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T e ac h h o u s e e xt e r i o r : J u l i e S c h o o n m a k e r, D u k e U n i v e r s i t y; r e m a i n i n g p h otos : D u k e U n i v e r s i t y P h oto g ra p h y


n Durham’s East Side, in the Cleveland-Holloway neighborhood, stands a 4,500-square-foot, 115-year-old Victorian House filled with six roommates. Their common bond: enhancing their own teaching practices and early career experiences to support the local public education system. Together, these housemates compose Duke TeachHouse, a first-of-itskind initiative designed to give new teachers the ongoing support, resources, and encouragement to help them navigate their first and many times challenging years as an early career teacher. It brings together experienced and newly-licensed teachers in a co-living environment where young educators support and learn from each other.

“As a former school administrator and teacher, I vividly remember the challenges of my first years of teaching, and as a school principal, there wasn’t a day that I didn’t observe and worry about the daily and ongoing stressors that impact all teachers, especially the early career teachers,” said Jan Riggsbee, Duke TeachHouse Director From left (pages 2-3): and faculty member President Brodhead in Duke’s Program in speaks with the residents Education. “I think of TeachHouse; The welcoming front entrance a program like Duke of the Duke TeachHouse; TeachHouse is critical Fellows Benton Wise, because it provides Mary Margaret Mills, new teachers with the Erin McInerney, Shannon Potter, and Ashley Pollard; support, resources, Visitors explore the Duke and professional TeachHouse during the and personal growth open house reception.

opportunities needed to build confidence and competence as developing teacher leaders within their school communities.” With backing from Duke’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) and Education and Human Development Incubator (EHDi), Duke’s Program in Education, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs (DARA), Durham Public Schools (DPS), and Forward Impact, Duke TeachHouse is designed to bolster teacher recruitment and retention efforts within the local public education system. The concept behind the initiative is simple. First-year teachers and experienced teachers— all graduates of Duke and licensed teachers— live and learn together in the same house for a two-year fellowship.

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