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A Community of Practice is a great way to share, learn, and collaborate with colleagues and partners to continuously improve teacher preparation. Our communities of practice work to address needs and issues that are specific to their local context, such as thinking differently about coursework for teacher candidates or how to work collaboratively to launch a residency. This programming year, NCTR is leading communities of practice in Illinois, New York City, and Saint Paul, Minn. 

There will be no E-Blast next week, as NCTR’s offices will be closed for the holiday. We would like to wish everyone in our Network a Happy Thanksgiving!

Partner update

The Seattle Teacher Residency recently launched a new website. Check it out!
Featured News

Catch up on four must-read reports for your holiday break

NCTR works to bring you important news and research in our weekly newsletter, and we know it can be hard to keep up with all the links. This week, we offer four relevant reports, curated from recent E-Blasts: 
  1. Chicago’s Bilingual Teacher Residency: A Partnership to Strengthen the Teacher Pipeline” examines how the Chicago Public Schools, National Louis University and NCTR teamed up to launch the city’s first bilingual teacher residency to recruit and develop educators for elementary schools and early childhood centers. The paper features interviews with staff from NCTR, Chicago schools, and National Louis. (New America) 
  2. If You Listen, We Will Stay: Why Teachers of Color Leave and How to Disrupt Teacher Turnover” explores why teachers of color leave, what they believe would help solve the turnover problem, and what successful strategies exist that are bringing about change. The report notes five key challenges that contribute to high rates of turnover among teachers of color: An antagonistic school culture; feeling undervalued; too little autonomy; unfavorable working conditions; and the “high cost” of being a teacher of color. (Teach Plus and Ed Trust) 
  3. California’s Positive Outliers: Districts Beating the Odds” finds that “substandard” teacher credentials such as emergency permits, waivers and intern credentials are “significantly and negatively” correlated with student achievement. Researchers looked for districts that were excelling with students of color and found that teacher qualifications were the most significant school-related predictors of student achievement. A deeper look at those “positive outliers” followed. (Learning Policy Institute)
  4. Counting the Cost,” a study of the New Teacher Center’s coaching model, looked at the “return” provided to districts that had implemented the program. The report attempts to assess the economic impact professional coaching could have on students, districts and communities. The report yielded four major “returns” for students and participating districts that included improved teacher retention, additional student learning, and increased lifetime earnings for affected students.
In the News
Flint’s Children Suffer in Class After Years of Drinking the Lead-Poisoned Water
The New York Times
Neurological and behavioral problems that many fear are linked to the city’s contaminated drinking water are threatening to overwhelm schools.
Why Austin school closures disproportionately affect Black, Latino students
Austin American-Statesman
Several schools scheduled for closure serve black and Latino communities. Families believe the district has failed to acknowledge institutionally racist practices that have contributed to its decision.
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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