Oakland Teacher Residency

Grow Our Own

Oakland Unified School District is committed to building a full service community district focused on high academic achievement while serving the whole child, eliminating inequity, and providing each child with excellent teachers, every day.

We believe great teachers are made, not born, and we know the power of teachers in transforming students’ lives. There is a direct through line from highly qualified educators and effective teaching to success and achievement for all children. One teacher with the ability to fully serve their students, over their lifetime, will propel educational access and advancement, learning and achievement forward for thousands of young people in our community.

Oakland Teacher Residency


We cultivate and grow local diverse STEM and Special Education teachers to serve our students and communities where systemic racism has had the greatest impact and to increase opportunities for all Oakland students.


All Oakland Unified students have access to rigorous and relevant learning experiences delivered by OUSD STEM and Special Education teachers who 1) reflect the critical identities of their students, especially Black, Latinx, and multiracial candidates, 2) are highly skilled practitioners and committed to anti-racist practices, and 3) receive the highest quality preparation and support.

Why Choose a Residency?

Through the Oakland Teacher Residency, we aim to support aspiring STEM and Special Education educators with thoughtful, prepared mentors and an immersive apprenticeship experience. This ensures Oakland teacher residents are trained, prepared, and grounded on day one of teaching. National research shows that educators prepared through a teaching residency are both more effective and stay longer than their peers trained differently.

A teacher residency is a full year of immersive classroom experience with an experienced mentor teacher in the field while receiving financial support. Each Resident Teacher is paid $15,000 for the year of student teaching, and in exchange is expected to make a commitment to teaching at least 4 years in OUSD schools.

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