What We Do

CREATE helps schools to help teachers succeed by:

Addressing Systemic Teacher Induction Challenges

Train New Teachers

We train new teachers using a three-year, comprehensive support system designed to increase teacher effectiveness and retention

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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 foster the development of teacher-leadership through equity-centered, collaborative and reflective professional learning.

Cooperating Teacher (CT) Training equips experienced educators working in CREATE schools to support year 1 residents completing their teaching practicum (student teaching) towards improvement in: professionalism, instructional skills, planning skills, assessment skills, and collaboration/reflection skills.  CT Training is delivered in several sessions totaling over 23 hours in length, beginning the summer prior to the start of the school and continuing throughout the year.

School Based Mentor (SBM) Training equips experienced educators to guide year 2 and year 3 resident (full-time classroom teachers) in mastering: professional practice, development of a growth mindset, and skills for well-being. SBM Training is delivered in several sessions totaling over 12 hours in length, beginning the summer prior to the start of the school and continuing throughout the year.

Equity Centered Critical Friendship (ECCF) Institute is a 4-day immersive institute where participants encounter what it looks, feels and sounds like to be a part of a community of practitioners fiercely committed to educational equity and excellence.

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

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Presence, Power and Impact is a 4-day interactive institute during which participants will explore how practices of compassion and discernment enhance their presence, power and impact.

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Professional Learning Facilitators Training 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.

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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Address systemic teacher induction challenges

We address systemic teacher induction challenges by bringing together school districts and universities 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.