May 13, 2020
NCTR and Partner News

Leading Equity Discussions with Graduate Fellows
Chief of Equity and Inclusion Jessica Heard was a guest speaker last week for the Harvard Graduate School of Education
ReImagining Integration: Diverse and Equitable Schools (RIDES) Project.  She met with the 2019-2020 RIDES Fellows to share reflections on leading systemic racial equity journeys, as they embark upon educational leadership roles in the upcoming school year.  Jessica drew upon her experience developing an equity framework at DC Public Schools, as well as supporting NCTR’s efforts to infuse SEL, CLSP, and DEI into teacher residencies.

Memphis Teacher Residency Virtual Visits
Potential teacher residents, and others in the community (perhaps parents of students or aspiring residents) curious about the residency model and its impact in Memphis, can attend a virtual tour of the site on May 13 or on July 30.  
Learn more about these webinars and find links to register.

Creating "Virtual Summer" Programming
NCTR’s Network Team hosted a convening on “Virtual Summer,” where partners discussed launching a new cohort and carrying on existing residency components in a virtual space.  Residencies shared strategies for orienting new residents, adjusting summer coursework, and supporting teachers who are graduating and entering the classroom in the next few months.  Materials are available on the Teacher Preparation Portal and in this week’s Noteworthy@NCTR. 

Program Spotlight: Featuring this Year's Residents and Mentors

The Chicago Public Schools Teacher Residency Program currently partners with 3 universities (National Louis University, Relay Graduate School of Education, and Roosevelt University) to increase the number of quality bilingual, diverse-learner, early-childhood, and STEM education teachers.  It is a two-year program where residents earn a Bachelor's or Master's degree along with a Professional Educator License (PEL) and an endorsement in one of the aforementioned high need content areas. 
Mentor of the Year Nominee

Jason Feriend is an incredibly supportive and positive mentor, who constantly pushes himself to remember the ebbs and flows of being a first year teacher.  He works to actively build and support collaboration among a community of residents at his school, and also works to support other mentors in his building.  He is a great role model of both instructional practices and the mindsets needed to be a great teacher.  A middle school special education teacher now in his 2nd year as a mentor, Mr. Feriend has become a program mainstay. 
Resident of the Year Nominee

Safae Dich, a middle school math teacher resident, has shown immense growth over the course of the year, and is incredibly intentional in her planning and practice.  She welcomes feedback and works to immediately implement it in a way that will be meaningful for students.  Ms. Dich regularly demonstrates dedication to her students, and the mindsets necessary to be a great teacher.  She is an exemplary apprentice, leader and peer, consistently exceeding program expectations in core values and competencies. 
Resources and Connections 
Teaching Tolerance has organized multiple resources on Affirming Black Lives Without Inducing Trauma.  Given recent events including the widespread sharing of footage documenting the violent shooting deaths of two young black men, “Educators have the responsibility to engage with their students” on these disturbing current events, but need to do so with “extra care for their mental health.” 

What a School Means is a virtual discussion hosted by Haymarket Books on Thursday, May 14, 5:00-6:30 p.m. EDT.  What are schools beyond the brick and mortar that compose them or the test scores and graduation rates that garner the most public attention?  Join writer, scholar, and cultural organizer Eve L. Ewing in conversation with Jen Johnson from the Chicago Teachers Union as they discuss what schools really mean to Americans and to African-Americans in particular.  Learn more and register for the event here
In The News
High school junior: it’s ridiculous for colleges to require SAT/ACT scores during this pandemic (Opinion)
Washington Post

An 11th grade student in Kentucky, who took the ACT college admissions exam just days before school cancelations and stay-at-home orders, opines about the unfairness of her peers having to either study for and find ways to take standardized tests in this environment, or to forgo this evaluation of their college readiness.
AP Tests Begin Online and at Home—But Not for Everyone

There are 3.4 million American students registered for 2020 Advanced Placement (AP) exams, which are usually three hours long and administered in school by The College Board.  Beginning this week and through May 22, students can take AP exams at home (or in safe, school-provided rooms socially distanced from others), but many are concerned about the equity implications of these adjustments. 
School meal programs seek relief, plan for uncertain summer
Education Dive

Increased numbers of students picking up free school meals, due to “rising levels of food insecurity among families with school-age and young children,” combined with the loss of revenue typically supported by families who pay for school lunches. 
Analysis: What Can We Learn From Districts That Responded Early to the Coronavirus Pandemic?
The 74

Explore some potential factors in how quickly and effectively public school systems and charter management organizations have taken action to ensure continued learning for students this spring.  Why were some “able to launch comprehensive remote learning plans within a few weeks, while others are just beginning to provide basic curricular resources”?
Are Teachers and Principals in Your State at High Risk for COVID-19? See Analysis

Between 8% and 45% of educators (teachers and principals, not accounting for other school personnel including paraprofessionals, food preparers, bus drivers and janitorial staff) in each state are age 55 or older, and therefore at higher risk when contracting the Coronavirus.  How will districts flex to ensure safety in the 2020-2021 school year, depending on the risk factors among their faculty?
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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