The National Center for Teacher Residencies, a Chicago-based, not-for-profit organization, recently selected the Wilmington University College of Education's innovative year-long teacher residency initiative as one of its 2017 Supporting Effective Educator Development Grant recipients.

The SEED Grant recognizes programs that are transforming teacher preparation with up to $500,000 of support for student teachers and their mentors. The grant also invites recipients to participate in the NCTR's New Site Development Program, which includes two years of consulting designed to build, evaluate and sustain training practices.

The university’s year-long teacher residency program, developed in conjunction with several Delaware school districts, particularly benefits “high-needs” schools and has grown in participation since its 2014 launch. While traditional student teaching programs span a semester, those pursuing education degrees at Wilmington University are able to work side-by-side with mentor teachers for an entire school year.

Wilmington University's College of Education was chosen from 20 applicants for the NCTR's 2017 SEED Grants, a program funded by $11.7 million the organization received from the U.S. Department of Education in October 2015 to support great teaching and leadership.