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April 22, 2020
NCTR and Partner News

Oakland Teacher Residency released a new promotional video highlighting the program’s opportunity to help people in the community start careers as Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Special Education teachers.


AppleTreeAssociate Program Director Kelly Riling presented during a DC Public Charter School Board webinar last week, sharing some of the challenges and early solutions residency programs are well-suited to put in place to address disruptions related to COVID-19. Kelly’s segment of the session featured AppleTree Early Learning Teacher Residency residents Kadeja Rowe and Aria Jones as co-presenters. Review Kelly's slides here. Relatedly, AppleTree is offering many resources for early childhood educators to optimize distance learning throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

Program Spotlight: Featuring this Year's Residents and Mentors

Clarkson's 30 year-old Master of Arts in Teaching has at its heart a yearlong residency supported by our faculty and mentors in our P-12 partner schools. Based on the standards of National Board, our most novice colleagues are inducted into the profession with intention and expertise. The result? 100% job placement and a five-year, 96% alumni retention rate.
Mentor of the Year Nominee

Sophia Hsia teaches Mandarin at Tech Valley High School in Albany, NY and is an alumna of the Clarkson University MAT program. She has mentored more than six residents, all of whom are now teaching around the country. Sophia fully engages her residents in the professional life of a teacher with her side-by-side classroom mentoring. Her residents' understanding of language teaching encompasses the school's mission to teach collaboration and innovation through a project-based, trans-disciplinary curriculum. Not only do her residents learn how to teach Chinese, they do so with a team of co-teachers dedicated to their students' success.
Resident of the Year Nominee

Clarkson celebrates the hard work of Tatiana Johnson. Tatiana will complete her full-year paid residency in 7th grade social studies in the Schenectady City School District this June. Everyday, Tatiana enters the classroom to learn to be a better teacher. She embraces feedback and implements constructive criticism in lesson design, teaching, and classroom management. She is respected by her students, colleagues, and peers for showing them they are valued for being honest, for eliciting their best, and for giving her best to them by taking good teaching risks. Tatiana uses her insights to continually grow and excel as a teacher.
Resources and Connections 

Instructional Coaching Group is hosting a weekly series of coaching conversations with education experts via Facebook Live. This Thursday, 4/23 at at 2pm PDT/4pm CDT/5pm EDT, Jim Knight will chat with Michael Fullan on Understanding Change in the Time of COVID-19. Future guests in this series include Zaretta Hammond, Michael Bungay Stanier, and Joellen Killian.
 
The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, founded by actress Taraji P. Henson, will offer free virtual therapy services to communities of color grappling with the mental health effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. Individuals in need can register for up to five free teletherapy sessions with culturally competent clinicians. The campaign aims to provide this essential service to ``individuals and families experiencing a life-changing event(s) related to or triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic."

Instruction Partners has launched a free School Resource Hub with “grab and go” curriculum including subject-based models and tools, how-to videos, and more technical supports for distance learning and recovery.
 
In The News
Teacher Candidates Will Soon Be Able to Take the Praxis Certification At Home
EdWeek

States are taking steps to ensure preservice teachers will be able to enter the workforce when schools reopen, from extending submission deadlines for the edTPA performance-based assessment, to extending provisional licenses until educators can safely take exams. ETS will begin offering Praxis at Home and proctoring the exam at other secure locations. 
Students will go back to school eventually. Here are 5 concrete ideas to help them catch up, readjust
Chalkbeat

Extending instructional time (in the day and/or school year) to prevent backslide, and bolstering both academic and mental health supports for students, might ease the transition back into face-to-face learning when schools reopen. Other research-based ideas are presented here. 
Student teaching and initial licensure in the time of coronavirus
NCTQ


This blog post surveys student teaching and other educator licensure requirements affected by school closures this spring, and poses recommendations for emergency licensure (already adopted by some states) as well as extra measures to support incoming and/or novice teachers (re)entering school systems after this pandemic.
Teachers Could Retire in Droves by the Time Schools Reopen
Hechinger Report


Lessons from Gulf States post-Hurricane Katrina indicate that the pool of experienced educators ready to go back to schools after the Coronavirus pandemic might shrink, due to added pressures put on teachers in financially strapped systems. Additional veteran teachers might retire due to health concerns about returning to schools before there is a vaccine for the virus.  
           
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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