The UChicago Urban Teacher Education Program believes that hands-on, lifelong learning is foundational to effective public education.

The University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP) launched in 2003 as one of the first teacher residency programs in the country. It has continued since as a model for urban teacher preparation designed for aspiring teachers who are committed to social justice and educational equity. Today, UChicago UTEP is an integral part of the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute, which bridges education research and practice to create reliably excellent public schooling.

UChicago UTEP is a five-year program that includes a two-year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree followed by three years of post-graduation mentorship and coaching for alumni in Chicago. Our work is grounded in a vision by several important beliefs:

Relationships are foundational to teaching and learning
In turn, teaching and learning only occur in dialogue with others, including students, families, communities, and colleagues.
Critical awareness and analysis promote social justice
Educators must think intentionally and critically about issues of race, class, and culture in order to take purposeful action against structural inequities.
Reflection and inquiry drive growth
Teachers and learners rigorously question themselves, their practice, and the world around them to facilitate development.
Growth and development occur over time
Learning, learning how to learn, and learning how to teach well are all lifelong endeavors.

Taken together, these beliefs advance our efforts to provide transformative educative experiences and contribute to greater equity and excellence in urban public schooling.

Our People

The UChicago Urban Teacher Education Program's staff is composed of former urban school district teachers who are deeply passionate about and committed to providing the next generation of urban educators with the tools they need to succeed.

UTEP Leadership

Jeanette Bartley

Co-Director
University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program

Bill Kennedy

Co-Director
University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program

UTEP Instructors & Staff

Tynia Burton

Induction Coach Coordinator and Residency Instructor
University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program

Kay Fujiyoshi

Foundations Year Instructor and Advisor
University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program

Julie Furigay

New Teacher Induction Coach and Residency Instructor
University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program

Janet Granados

Literacy Tutoring Instructor and Bilingual Induction Coach
University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program

Woody Lajeune

Induction Coach and Instructor
University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program

Margret Pilat-Chiyeni

Induction Coach
University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program

Sara Rezvi

Induction Coach
University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program

Sheri Roedel

Residency Year Coordinator
University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program

Tinishia Legaux Washington

Math Instructor Foundations Year
University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program

Diane M. Wright

Student Services Administrator, Recruiter and Admissions Coordinator
University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program

Our Alumni

Ninety-two percent of UTEP graduates are still teaching in urban schools after five years, compared to the national average of 50 percent. Learn about what has helped them succeed and thrive in urban classrooms and communities across the country.

 

Our Partners

We strongly believe that becoming a successful teacher requires first-hand experience in both classrooms and community-based organizations. All of our community-based partners help us ensure that our students understand the social and cultural context surrounding the schools in which they will teach and learn.

AmeriCorps

Breakthrough Collaborative

Chicago Public Schools

City Year

National Center for Teacher Residencies

Neighborhood Schools Program

Umoja Student Development Corporation