Alder’s teacher prep provides students an immersive, year-long residency program that blends hands-on practice in the classroom with educational theory and research in both seminars and online. The program takes place in partnership with K–12 schools in historically underserved communities and recruits from the local community to expand and diversify the teaching population.
For the 2018-2019 school year, Alder received more than 500 applications and recruited 110 residents, a 69% increase in residents from the previous school year. These residents are spread across 51 schools and are made up of 54% first-generation college students and 48% Pell Grant recipients.
Alder is in the process of scaling its program and has successfully signed MOUs with nine K-12 partners within past year to expand partnerships. These include Aspire, San Lorenzo Unified, KIPP Bay Area, Caliber, KIPP LA, Monterey Peninsula Unified, Envision, Lighthouse, Green Dot, and Promise Academy. 97% of Alder graduates obtain full-time teaching positions after completing the program.
Overdeck Family Foundation is funding an evaluation study of the impact of Alder’s residency and co-teacher model on later teacher effectiveness and student achievement. The foundation is also supporting mixed-methods research that will help Alder make evidence-based changes to mentor and resident training. Given the scarcity of research in this area, these studies will bring meaningful insight into which co-teaching models are most effective in supporting student learning.