NCTR Impact
Monthly news and insights supporting equity in teacher preparation and celebrating our NCTR partnerships
June 2022
A Letter from BEI Director Keilani Goggins

NCTR is excited to announce the release of our 2020-2021 Black Educators Initiative (BEI) Annual Report (see below), which shows that even against a backdrop of COVID-19 and societal and civil unrest, BEI grantees are successfully recruiting, preparing, and supporting Black teachers, as well as positively impacting entire school communities. That the BEI is able to make this claim is a testament to the resilience of our residency program partners, mentors, residents and other stakeholders.

In Year 2 of the five-year effort, NCTR granted $3.7 million in funding to 14 network programs, with $800,000 awarded directly in scholarships to Black residents, and enrolled 251 teacher residents. Because of this investment, Year 1 grantees saw larger numbers of applications and enrolled larger numbers of Black residents in the second year of the initiative. Given the national trend of declining enrollment in teacher preparation programs, this is notable. Read More 

Featured Story
The BEI Difference: 2020-2021 Annual Report
Launched in 2019, NCTR's Black Educators Initiative (BEI) has shown success in improving student outcomes by increasing student access to effective, Black teachers. The BEI Difference: 2020-2021 BEI Annual Report shares the data and testimonials from BEI grantees that speak to the national exigency of Black educators and the impact BEI and its grantees have contributed toward the teacher residency movement.

BEI represents an exciting development in transforming the teaching profession, supporting the aspiring teachers that students need, and improving the experiences of Black educators. Please take a moment to view our 2020-2021 annual report and see the BEI difference for yourself.

Download our 2020-2021 BEI Annual Report
Teacher Residencies In Action
CT-TRP receives grant to support expansion and special education curriculum

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) visits students and the Connecticut Teacher Residency program (CT-TRP) Mentor Holly Stanley, along with residents at Ridge HIll Elementary School in Hamden. Photo provided by the Connecticut Teacher Residency. 

The Connecticut Teacher Residency Program (CT-TRP) received $275,000 in federal funding for its program from U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to continue its mission of inspiring future educators to join the teaching profession and diversifying the teaching staff across Connecticut. A Network partner and a BEI grantee, CT-TRP is managed by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) in partnership with the Regional Educational Service Centers (RESC) Alliance and serves 23 school districts across the state.

The teacher residency program had 27 residents this year, a 200% increase from the previous year, and 98% of CT-TRP’s residents identify as a person of color. The funding will allow the program to continue expanding statewide, including increasing resources and program evaluation efforts, and develop a special education curriculum that remains free of cost for participants. Watch a Video
Community Funded Project Grant Awarded to CREATE 65
The CREATE 65 (Collaborative Residency for Achievement and Equity) Teacher Residency Program recently received a $600,000 federal Community Funded Project grant with the help of U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky’s (D-IL 9th District) office. CREATE 65 is a partnership that the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 has with Northwestern University and National Louis University. The program prepares aspiring, diverse teachers through a yearlong, intensive teacher preparation program that puts teacher residents in classrooms with students four days a week to learn the craft of instruction under the guidance of an experienced D65 educator, while they are completing their master’s level coursework.

Each graduate of the program is guaranteed a job in District 65 which they commit to for at least four years. The program was developed and launched through a planning grant provided by ISBE in October 2020. The Community Funded Project grant will fund an additional year of the residency program. Read More
Advancing the Movement
NCTR Collaborates with MDE to Diversify and Expand the Teacher Pipeline in Mississippi
The National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR) and the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) are working together to increase educator effectiveness and diversity by expanding the number of teacher residency programs available in Mississippi.

Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NCTR and MDE will analyze and document efforts to prepare diverse, effective and culturally responsive educators in geographical critical shortage areas in Mississippi, including areas serving low-income families, Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) students as well as students with disabilities who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is also supporting the development of five new teacher residency programs in Mississippi. Read More
Collaborating to Determine the National Definition of a Teacher Residency
The National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR) is a member of the Pathways Alliance, a coalition of education organizations focused on diverse, inclusive and robust teacher preparation. As a member, we are co-leading a working group to create a national definition for teacher residencies. We feel privileged to have joined several organizations as part of the working group defining residencies: AACTE; Bank Street; Learning Policy Institute; Marshall Teacher Residency; TX Region 4 Education Service Center; and the Opportunity Culture. Read More
Network Noteworthy

NCTR's 2022-2023 Network Programming

NCTR's Program Team is excited to present its programming for 2022-2023! You can view the FY23 Network Programming Overview for more information. 

If you are currently a Network partner, contracts will be sent to you soon, and if you have any questions, please contact your coach.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Network partner, please contact our Chief Growth Officer Jill Pitner at


Save The Date - NCTR Symposium 2022
September 14-16, 2022

More details to follow for Network partners in a separate email.
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