Project Inspire

What is Project Inspire?

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Project Inspire Teacher Residency is an innovative program that recruits, trains, and supports excellent math and science teachers for Hamilton County’s public schools. We believe that access to great math and science teaching is an issue of social justice, and we seek candidates who share our passion for equity and excellence.


Similar to a medical residency, teacher residents develop their skills directly in a school setting. Residents teach four days per week with veteran mentor teachers, called Clinical Instructors. To build relationships with peers, residents will work alongside one another at school sites.  In addition, all residency schools serve as learning labs, where current and resident teachers learn from one another through observation and reflection.  Finally, residents spend one day per week in specially designed courses from Tennessee Technological University. At the end of the year, residents have earned a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, experienced teaching first-hand, and developed relationships with fellow residents, Clinical Instructors, and most importantly, students.


Graduates of the program commit to teach in Hamilton County for four years beyond the residency year.  In support of that commitment, each graduate will receive personalized, content-focused coaching during the first four years of teaching and will participate in an active alumni network that meets regularly.  Since Project Inspire is built on collaboration, residency graduates will have access to professional development and leadership opportunities available through Fund for Teachers, the Southeast STEM Innovation Hub, and the Teacherpreneur Incubator. 

Minimum Requirements

         Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

         U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status

         Four-year STEM degree from an accredited university (official list of degrees at

         Commitment to teach four years beyond the residency year in a high-need position


         Full tuition provided for a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction

         Residency year living stipend of $22,100 from AmeriCorps and National Science Foundation

         Teaching stipend of $10,000 per year for graduates fulfilling the commitment to serve in high-need positions (in addition to salary)

         Access to Urban Teacher Residency United, a national network of 22 residencies

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Project Inspire is recruiting residents for the 2015-2016 cohort. Contact Erin Harrell, Program Associate, for more information ( 




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