Together We've Accomplished
Teachers Prepared
Schools Reached
K-12 Students Reached
Principal Satisfaction

“I see the Alder Teacher Residency (ATR) as a program that really ensures teachers are ready to serve a classroom and community of historically underserved students. What I really appreciated about the residency was the amount of support I got from my director, mentor, fellow teachers and staff, and my cohort. Equity was a major part of the experience and making sure we knew where our students and families came from and how to best serve them.”

— Vitalis Obidi, Alum (Bay Area)

“The Alder Teacher Residency is a unique, rigorous teacher training program that offers aspiring teachers the opportunity to train for an entire school year inside an exceptional teacher’s classroom while also working on coursework and obtaining a Master’s Degree.”

— Allison Leslie, Former Superintendent and Chief of Schools (Memphis)

“As a resident, I taught in a safe, supported environment with an esteemed mentor and director who were able to provide real-time observations and coaching in order to help me make action-oriented reflections. I finished the yearlong program as a highly qualified credentialed teacher with a Master’s Degree. I was well-prepared for my first independent year teaching thanks to the supportive team the ATR program encompasses you with. Joining the ATR program was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”

— Shawna Koga, Alum and Mentor (Central Valley)

Our mission is to create opportunity and cultivate success for every student by recruiting and educating excellent teachers and leaders who reflect the diversity of our schools’ communities.
Faculty continually gather qualitative and quantitative data on the success of our work and engage with research in education to evolve and refine our model. The results of our work are held up against our vision to prepare exceptional teachers who change students’ lives, and these data help us to continually improve our program.


Outcomes that we monitor include:

During Program

  1. Completion rates
  2. Resident demographics
  3. Evidence of resident learning

Mentors, directors, and instructors closely monitor our students throughout their residency for the three elements that fundamentally characterize an Alder educator:

  • Head: A well-developed philosophy of education that demonstrates a deep understanding of the theory and key research that form the foundation of the K–12 public school landscape.
  • Heart: An approach to their craft that shows a sophisticated grasp of the current social justice landscape and a commitment to educational equity for all students.
  • Hands: A strong grasp of the rigorous pedagogical skills that foster success in the classroom.

Detailed data regarding student performance is provided in the Annual Program Assessment Report. Completion rates disaggregated by ethnicity and gender can be viewed in the Alder Completion Rates Report. Information about Alder’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is available in the Alder Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement.

Beyond Program

  1. Hiring rates
  2. Retention rates
  3. Teaching effectiveness rates
Over 7 Years, 87% of Residents Complete the Program in One Year

The 2017-18 completion rate was impacted by a mid-year change in the University of the Pacific’s deadline for CSET passing. All 12 students who were forced to drop out mid-year received extra support and have passed the CSET since, with 11 returning to complete the program in 2018-19.

Percentage of Students from Historically Underrepresented Groups
Percentage of Pell Grant Recipients and First Generation College Graduates
Over 90% of Residents Pass Master's Orals on First Attempt
As of 2016-17, at Least 85% of Residents Pass All Gateways on First Attempt
Over 90% of Residents Pass State Teaching Performance Examinations on First Attempt
97% of Graduates Are Hired as Full-Time Teachers
Residency Graduates Are Retained at Higher Rates than Their Peers
Over 7 Years, Alder Graduates Are More Effective than Their Peers

The Aspire Public Schools teacher effectiveness scores range from 1-5 (high scores better).
This overall effectiveness score combines multiple measures: student progress on standardized
tests; classroom observation scores; survey data from peers, students, and
student families; and school/team environment scores.