Talia Milgrom-Elcott Elected to Urban Teacher Residency United Board

Talia Milgrom-Elcott, a program officer at Carnegie Corporation of New York and a lawyer by training, has been elected to the board of the Urban Teacher Residency United (UTRU), a not-for-profit organization that serves a growing national network of innovative teacher preparation programs.

The announcement was made by Joanna Jacobson, Managing Director, Strategic Grant Partners and Anissa Listak, respectively Board Chair and Executive Director of UTRU.

“We are honored that Talia Milgrom-Elcott has agreed to serve on our Board of Directors," said Listak. "Talia is an experienced program officer whose dedication to education reform grows from her critical role as part of New York City Chancellor Joel Klein’s team.”

Listak continued, “Talia’s considerable know-how and energy is singularly focused on addressing the nation’s failing educational system by identifying, training and supporting well-prepared, high-performing teachers, especially for schools in high-poverty areas.”

Milgrom-Elcott manages Carnegie Corporation’s investments to significantly improve student achievement, which has three complementary parts: (1) recruiting and preparing excellent teachers and principals, (2) using student learning data to develop teachers throughout their careers so that they and their students continue to improve, and (3) providing assessments to manage talent: to incentivize top performers, remove low performers, and ensure that the highest-need students and classrooms have the teachers best equipped to help them. 

Prior to working at the Department of Education, Talia clerked for Judge Robert Sack of the Second Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. In law school, Talia worked with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society on questions of digital space and content and focused on education and the role of public/private spaces and institutions.

Talia received her BA magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she was also Phi Beta Kappa. She returned to Harvard for her JD, which she also received magna cum laude.

About UTRU:

UTRU is a national network of teacher residency programs dedicated to accelerating student achievement through the training, support, and retention of excellent teachers.  UTRU serves its growing network by partnering with school districts, institutions of higher education, and not-for-profits to develop and support strong residencies.   UTRU's goal is to expand the number of high-quality teacher residency programs nationwide in order to place and retain high-performing teachers in high-needs districts, thereby dramatically improving student achievement. 

To this end, UTRU has developed Quality Standards, which identify, define, and describe the specific program design elements that are essential for a quality UTR. These quality standards act as the foundation for the network’s programmatic and learning activities. UTRU utilizes these standards to support individual program development as well as a dynamic professional learning community in which best practices are developed and disseminated.