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Danielle Smiley, PTRP cohort 7, completed her residency year in Kindergarten education. She is now teaching fourth-grade science at Propel Northside.

The Propel Teacher Residency Program (PTRP) is a unique teacher-residency program that Propel Schools developed to tackle a critical challenge—retaining quality educators. This full-time program prepares educators committed to social justice and equity in education.  Successful participants finish the program as Pennsylvania-certified teachers with three years of teaching experience and the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of our scholars.

 Every scholar deserves a great educator

Through the ABCTE Teacher Residency Program,  Propel Resident Teachers earn their Pennsylvania 7-12 teaching certification while receiving support and guidance from Propel Schools Residency Staff and Point Park University. The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) Program

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offers an alternative teaching certification program that is affordable and flexible. Begun in 2001 out of the U.S. Department of Education’s desire to offer an accepted, rigorous alternative to traditional teacher certification paths, the American Board was designed to be online and self-paced, so that candidates in the program can study when and where they are able. Selected candidates will complete the ABCTE certification program, academic coursework, and mentoring from Point Park University, and serve as teaching apprentices supported by a Propel mentor for a full year.


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PTRP Cohort 6 Resident Sabrina Bookwalter

PTRP Cohort 6 Resident Nathaniel McLaurin

All candidates earn a monthly stipend ($2,000) and health benefits. At the completion of their apprentice year, they will impact the lives of scholars in a guaranteed three-year, full-time, salaried teaching position at Propel Schools. Hear from Resident Jhanaya Covington in the video below. 

FAME and the Propel Schools Teacher Residency Program are uniting to increase diversity in local and regional classrooms. Leaders from FAME and Propel Schools shared their efforts to dramatically increase the number of Black teachers entering the profession in the Greater Pittsburgh region during a recent panel discussion.