Teacher Training: The Anti TFA
The Urban Teacher Education Program is small, generally shuns publicity, and features a lengthy, classroom-based preparation program. It makes the current handful of "residency-based" teacher prep programs (Boston Residency, AUSL) look like drive-by affairs. In an age of quickie teacher prep programs, UTEP is the anti-TFA.
Of course, it probably costs a ton of money, and may be completely unscalable. And there's no ed school involved, so ... well... don't even get me started about that. Worst of all, it's run out of the University of Chicago. But in six years it's got a 98 percent retention rate. Something to think about.