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Founder and CEO Anissa Listak was quoted in the Walton Family Foundation’s announcement of $1.8 million in grants to colleges of education focused on recruiting, training and increasing the diversity of future teachers through residency programs. Walton’s announcement quotes Anissa saying, “Teacher residencies are a proven strategy for diversifying the teaching profession. Last year, 55 percent of the residents training at our partner programs were people of color. Policymakers recognize the residency model as an effective way to develop and retain great teachers of color for high-need schools."  

Reports

The Learning Policy Institute is out with a new report examining the issue of turnover among principals. The report finds five factors that contribute to high turnover: Inadequate preparation and professional development, poor working conditions, low pay, lack of decision-making authority, and high-stakes accountability policies. The report notes that “better-prepared principals, including those who have had internships and/or mentors, are less stressed and stay longer, even if they are in high-need schools.”

Grant Opportunity

The Department of Education is accepting new applications for 2019 Teacher Quality Partnership grants to fund teacher residency programs. This new round will prioritize applications from partnerships that prepare educators “to deliver rigorous instruction in computer science and improve student achievement.” Between 15 and 20 grants will be given, ranging from $500,000 to $1 million. The deadline to apply is May 20, although the agency “strongly recommends” submitting a notice of intent to apply before May 3.
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Announcing the 2019 Resident of the Year Nominees

Last spring, NCTR gave its inaugural Resident of the Year award to celebrate the hard work, diligence and enthusiasm of residents who are training with one of our Network partners. This year we will again be selecting a Resident of the Year from nominations received from program directors.

This year, NCTR received nominations from 22 programs. Nominations were based on the resident’s commitment to student growth and learning, their effectiveness as new teachers, and the qualities that make them a good colleague and peer within their cohort. You can read about all the nominees and learn more about their achievements on our website. NCTR will announce the 2019 Resident of the Year winner during our annual Symposium, May 14-16.

New this year, NCTR will also name a Mentor of the Year. We will announce the nominees for that award in next week’s E-blast.
Mentors need certain skills and dispositions in order to be effective coaches of young teachers. In our latest video series, successful residencies talk about what they look for when recruiting and developing mentor candidates.
In the News
Minnesota schools struggle with widening racial gap between students and teachers
Star-Tribune
As the student population becomes more racially diverse across Minnesota, the number of teachers of color is not keeping pace.
Graduate Teaching Program To Open In Indianapolis
WFYI
The Indiana State Board of Education voted to allow Relay Graduate School of Education to open a teacher residency program in Indianapolis.
How do states' ESSA plans rate in promoting equity?
The National Urban League
Nine states earn an "excellent" for incorporating equity into their ESSA plans, while 20 are deemed "sufficient." Eight are graded "poor."
            
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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