Open the door to diversity

By Imelda Nava-Landeros, Jo Ann Isken and Annamarie Francois
December 2020
Vol. 41, No. 6
The progression of teacher learning from aspiring educator to accomplished practitioner is multifaceted and complex. Selecting a teacher preparation program is a critical point in this journey, but it is by no means the end. Strengthening teacher pipelines requires aligned systems that not only open diverse entry points and provide initial preparation but also create opportunities for ongoing growth and development. Teacher residencies are a model for coherent teacher development from preservice to teacher induction and beyond, through structured collaboration between universities and districts. Effective residencies are learning spaces that connect theory and practice in ways that center student and teacher learning. Residencies initiate and nurture professional learning communities that center shared values, critical reflection, powerful pedagogies, and networks of sustained, ongoing development and support.

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Imelda Nava-Landeros ( is a director of UCLA STEM+C3 and new residency program and lecturer.

Jo Ann Isken (, UCLA Principal Leadership Institute Faculty

Annamarie Francois (, UCLA Center X Executive Director, are faculty members at UCLA’s Center X in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.

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