What's New at NCTR?

Program Director Anne Matz and Associate Director Erica Hines have been selected to present at Learning Forward's 2019 conference, in St. Louis, on Dec. 10. The session,  Building Teacher Leaders Through District-Serving Teacher Residency Programs, will explore the components and shifts made by high-performing residency programs to develop highly effective teachers and teacher leaders. See the agenda, learn more, and register for the conference here.

Funding Opportunity

The New Schools Venture Fund is accepting applications for its Diverse Leaders program, which seeks to invest up to $2 million in innovators with bold ideas to recruit, retain, and support Black and Latino leaders in education. NSVF is hosting a webinar on Aug. 14 for those interested. Read more about how you can apply for funding.
Featured News
Video Resource: The Residency Year Curriculum

An effective and well-structured residency year curriculum is one of the most important components of the residency model. From aligning residents’ clinical experience with their higher education coursework, to identifying and developing the competencies teachers need to be effective, the residency year experience is a complex, multifaceted endeavor.

We sat down with our program partners in Richmond, Dallas, and Denver to learn how they structure the residency year for their residents, and we discussed with them the key competencies that they seek to develop in new teachers. This month, NCTR is featuring three new videos on the residency year experience:
  1. The key components of an effective residency year curriculum
  2. The competencies that residencies seek to develop in their resident teachers
  3. How the clinical experience is best integrated with their college coursework
You can access the videos through the Resources for New and Existing Residencies page on our website. Look for the "Video Library" drop down menus. They’re also available for viewing and sharing on our YouTube channel. A user’s guide highlights the main idea of each video series and suggested audiences for the key messages.

The resource library was funded through NCTR’s 2015 Supporting Effective Educator Development grant from the U.S. Department of Education. These videos are made available to members of the NCTR Network and other educators and advocates as part of our commitment to support a high quality network of teacher residencies and to share best practices and lessons learned with the teacher preparation field.

This is the seventh and final installment of our video series. Past installments can be viewed on our YouTube channel.
In the News
Chicago Opportunity School program increases one-year teacher retention to 67%
Education Dive
Chicago Opportunity Schools used mentoring, targeted professional development and coaching with new teachers. Their retention rate shot up 19% since 2016-17.
I'm a Black Teacher Who Works for a Black Principal. It's Been a Game Changer
Ed Week
In this first-person essay, a teacher describes the difference he sees in schools that are led by diverse leaders. “For the first time in my career, I feel empowered.”
How Do We Bring Magic Into the Classroom? Georgia’s New Teacher of the Year Shows the Way
Education Post
Georgia’s top teacher credits her success in the classroom to her residency experience at the University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program. “The program also had—and continues to have—a strong commitment to education through an equity lens, which is how I approach all of my instruction.”
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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