CREATE (Collaboration and Reflection to Enhance Atlanta Teacher Effectiveness) merges an innovative 3-year, new teacher residency model with extensive opportunities for teacher and school leader collaboration, reflection, and professional learning within individual schools and between neighboring schools. This merger of programming—supporting both new and experienced educators in both public charter and traditional district schools—makes CREATE an effective partner in the effort to train teachers for work in several Atlanta Public Schools in historically-underserved communities.

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CREATE grew out of a partnership that began in 2011 between Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School and Georgia State University's College of Education and Human Development that explored the impacts of a teacher residency in a single school.

CREATE drives this work through three types of programming

Teacher Residency

A three year residency for new educators during which they learn to create a positive learning experience for each student.

Professional Learning

A Professional Learning program for experienced educators to support them in developing their schools into communities that practice inclusivity, equity and compassion.

Induction Organization Collaborative

A third space that brings together university faculty, school district administrators and school leaders together in order to re-imagine and reform teacher education.

Impact for the 2018-2019 School Year

Current Residents

Partner Schools

Impact from 2015 to 2019

CREATE has influenced

New Teacher Residents

CREATE has helped develop


School Leaders

CREATE Has Influenced


Experienced Educators

The CREATE Staff


Elizabeth Hearn, Ed.S.

Director of CREATE

Principal co-Investigator, CREATE Grant


Ayodele Harrison

Assistant Director of CREATE


Megan McKnight

Assistant Director of CREATE


Folami Prescott-Adams, Ph.D.

Lead Facilitator

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Maya Jenkins

Instructional Mentor


Kofi Kinney

Instructional Mentor


CaTia Daniels, CNP

Executive Assistant

Georgia State University College of Education and Human Development Research Team

Stephanie Behm-Cross, Ph.D.

Principal co-Investigator, CREATE Grant

Assistant Professor and Co-Coordinator, Ph.D. in Teaching & Learning: Teaching and Teacher Education
Department of Middle and Secondary Education

Nadia Behizadeh, Ph.D.

Research Director, CREATE Teacher Residency

Associate Professor, Adolescent Literacy
Program Coordinator, M.Ed. in Literacy Education
Department of Middle and Secondary Education

Rhina Fernandes Williams, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor, Critical & Multicultural Education
Co-Program Director, Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction
Department of Early Childhood Education & Elementary Education

Jacob Hackett, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator

Department of Middle and Secondary Education

Camea L. Davis, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Middle and Secondary Education

Sumayah Clark

CREATE Project Coordinator

Our History

In 2015, The New Teacher Residency Project at Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School was awarded a 3 million dollar Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the US Education Department, thereby launching an expansion of this work into several new schools and into the realm of more comprehensive programming for experienced educators. This expansion was the beginning of the CREATE Teacher Residency Program.

CREATE received crucial additional support from several charitable foundations including but not limited to:

The R.H. Dobbs Jr. Foundation

The Ziest Foundation

The Coca-Cola Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The Belk Foundation

The Fuqua Foundation

In the Fall of 2017 CREATE was awarded an $8 million Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant by the U.S. Education Department to support and expand programming from 2018 to 2022.

In spring 2018, CREATE began an official partnership with the National Center for Teacher Residencies.