What We Do

Train New Teachers

We offer new teachers a three-year, comprehensive support system aimed at increasing teacher effectiveness and retention. 

Teacher Residency - We seek  to attract talented, diverse, and committed prospective teachers to work in schools of historically underserved communities within and around the Maynard Jackson cluster of Atlanta Public Schools. Over the course of three year, we offer new teachers a comprehensive support system aimed at increasing teacher effectiveness and retention.Our teacher residency is similar to the medical residency model and only accepts Georgia State University bachelors or masters degree students from the CEHD who are willing to commit to our three year model.   

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Summer Resident Academy (SRA) -is a 5-week intensive new teacher training academy that takes place the summer between graduating from Georgia State University College of Education and Human Development and the first year of teaching. Our vision is for a cohort of beginning teachers who, empowered by their knowledge and experiences, enter their first year of teaching confident and prepared to lead each student to academic and social emotional success starting the first day of school.

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Develop Teacher Leaders

We train and support expert teachers to serve as mentors guiding residents toward improvement in professionalism, instructional skills, and reflection.

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Cooperating Teacher (CT)

A CT hosts a Year 1 resident for their practicum (student teaching) experience. CTs guide residents toward improvement in: professionalism, instructional skills, planning skills, assessment skills, and collaboration/reflection skills.

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School Based Mentor (SBM)

A SBM works alongside a Y2 or Y3 resident to supports them as they navigate their school building, many new experiences and challenging times. The SBM focuses with the resident on mastering: professional practice, development of a growth mindset, and skills for well-being. 

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Instructional Mentor (IM)

An IM is responsible for helping to promote quality instruction by providing direct, on-the-job professional development to a caseload of Year 2 and Year 3 residents. 

Engage experienced educators in professional learning

We offer advanced learning opportunities for experienced educators to develop practices of inclusivity, equity, and compassion.

Equity Based iGroup Training is 5-day training designed to assist teams of educators with developing their capacity to identify inequities and interrupt racism. 

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Equity Centered Critical Friendship (ECCF) is a 4-day institute for individuals and school teams who are new to equity-centered critical friendship and wish to commit to teaching for social justice and building racial equity in our classrooms, schools and communities and much more.

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CBCT®  (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) is a system of contemplative exercises designed to support educators develop healthier responses to daily stressors and to strengthen and sustain compassion. 

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School Reform Initiative (SRI) Fall Meeting is 3-day gathering of educators from around the world, coming together in community to share questions about their practice and learn from close, public examination of their work.  At Fall Meeting, participants engage with others in professional collaboration, equity-centered practices and reflective discourse using SRI protocols and resources!

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Facilitators for Professional Learning

Each year, experienced educators from across our partner schools have the opportunity to become certified facilitators for professional learning in the areas of CBCT®, Equity-Centered Critical Friendship (ECCF), and Equity-Based iGroup.

Address systemic induction problems

Through our induction organizations collaborative and powerful partnerships between school leaders, we engage collective, sustained reflection in order in order to re-imagine and reform teacher education. 

Induction Organization Collaborative (IOC) - A “third space” developed to engage teacher preparation and induction organizations in collective, sustained reflection in order to re-imagine and reform teacher education. Drawing on third space theory, which calls for the recognition and deconstruction of binaries (like theory vs practice) and the creation of new spaces for reflection and renewal, CREATE brings together university faculty, district/school leaders, and community members involved in the education of students for sustained and deep (re)consideration of the work each does.


CREATE School Leaders' Retreat has been designed for Executive Directors, Heads of Schools, Principals, Assistant Principals, and other administrative leaders of CREATE schools. The retreat is a half-day gathering for fellowship, refreshment, and strategic consultation on issues related to teacher preparation and support facing their schools and communities.