The effort is backed by a $750,000 grant from the Gates Foundation.
What's new at NCTR?
NCTR recently welcomed Keilani Goggins as associate director. Keilani has joined the strategic advising team to provide technical assistance to aspiring residencies, districts, and colleges of education that are aiming to implement elements of the residency model. Welcome, Keilani! Lambrina Kless, NCTR’s chief program officer, and Tabitha Grossman, our director of development and partnerships, are in Houston this week participating in a design meeting for the Gates Foundation’s Teacher Preparation Transformation Centers’ Community of Practice. During this two-day gathering, members will develop the community’s structure and content needs.
NCTR Launching New Programs in California
NCTR has received $750,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch and expand four teacher residencies in California to help address that state’s chronic teacher shortage. The new residencies will develop effective, classroom-ready teachers for high-need, underserved schools and districts.
“California is a national leader in using the residency model to build and strengthen teacher preparation,” said NCTR founder and CEO Anissa Listak. “State and district leaders recognize that teacher residencies better prepare teachers for high-need schools. This is a strategic way to combat the teacher shortage while also developing talent for hard-to-staff schools.”
Site selection for the new California programs is under way. Once chosen, NCTR will provide the programs with two years of training, support, consulting and guidance as they develop and grow their residencies.
For more than a decade, NCTR and our partners have been transforming how educators are prepared for America’s classrooms. Together, we have developed a comprehensive and effective technical assistance model that develops teachers who are able to improve student achievement from their first day in the classroom. The residency model also increases the diversity of teachers and reduces teacher shortages in high need areas, especially bilingual education, mathematics, science, and special education.
The three-year retention rate for graduates of NCTR’s partner residency programs is 86 percent – more than 30 percentage points higher than the rate in most urban schools. More than half of these new teachers teach hard-to-staff subjects, and in recent years as many as 52 percent of residency graduates have been teachers of color, compared to 20 percent nationally.
NCTR has deep roots in California, having assisted or supported the following residency programs: the Alder Graduate School of Education in Oakland; the Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency; Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC) Alumni Teach Project in Los Angeles; the San Francisco Teacher Residency; and five California State University system campuses: Sacramento, Turlock, Fresno, Bakersfield, and Monterey Bay.
HELP WANTED Come work with us! NCTR is seeking to hire a Director of Programs and Strategy for California. A new position with NCTR, this person will lead our efforts to build and sustain residencies in the state, providing high-quality technical assistance to emerging and existing programs. Read about and apply for the job here.
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