December 16, 2020


Featured News

Remote Learning Will Keep A Strong Foothold Even When the Pandemic Ends

Twenty percent of districts and charter management organizations (CMOs) said in a recent survey that when the pandemic ends, online learning will continue. When pressed about why, district leaders noted that flexibility for students, parent demand, and addressing students’ needs were among the reasons why they were going to continue to offer online instruction in some form. While online learning has proven to be a challenge for many students, particularly students living in poverty, some students and teachers like the flexibility. The challenge going forward is ensuring that online instruction is high-quality and that access is equitable. Internet access is an ongoing concern among district superintendents. Forty percent of school superintendents surveyed indicate that internet access is a “significant challenge” for remote learning this year.

Resources and Connections

NCTR Annual Report

NCTR released its
Annual Report last week. If you have not had a chance to read it yet, please check it out.

NCTR Social Media 

NCTR now has an Instagram account and if you are not following it, please do. You can find us @NCTResidency. 

Glass Frog Solutions (Glass Frog)

As a follow-up to the brief NCTR and Glass Frog Solutions (Glass Frog) co-released, Glass Frog is dedicating an entire Podcast episode to discussing teacher residencies. Be sure to check it out. 

BEI Social Media

NCTR has launched social media accounts for our Black Educators Initiative (BEI). Please be sure to follow them to keep up the latest news on BEI as well as information on what BEI-funded residencies are doing to support Black educators. You can follow us on
Twitter @BeiNctr  on Instagram @NCTR_BEI and on

Teacher Spotlight
Teacher Spotlight honors the tremendous work of residents and mentors from our partner programs. We showcase what residents are doing to learn and grow as they prepare to become full-time teachers and the mentors who are dedicated to supporting these novice educators. Each week we will spotlight a teacher nominated from a residency program within our NCTR Network. We are excited to elevate the great teaching happening around the country to serve students, families, and communities. 

Rebecca Wolff (Resident)
Clarkson University


Rebecca is teaching in a hybrid instructional model and every day her schedule is different. She has embraced her placement and shows a commitment to her students and developing her practice. This week, her mentor (a dually certified ELA/ENL and National Board Certified Teacher) emailed me the following comments: “ I literally could not do it without her this year - remote ENL classes are proving challenging to help keep students caught up in all of their classes, so being able to lean on Rebecca to assist with that is proving invaluable.”

This is the last NCTR Eblast of the year. We will be back the week of January 4, 2021. We wish each and everyone of you a joyous, healthy holiday season. 
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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