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This is the last E-Blast of 2019. On behalf of the entire NCTR team, thank you for your partnership this past year. Together we are transforming teacher preparation. We will return to your inboxes on Jan. 8. NCTR’s offices will close Dec. 24 and re-open Jan. 2. Until then, Happy Holidays!

Partner Update

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative recently announced nearly $7 million in grants to programs and initiatives that are identifying, developing, and supporting diverse education leaders. Congratulations to NCTR partner Alder Graduate School of Education, which received $1.65 million to redesign its education preparation program in an effort to increase the “pipeline of diverse teachers and leaders who are designing and delivering equity-informed practices anchored in the science of learning and human development.” You can read the press release here.
Featured News

New Funding Plan Includes Boosts for SEED and TQP

Federal lawmakers have agreed on a 2020 appropriations bill that would provide nearly $73 billion for the Education Department, a record high for the agency. The bill, which still must be approved by the Senate and signed by the president, includes increases to the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) and Teacher Quality Partnerships (TQP) grant programs–important funding sources for the residency movement.

The 2020 appropriations bill would provide:
  • $80 million for SEED, a $5-million increase. The bill prioritizes teacher professional development and pathways into teaching that provide a strong foundation in child development and learning, including skills for implementing SEL strategies.
  • $50 million for TQP, an increase of $7 million above 2019 levels. (The President’s budget request had proposed the elimination of this program.)
In previous years, SEED and TQP have supported the development and training of approximately 12,000 teachers and 1,300 principals. SEED provides funding to increase the number of highly effective educators by supporting the implementation of evidence-based preparation, development, or enhancement opportunities for educators. TQP provides funding to teacher preparation programs to improve undergraduate pre-service and school leader programs, or to develop master’s-level teaching residencies.

Over the last two years, at least seven NCTR partner programs have been awarded funding through these programs. In 2018, nearly 40 percent of the programs’ funding went to either teacher residency programs or projects with strong clinical preparation components.

The bill would also allocate $16.3 billion for Title I, an increase of approximately $450 million. Historically Black Colleges and Universities would receive $325 million, an increase of $42 million. Hispanic Serving Institutions would receive $143 million, an increase of $19 million.

The House passed the bill this week. It awaits approval in the Senate, and the president’s signature. That needs to happen by Dec. 21 in order to avoid a government shutdown.
In the News
The Teaching Profession in 2019 (in Charts)
EdWeek
A roundup of some of 2019’s most significant findings related to teachers, presented in charts and graphics.
When Done Right, Mergers Can Improve Student Outcomes and Save Schools Money
The 74
This piece by Linda Bankert, an NCTR board member, lays out four lessons from nearly a dozen recent mergers of schools, nonprofits and education organizations.
Seven Candidates. One Issue. Democratic candidates talk education
NBC News
In a six-hour public forum, each candidate fielded questions about K-12, early childhood and higher education from the moderators and members of the audience. Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden supported paying teachers for mentoring those new to the profession. EdWeek has a recap.
           
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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