April 2, 2020
What's New at NCTR?

In this week’s E-blast, NCTR has compiled resources to help explain the implications of the CARES Act on K-12 and higher education. “In The News” features articles addressing the implications for teacher preparation and certification when schools close.  Also, later today NCTR is launching the Resource Library on the Teacher Preparation Portal.  The library will be populated with these resources and more, for NCTR clients to access at any time.  
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ED Centro is a new web portal of resources for navigating the COVID-19 crisis. Created by Latinos for Education, this site provides educators and advocates with tools especially useful in reaching LatinX young people. Content accessible via ED Centro account includes Spanish-language curriculum, resources for undocumented immigrant students and families, and more.
Featured News

The COVID-19 Relief Bill (CARES Act) and Education 

On March 27, the House of Representatives passed the largest ever single-bill emergency stimulus funding package in our nation’s history, called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. President Trump signed the bill into law on Friday.

National Public Radio’s visual representation of how the $2 trillion will be allocated shows Education relief lumped in with “Other” for an estimated $43.7 billion. Kelsey Snell’s NPR story identifies the bill’s support to student loan borrowers, to college students forced to drop out before year’s end, and to work study programs. (Legal descriptions of the Student Loan provisions in the CARES Act, including the suspension of collecting payments through September 2020, are outlined by the National Law Review.)

NCTR has compiled a set of resources with specific explanations of how the CARES Act impacts students and teachers:
  • Laura Waters at Education Post distills the CARES Act’s K-12 education implications, including related funding for SNAP and Child Nutrition Programs benefits, in a helpful Q&A blog.
  • The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) summarizes education-related measures included in the CARES Act, including the $30.75 billion granted to Governors through the Education Stabilization Fund and an extra $3 billion in the Governors Emergency Education Relief Fund, in a two-page publication.
  • Jane West for AACTE’s EdPrepMatters blog outlines the legislation’s intended outcomes for higher education and K-12, including new waiver authority under The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 
  • An EdWeek blog by Andrew Ujifusa also describes the new waivers for which states and Native American tribes can apply, and an appeal to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos for a freeze on mandatory state testing and other accountability measures, such as those mandated for achievement schools.

In the News

Student teachers in limbo during school shutdowns. Here's how states can help.

This blog shares examples of state moves to create flexibility for teacher preparation programs, and features resources from the Southern Regional Education Board and US Prep on addressing requirements for student teaching and licensure. 

State Policy Flexibilities in Response to COVID-19: Avoid Failing the Next Cohort of New Teachers
Southern Regional Education Board

SREB has developed recommendations for state leaders to address the complications of student teachers completing preparation programs, to ensure candidates can graduate and become licensed. This brief includes “immediate and longer-term recommendations to prevent pandemic closures from escalating the teacher shortage crisis.”  

SC's teachers-in-training can graduate, thanks to student teaching waiver
Charleston Post and Courier

To avoid exacerbating the current teacher shortage, and requiring college students of education to enroll in another semester to be certified to teach, South Carolina’s State Board of Education passed a waiver to allow student teachers to graduate with fewer hours spent in K-12 schools, given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Technology Bolsters On-Demand Teacher Training

Opportunities created through this crisis are especially prevalent for educators looking to deepen their learning through technology, and then promptly use those new skills with students. This article outlines tips for preparing a virtual classroom, and conducting virtual observations of these learning environments, too.

Please note that the articles and events in the NCTR E-Blast do not reflect the opinions of our organization, but rather represent information that we believe will be relevant to you and your programs.

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