History and Vision

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History and Vision

Urban Teacher Center (UTC) launched as a non-profit organization in September 2009, and welcomed 39 residents in August 2010 for its first residency year. In its first year, UTC opened with 2 partners - Baltimore City Schools and 2 charter management organizations (CMOs) in Washington, DC. 

This year, UTC welcomed 112 residents for its fifth and largest class yet. In total, 307 residents and teachers are serving in 86 schools across Baltimore City and Washington, DC – 36 in Baltimore City and 50 in Washington, DC.

UTC’s inaugural class were prepared in general and special education for the literacy and math content areas in grades prekindergarten – nine, leading to dual general and special education licensure for all participants who successfully pass though UTC’s performance standards. UTC has since launched a secondary math and secondary English degree and license.

 Our Vision for Success in 2021

  • UTC has expanded to 5 distinct districts, working in 7 total districts
  • UTC is preparing and placing teachers for grades nine – 12 in math, English and science with dual certification in special education
  • There is an expanding market of effective teachers who are aggressively acquired by savvy districts/CMOs
  • Two UTC partnering districts/CMOs introduce student achievement-based performance measures for all new teacher hires in specific content areas and grades
  • Using student performance outcomes, a state partner is tracking data from UTC’s teacher preparation program
  • UTC residents are eligible for high risk/high reward incentives in 3 of 5 partner districts