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Jill Pitner, Erica Hines, and Shannon Black recently presented at the New York City Department of Education’s Teacher Recruitment and Quality University Partner Breakfast. NCTR is helping to coordinate a new Community of Practice that will include the district and its higher education partners. They’ll meet regularly to design the arc of learning for the city’s teacher candidates. More than 20 universities attended the event.

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iNACOL has published a new issue brief, “Developing a Modern Teacher Workforce.” The brief makes several federal policy recommendations for ensuring that teacher preparation aligns with 21st-century student and workforce needs. The brief suggests ways that federal policy can expand access to teacher preparation programs, create incentives to expand and diversify the profession, and better support quality preparation pathways.

A new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that colleges of education may not be the “cash cows” that many assume them to be. The paper finds that teacher preparation programs have among the lowest class sizes and highest instructional costs in higher education.
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Essential Polices and Practices for Grow Your Own Teacher Programs
 
New America Foundation has released a set of “Essential Policies and Practices” for states looking to establish “Grow Your Own” teacher programs for bilingual educators. The paper is the result of three years of researching the role these programs could play in stemming bilingual teacher shortages. The recommendations pay particular attention to how policymakers can better help bilingual aides and paraeducators can become teachers.

Teacher residencies and NCTR’s Standards for Effective Teacher Residencies align with New America’s vision for effective “Grow Your Own” programs: a partnership between educator preparation programs, school districts, and community organizations to recruit and prepare community members to teach in their communities. Residencies are often used as a grow your own strategy to advance similar goals.  

New America suggests policies that:
  • Allocate funding to develop and sustain “Grow Your Own”  programs
  • Create data systems to track recruitment, completion, job placement, and retention
  • Develop program evaluations to gauge impact on local workforce needs
  • Change teacher certification and licensure systems to offer multiple approaches to measuring educator skills and competencies
  • Expand program accessibility for candidates with and without bachelor’s degrees through different program models
When it comes to implementing specific practices that will help ensure the success of these programs, the foundation makes several recommendations that are at the heart of the residency model:
  • Strong collaboration and coordination across school districts, educator preparation providers, and community organizations
  • Recruitment of linguistically and culturally diverse candidates who are both reflective of and responsive to the needs of the local community
  • Wraparound supports for candidates through the recruitment, preparation, and induction years, such as the cohort model
  • Paid work-based experience under the guidance of a mentor teacher that aligns with educator preparation coursework
Last year, NCTR helped launch a new bilingual residency in Chicago between the Chicago Public Schools and National Louis University. That program is expected to develop up to 50 bilingual teachers per year for Chicago Public Schools.
In the News
Preparing North Carolina’s teachers
EdNC
In North Carolina the pivot toward clinical practice has occurred against a backdrop of a teacher pipeline squeeze.
Sen. Kamala Harris releases details on her education plan
Vox
In addition to big pay raises, teacher and principal residencies are front-and-center.
Only 7 Black Students Got Into Stuyvesant, N.Y.’s Most Selective High School
The New York Times
Advocates and the mayor are outraged at the numbers. Admission is based on a single, high-stakes test, and changing that seems unlikely.
Having a good pipeline of strong resident candidates is crucial to the long-term growth of a residency program. In our new video, successful programs talk about strategies for building candidate pipelines.
            
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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