All Residents are enrolled in Relay’s Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) program (see Master of Arts in Teaching Program Overview) and/or alternate-route certification program. In addition, Residents spend their first year working in a PK–12 school as an apprentice, gradually taking on more responsibility throughout the year as they acquire proficiency in planning and delivering instruction. Every day, Residents spend consistent time in their Resident Advisor’s (RA) classroom to observe, learn, and co-teach. They also receive additional support from Relay in the form of training and instructional feedback. In the first year of the program, Relay training and classes will include a combination of core pedagogy, methods, and deliberate practice; altogether, Residents can expect to be in class approximately seven to eight times a month. Relay carefully monitors Residents’ growth over the course of the year to ensure they are on track in their development. If Residents are demonstrating proficiency in the skills required of successful novice teachers, Relay will support them in the application process for roles as full-time teachers for the following academic school year.
In the second year of the program, successful Residents transition into full-time teaching positions at partner schools. They remain enrolled in their master’s degree program and/or alternate-route certification program and continue to receive training and support from Relay faculty. Residents engage in the second year of the program focused on rigor, differentiation, character development, and student growth and achievement. At the end of the second year, Residents complete their master’s defense, presenting their student data, pedagogical development, and reflections to the Relay faculty.