NCTR has received $350k from the Joyce Foundation to assist in the development of three Chicago-area programs.
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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 University.
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