The UTRU Network

With partner programs in a number of key districts, the UTRU Network is setting the standard for urban teacher preparation on a national scale.

The Power of the Network

Strength in Numbers

In 2004, the nation’s existing Urban Teacher Residency programs – located in Boston, Chicago and Metro Denver – created an informal partnership to exchange best practices, share programmatic innovations and promote the concept of residency-based teacher preparation at state and federal government levels.

From this initial partnership, Urban Teacher Residency United (UTRU) emerged as a collective effort to launch and support high-functioning Residency programs in high-needs urban districts. The success of our network can be attributed to a shared set of core values — through the open exchange of feedback, results and innovations, UTRU and its partner programs are setting the standard for urban teacher preparation nationwide.

UTRU Friends are various organizations committed to transforming teacher preparation in urban districts.


Nationwide - Visit site

UTRU is a partner in the 100Kin10 movement to prepare, deploy, and support 100,000 excellent STEM teachers over the coming 10 years. Learn more about the movement in this video.


Washington - Visit site

AACTE is a national alliance of educator preparation programs dedicated to the highest quality preparation of teachers and school leaders in order to enhance PK-12 student learning.

Alliance for Education

Seattle - Visit site

The Alliance for Education serves as a catalyst for change, a convener of community leadership, and a conduit for directing private resources - both dollars and expertise - toward critical needs in Seattle Public Schools.

Bank Street College of Education

New York City - Visit site

Bank Street College’s mission is to improve the education of children and their teachers by applying to the educational process all available knowledge about learning and growth, and by connecting teaching and learning meaningfully to the outside world.

Bellwether Education Partners

Washington - Visit site

Bellwether Education Partners is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the achievement of low-income students by cultivating, advising, and placing a robust community of innovative, effective, and sustainable change agents in public education reform and improving the policy climate for their work.

Breakthrough Collaborative

Nationwide - Visit site

Founded in 1978, Breakthrough Collaborative has changed the lives of tens of thousands of students, utilizing a unique dual mission to increase academic opportunity for highly motivated, underserved students and put them on the trajectory of a successful college path; and inspire and develop the next generation of teachers and educational leaders.

Center for High Impact Philanthropy, University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia - Visit site

The Center for High Impact Philanthropy, housed at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice, provides information and decision-making tools that allow donors to understand where their funds can have the greatest social impact. By focusing on what is both actionable & evidence-based, we aim to define the efficient frontier of philanthropy, where nonprofit financing is not input-driven, or client-driven, but impact-driven.

Center for Inspired Teaching

Washington - Visit site

The Center for Inspired Teaching works with teachers and principals to ensure that schools make the most of children’s innate desire to learn.

Citizen Schools

Nationwide - Visit site

Citizen Schools partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities across the country.

Cleveland Urban Teacher Residency

Cleveland - Visit site

Cleveland Urban Teacher Residency (CUTR) is a highly selective and competitive program, an innovative partnership between Breakthrough Schools, an Ohio-based network of high performing, urban, public charter schools, and Ursuline College, offering a holistic education that transforms students for service, leadership and professional excellence.

Council of Chief State School Officers

Washington - Visit site

The Council of Chief State School Officers is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.

Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center

Estes Park - Visit site

The Professional Development staff at Eagle Rock are organizational school change consultants working with schools, school districts, and youth service organizations to help them create healthy, high-functioning learning environments with the aim to improve student achievement.

Human Capital Strategies for Urban Schools


Human Capital Strategies for Urban Schools partners with urban school systems as well as foundations, higher education institutions and non-profit organizations that partner with schools and school systems.  We focus on leadership development, systemic strategies to improve instruction and student learning, strategies that build human capital in schools and school systems, and professional development.

Indianapolis Urban Teacher Residency

Indianapolis - Visit site

The mission of the Woodrow Wilson/Indianapolis Urban Teacher Residency (WW/IUTR) is to prepare exemplary urban educators in STEM areas who are prepared to teach all learners.

National Education Association

Washington - Visit site

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. Their mission is to advocate for education professionals and to unite members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.

New Teacher Center

Santa Cruz - Visit site

The New Teacher Center is a national organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders. NTC strengthens school communities through proven mentoring and professional development programs, online learning environments, policy advocacy, and essential research.

Pittsburgh Public Schools

Pittsburgh - Visit site

Pittsburgh Public Schools serves 25,000 students in 59 schools. Their mission is to be one of America’s premier school districts, student-focused, well-managed, and innovative.

Teach for America

New York City - Visit site

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors and career interests who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity.  TFAs mission is to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting our nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort.

Teach Plus

Chicago - Visit site

The mission of Teach Plus is to support the retention of high quality teachers into a second stage of their careers by expanding leadership opportunities and financial incentives for those who demonstrate success in the classroom. It is founded on the premise that teachers want to learn and grow in the profession, and want to ensure that their development results in increased learning among their students.

Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM

Cleveland - Visit site

TIES, Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM education, is the country’s foremost innovator bringing STEM School design, STEM curriculum, and STEM instructional support to schools, districts, states and the federal government.

The VIVA Project

Chicago - Visit site

The VIVA Project works to dramatically increase classroom teachers’ participation in important state and national policy decisions about public education.  We open communication directly between individual teachers and public officials so that they have authentic insight into how classrooms and schools work and they make policy that works better for classrooms.

UCLA Impact: Urban Teacher Residency

Los Angeles - Visit site

UCLA Impact, a partnership between UCLA Center X TEP, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Small Schools Center, is developing a network of 180 community teachers over five years and teacher leaders working in the high-need subject areas of math, science, special education and early childhood education within a consortium of high-need yet innovative preK-12 small autonomous schools and small learning communities.

University of Washington College of Education

Seattle - Visit site

Consistently ranked among the top colleges of education, the University of Washington College of Education is dedicated to making an excellent education a daily reality for every student in every community across the state and beyond.

Urban Education Institute

Chicago - Visit site

The mission of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) is to create knowledge to produce reliably excellent urban schooling. UEI is comprised of four primary components: University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, UChicago Urban Teacher Education Program, UChicago Charter School, and UChicago Impact.

In addition to friends and partners, UTRU has also developed formal alliances with key national organizations that share our vision for improving student achievement in high-need districts nationwide.

Center for Teaching Quality

Hillsborough - Visit site

The Center for Teaching Quality seeks to improve student learning and advance the teaching profession by cultivating teacher leadership, conducting timely research, and crafting smart policy—all in an effort to ensure that every student in America has a qualified, well-supported and effective teacher.

Education Counsel

Washington - Visit site

Education Counsel is an innovative law, policy, strategy, and advocacy organization committed to strengthening education systems, closing achievement gaps, and expanding access to educational opportunities.  The firm collaborates with education leaders from across the country, including state and local leaders, higher education officials, associations, and pioneering private and public entities to improve educational outcomes for all students.

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