Memphis Teacher Residency

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Christy McFarland
2181 Union Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38104
United States of America
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Urban Education is the greatest social justice and civil rights issue in America today. 83% of students who attend Memphis City Schools live within 30% of the poverty line. 40-50% will not complete high school and only 3% are considered college ready. The mission of the MTR is to positively impact student achievement in Memphis' urban schools by recruiting, training, and supporting outstanding teachers, all within a Christian context. MTR believes that in order for transformation to occur it must come from within communities and not simply schools. We seek to merge the best of urban education reform with the best of Christian community development in a strategy known as Christian Community Education (CCE). *Applicants are not required to have an education degree.
Describe the types of ministry opportunities your agency will offer to Urbana 12 participants: 
Memphis Teacher Residency (MTR) requires a four year commitment from residents: a one year "residency" year and three "graduate" years teaching in a high-need Memphis urban public school. MTR provides a Masters in Urban Education, housing, stipend, and classroom coach for the residency year. A coach and ongoing community and program activities will continue to provide feedback and support during the three graduate years.
Besides exhibiting at Urbana 12, we'll also be...: 
The Justice Conference (February 2013 - Philadelphia, PA); School/University Visits
Term of service offered: 
3 years or longer
Staff Size (in North America): 
104 Residents and Graduates; 8 full-time staff; 9 part-time staff