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NCTR board member Kerri Briggs co-authored a piece on how schools and other education organizations can better structure meetings to get the most out of collaborative work time. She also gives advice on how not to run meetings in this piece titled, “The meeting is dead, long live the meeting.”


C3 Teachers and Teaching Tolerance have partnered for an inquiry-based framework for teaching about slavery and white supremacy. On you'll find Featured Inquiries on slavery and enslavement. Some of these inquiries were part of “Teaching American Slavery Through Inquiry,” a co-publication with Teaching Tolerance.
Featured News
NCTR supporting the launch of three Illinois residencies

NCTR has been awarded $350,000 from the Joyce Foundation to assist the Illinois State Board of Education and three Chicago-area school districts and their university partners in the development of new teacher residency programs. The grant will allow NCTR to develop a “community of practice” with the participants so that they can share ideas, resources, and key learnings as they work to launch their programs. 

“We are seeing significant leaps forward as state policymakers have recognized that
residencies are an important part of a comprehensive strategy to improve teacher
effectiveness, to diversify the profession, and to lift student achievement,” said Tabitha Grossman, NCTR’s Director of Development and Partnerships. “We are excited to help grow residency programs in our home state of Illinois, and are grateful that the state board and the Joyce Foundation are committed to the residency model of teacher preparation.”

When up and running, the new residencies will each develop as many as 40 elementary teachers each year for students in Chicago Public Schools, Woodstock Community Unit School District 200, and North Chicago Community Unit School District 187. The grant will allow NCTR to accelerate its work with state boards and education departments, which are increasingly turning to the residency model to develop well-prepared, committed teachers for high-need schools and students. Participating universities are National Louis University, Roosevelt University, and Aurora

Read the full press release here.
Blending clinical experience with college coursework is critical to preparing effective, classroom-ready teachers. Learn more with our latest video series on the Residency Year Curriculum.
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