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Resident Teacher Program

at Hamlin Robinson School

A hands-on, mentored teaching experience
About the Resident Teacher Program

The Resident Teacher Program is designed for people who are considering or have decided on a career in education. Each Resident is paired with a team of experienced educators for one academic year, providing classroom support and receiving experience, feedback and direct mentorship from their teaching team and HRS Administration.

The core of the Resident Teacher Program at Hamlin Robinson School is our dedication to igniting the potential of students with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Resident Teachers gain the tools to effectively teach and support students struggling with language-based skills such as reading, writing, and math.

At the close of the academic year, Residents have gained invaluable experience that fuels their education careers at and beyond Hamlin Robinson School.

Your Residency Year: Program Components

In-Class, Hands-On Experience

Residents are partnered with a team of Master teachers at a specific grade level. The relationship between Master teachers and Resident teachers changes depending on the style of the Mentor Teacher, but all Residents will co-teach, lead-teach, and provide assessment and curriculum support at some point during their Residency year.

Training in Multi-Sensory Teaching Approach

All Resident Teachers receive Level One Training in the Slingerland Approach to instruction. This training is provided at no cost to Residents and will be a core piece of your year as a Resident Teacher at Hamlin Robinson School.

Slingerland is a classroom adaptation of the Orton-Gillingham method for teaching literacy. The approach is structured, sequential, and multisensory and is designed to help students with language-based learning differences make connections that lead to improvement in their reading and writing skills

Mentorship and Coaching

In addition to working closely with HRS Master teachers on a daily basis, Resident Teachers will also work closely with administrative Coaches who will provide assessment, instruction, and intensive feedback on a Resident’s guided practice.

Our Coaches are supportive, empathic educators with a combined total of 30 years in education.

Professional Development Opportunities

Resident Teachers are a critical part of the HRS faculty, and as such, are entitled to the same Professional Development opportunities as our regular faculty. In the 2019-2020 School Year, our faculty will have the opportunity to participate in a number of conferences, including:

  • 2019 International Dyslexia Association Conference in Portland, Oregon
  • A number of curriculum-specific conferences
  • And more

In addition, the HRS Learning Center offers Professional Development opportunities in which the Residents can partake, including a Fall Workshop, Speaker Series events, and more.

Competitive Compensation and Benefits

All Residents receive a salary of $37,500 over the course of 10-months. Residents also receive excellent Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage, as well as professional development support.

After Your Residency Year

Upon completion of the Resident Teacher Program and earning of their teaching credential, Residents often land positions in local public and private schools where they take their newly-gained experience in structured literacy and the craft of teaching to mainstream and literacy-focused classrooms around the region.

Your HRS Coaches will offer transition support in the way of resume and cover letter workshops, references, and making connections across independent schools.

Resident Teacher Cohort

There will be seven resident teachers for the 2019-2020 Resident Cohort, each coming into the program from a different path. While each is assigned to a grade level, the group comes together as a cohort for orientation and in monthly mentorship meetings. Through sharing challenges and successes, bonds are formed in the group that create a peer support network. In the spring, the group shares in each other’s future plans and celebrates successes.

Collaborating Certification ProgramsMany Hamlin Robinson School Resident Teachers have opted to receive their teaching certification during or after their Residency year. Some programs we have worked with include:

If you are pursuing a Certificate through another program, please inquire and let us know. We are happy to work with any accredited teacher certification program in our area.

Apply and Contact

Ready to start your Residency Year? Apply here!

Still have more questions? Contact Marianne Picha, Assistant Head of School, at 206-763-1167 x 104, or e-mail mpicha@hamlinrobinson.org