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NCTR is proud to have collaborated with the Council of Chief State School Officers on “A Vision and Guidance for a Diverse and Learner-Ready Teacher Workforce,” an important new resource on creating a more diverse teacher workforce. This report is a call to action by state chiefs, and leaders from educator preparation providers, local education agencies, legislatures, unions, and civic and community groups.
Partner updates

As school districts face continued teacher shortages NCTR is collaborating with districts and teacher preparation providers to find solutions. Our work, and that of many of our partners, is highlighted in this year’s 100Kin10 Trends Report. In a separate op-ed, 100kin10 founder (and NCTR board member) Talia Milgrom-Elcott notes that “teacher residencies have consistently prepared teachers for shortage areas who remain in the classroom long past the national average.”
 



In both words and video, the Chicago Tribune chronicled the experiences of a new graduate of the Urban Teacher Education Program in a deep-dive look at black male educators in Chicago, and what that means for the city’s students. In Chicago Public Schools, only about 1 percent of teachers are black men when nearly 40 percent of students are African American.

Featured News
NCTR board elects two new members

NCTR is pleased to announce that Travis J. Bristol and Corey Scholes have been elected to our Board of Directors. Bristol is an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Scholes is a director of education for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City.

Bristol and Scholes bring to the board deep expertise on new teacher training and development, teacher recruitment, and equity and diversity in public education.

“We are thrilled to have Travis and Corey join our board,” said Anissa Listak, NCTR’s founder and CEO. “Travis is one of the country’s foremost experts on how we can better recruit, support and retain teachers of color, and Corey’s experience in building robust talent pipelines for Kansas City, including the Kansas City Teacher Residency, will be invaluable to NCTR and our partner programs.”

Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Bristol was a Peter Paul Assistant Professor at Boston University. Bristol began his career in education as an English teacher in New York City public schools before becoming a clinical teacher educator with the Boston Teacher Residency program. Bristol’s current research focuses on three areas: How district and school-based practices support teachers of color; how national, state, and local education policies affect workplace experiences and retention for teachers of color; and the intersection of race and gender in schools.

At the Kauffman Foundation, Scholes advises on strategic education program initiatives. She helped start the Ewing Marion Kauffman School, a public charter school, where she served as interim CEO during the school’s launch. She has also developed and executed the foundation’s strategy around attracting, developing and retaining talent among Kansas City schools. Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Scholes was a school designer for Expeditionary Learning in New York, and taught graduate-level courses for the University of Missouri-Kansas City Department of Education. Earlier,

Read the full news release.
Travis Bristol (left) and Corey Scholes (right).
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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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