thomas. The Saint Paul Urban Teacher Residency (SUTR) program combines an affordable, accelerated Master’s degree program with a year-long co-teaching experience in an SPPS classroom.

The program is open to anyone with a Bachelor’s degree who would like to become an SPPS teacher, but preference is given to current SPPS employees. Participants earn a Master’s degree and teaching license in 15 months. To date, 22 program graduates are teaching in SPPS schools. An additional 31 participants are currently in the program, and a third group will begin in June 2018. The application deadline for cohort three is February 9, 2018.

An extraordinary aspect of the program is that “candidates can attain their master’s degree and teaching license while co-teaching with a trained SPPS mentor teacher,” said Danaya Franke, program coordinator. “SUTR is a great pathway to bring teachers into SPPS who mirror the backgrounds of our students,” she added.

Benefits of the SUTR program include tuition at $695 per credit plus scholarship opportunities at the University of St. Thomas (UST). Residents receive a $19,500 stipend for the school-year program. SUTR residents also receive priority hire in SPPS upon completion of the program.

“This program removes barriers for aspiring teachers, like time and money,” said Franke. “Residents receive a lot of support. They have their SPPS mentor and a UST coach who are there to teach them and help them grow.”

The SUTR program began after SPPS was awarded a grant from the National Center of Teacher Residencies in the spring of 2016. The program has also received grant funding from the Minnesota Department of Education.

SUTR is hosting several information sessions for prospective candidates in the next few months. Visit the SUTR website to view information session dates and to find out more: https://www.spps.org/SUTR