Residency Experience

The residency experience is a cornerstone of the MA in Educational Transformation, combining the study of educational research and theory with hands-on, experiential learning in schools, nonprofits, school districts, and public agencies. Through their residency, students are immersed in the complex educational contexts of DC, a center of education policymaking and innovation with offers a vivid perspective on the rewards and challenges of a career in the field.

As a center of policymaking and a hub of educational innovation,
DC offers insight into the rewards and challenges of a career in education.

As part of their residency, students work in a setting that aligns with their learning objectives, whether classroom instruction or policy advocacy. In these settings – schools, advocacy organizations, district or charter leadership offices, public agencies, and more – you will apply the skills learned within your courses to real world opportunities. For students in Learning & Teaching, instructional leaders from schools throughout DC serve as clinical faculty for our students. For Advocacy & Policy, students regularly engage with leaders in both local and national nonprofit, public, and advocacy arenas.

In the Advocacy & Policy concentration, students are matched with a nonprofit, public agency, lobbyist, advocacy group, think-tank, or school district, such as DC Public Schools, the US Commission on Civil Rights, the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and Parents Amplifying Voices in Education. An agreement between the student, program, and residency sponsor sets ten months of objectives and concrete skills that interplay with coursework to ensure students experience the challenges, frustrations, rewards, satisfactions, and accomplishments of advocacy and policy. The goal is to ensure an immersive, experiential mode of learning while also providing a research-anchored curriculum taught by faculty undertaking their own research into the dynamics of the field.
As a Learning & Teaching student, you will be placed with a PK-12 classroom in DC as a paid instructional aide, working 20 hours per week to assist a classroom teacher with instructional tasks while engaging coursework on pedagogy, culturally-relevant education, and child adolescent development. Your time on campus will help you gradually assume greater responsibilities in the classroom, and through our clinical faculty you will receive direct, specific evaluation and feedback on your instructional practice. The goal is to gradually ramp up your skills, confidence, and efficacy by integrating on a daily basis the skills of teaching and running a classroom with the specific knowledge of how to guide aspiring learners. Our hope is that this powerful combination will ensure your success as an instructional leader, a role you will assume in the second year of study.

Diverse Experiences

As educational policy is an ideologically diverse terrain, we welcome contact from any group or entity that seeks to enter into a residency agreement with us, and students may also propose their own residency. We want our students to be exposed to all perspectives within the field and we take no position on the advocacy or policy work any residency partners undertake, so long as it complies with all applicable local, state, and federal laws. Whenever possible, we aim to place students in paid positions.

Contact Us

DC Public Schools Central Office

American Youth Policy Forum

Office of the Student Advocate

DC Public Charter School Board

United States Commission on Civil Rights

Maryland Leadership Workshops

Center for Multicultural Equity & Access

American Federation of Teachers


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