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Members of the NCTR Program Team led new and emerging residency programs through a site visit to RTR (formerly known as the Richmond Teacher Residency) last week. During the visit, programs observed classroom instruction, coaching, and seminar so they can improve the design, development, and implementation of their own residencies. Participants also contributed to roundtable discussions with residents, clinical resident coaches (mentors), graduates, career coaches (induction coaches), and school leadership. Many thanks to RTR for co-hosting this site visit with NCTR.

Tamara Azar, NCTR’s chief external relations officer, spoke with Chalkbeat’s Matt Barnum about the importance of California’s $75 million investment in teacher residencies as a strategy to address teacher shortage areas and improve teacher retention.

Partner updates

Dallas Teacher Residency co-founder Rob DeHaas argues that aspiring teachers need to ask pointed questions of preparation programs about why they do–or do not–offer clinical training and strong mentoring.


Education First is asking for Letters of Inquiry for Family Math Learning Grants. Organizations interested in implementing Family Math, an initiative to close early math opportunity gaps, can apply for grants up to $750,000 from the Family Math Roadmap Implementation Project. Family Math focuses on activities that happen outside of the classroom and within the context of family relationships, the community and everyday life. To learn more about the grants and to apply, visit this website. Deadline is Nov. 16.

Featured News

Post-Election Run Down: Effects on Education

With the election come and gone, policy wonks and education pundits are now assessing what impact, if any, the midterms will have on education policy, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and other school-related issues.

One clear consensus among education journalists and commentators was that the much-hyped #RedforEd movement – which saw nearly 200 teachers file to run for state offices – failed to have much of an impact. Ed Week compiled a database of the 177 teacher candidates, and found that only about 40 of them triumphed in their races. Here’s the database of how each of them fared.
And in states that saw teacher strikes this year and last, voters refused to raise education funding.

Articles and analysis on education ballot initiatives, important local races, and what a Democrat-controlled House means for education policy:
For those political junkies who want more and deeper analysis on the midterms, sign up for this free webcast forum hosted by the national Education Writer’s Association on Friday. Panelists include representatives from the National Education Association, the National Governors Association, and the American Enterprise Institute.
In the News
New Louisiana teachers must first complete one-year residency
The Advocate
Louisiana's top school board has approved a plan by Louisiana State University to overhaul the way teachers are trained for the classroom.
Teachers Colleges: The Weakest Link
Ed Week
Provocative ideas from Mark Tucker at Ed Week: It is not clear what our future teachers learn in their schools of education that is of any value to them when they begin teaching.
Billionaires are spending their fortunes reshaping America’s schools. It isn’t working.
The author argues that philanthropies like Gates and Walton should turn their attention to more urgent, and more fixable, problems.
Mississippi to Prepare Educators through Teacher-Residency and Performance-Based Licensure Pilot Programs
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation gives the state $4.1 million for residencies “to address the achievement gaps in high poverty, high minority schools and schools that lack a diverse teaching staff.”
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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