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NCTR’s new work with the Mississippi Department of Education to launch the nation’s first state-run residency was featured in Ed Week’s Teacher Beat blog. CEO Anissa Listak said: "It shows a really significant commitment to teacher quality from the state on down. You've got the state, to the district, to the university, on down to teachers and students in classrooms. That kind of vertical alignment between practice and policy isn't something we've seen before in this intentional way."

The Mississippi Teacher Residency was also featured in the Hechinger Report’s Mississippi Learning, which focuses on school improvement efforts in the state.

Partner Update

Tracey Pendley, a fourth-grade teacher at Burgess Peterson Academy in Atlanta is the 2020 Georgia Teacher of the Year. Tracey’s roots in the residency model run deep: she trained at the Urban Teacher Education Program at the University of Chicago, and now works as a mentor for CREATE Teacher Residency Program in Atlanta. For the past three years, Tracey has been a core instructor for CREATE residents at its Summer Resident Academy. Congratulations Tracey!

Reports

Experienced, well-credentialed teachers have a positive impact on achievement, particularly for students of color. Inexperienced, under-credentialed teachers have the opposite effect. A new report, “California’s Positive Outliers: Districts Beating the Odds,” published by the Learning Policy Institute notes that teacher residencies are an effective strategy to combat this problem.
Featured News

Residencies Featured in Presidential Campaign Platforms

Presidential candidates Julian Castro and Sen. Kamala Harris have made the residency model a key component of their education policy proposals.

Castro’s plan would be the most expansive, calling for the creation of a national teacher residency program that would fund one-year residencies to help “local students and professionals” who intend on making a life-long commitment to teaching. Castro’s “People First Education” plan calls for integrating residencies into teacher preparation programs at Minority Serving Institutions in order to support hiring and retention of teachers of color. Further, the plan prioritizes residencies for high-need, underserved communities through placement and training, and would support individuals and mentors in these programs with direct grants and stipends for up to five years.

Castro’s focus on residencies falls under the “Elevating the Profession of Teaching” portion of the plan which also includes tax credits to help boost teacher take home pay, support for unions, and school facility and infrastructure improvements.

Kamala Harris has made improving teacher pay the central idea of her education policy proposal and her platform calls out teacher and principal residencies, mentoring and induction programs for new teachers, and programs to help encourage teacher diversity. Her campaign told Ed Week that Harris would make additional funding–“billions,” perhaps–available to fund the new and expanded programs. The plan would also include a multibillion-dollar investment in evidence-based programs that elevate the teaching profession. Half of this funding would be dedicated to historically black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions.

Harris wants teachers who work in underserved communities to be paid more than other comparable professionals in their state. The goal is to reduce turnover, and to attract talented young teachers and experienced educators.
In the News
Maine is the first state to ban Native American school mascots
Bangor Daily News
Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill barring any public school or university from using Native American mascots, names and imagery.
Philanthropists Backing Away From Education Reform
The 74
A new report contends that philanthropy appears to be shifting away from the core education issues that defined the past decade.
Urban Superintendents Want More Ways To Get Teachers In Classrooms
St. Louis Public Radio
Tough certification requirements make it difficult for St. Louis schools to move teacher’s aides and other support staff into classroom positions. The St. Louis Teacher Residency is noted as a solution.
            
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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