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NCTR staff came together last week to recognize and discuss Latinx Heritage Month, and to share our perspectives on the Latinx populations we serve. Among the topics we discussed were the beliefs we bring to our work, and how we can stand in solidarity with Latinx students and communities. 
On Oct. 8th, network partners convened for NCTR's virtual Recruitment Roundtable. Participants had an opportunity to share updates on their recruitment targets and strategies, and to hear from NCTR staff regarding new research on promising practices associated with recruiting teachers of color.

Partner update

Two of NCTR’s residency partners have been awarded federal Teacher Quality Partnership Grants to support their programs. California State University, Monterey Bay will receive $4.8 million over five years to fund a teacher preparation program and scholarships for students looking to become teachers with school districts in Monterey County. The Jacksonville Teacher Residency and the University of North Florida’s College of Education and Human Services will receive $1.6 million to support collaboration with Duval County Public Schools and a network of high-need elementary and secondary schools. Congratulations to both our partners!

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NCTR is hiring for a Manager of Research and Data to support the collection, analysis, and reporting of data to demonstrate the effectiveness of the teacher residency model and advance the residency movement. Read the full job description and details on how to apply.
Featured News

What’s the value of a teacher coach?

Nearly half of new teachers leave the classroom within their first five years of teaching. Beyond the obvious impact such turnover has on student achievement and a school’s culture, all that churn costs districts money–as much as $1.2-million annually for an average district, according to some researchers.

The impact–both financial and academic–in large and urban districts is greater, as they employ more new and inexperienced teachers than wealthier, suburban schools. 

Stopping this revolving door is a top concern for district leaders who see professional mentoring and coaching as an important part of new teacher induction. Pre-service mentoring and coaching is foundational to the residency model, and researchers are also examining its impact in broader contexts. One such program is the New Teacher Center’s professional learning and coaching program.

A recent study of the New Teacher Center’s coaching looked at the “return” provided to districts that had implemented the model. NTC researchers wanted to assess the economic impact professional coaching could have on students, districts and communities. The report, “Counting the Cost,” yielded four major “returns” for students and participating districts:
  1. Teacher retention rates improved 11 percentage points in one year among teachers in the NTC-supported group, and their students benefited by showing five months of additional learning in math and ELA compared to students of the control-group; 
  2. That additional learning could result in up to $38,000 in additional lifetime earnings for each student, on average;
  3. Increased earnings could yield more robust tax receipts, meaning communities could recoup $2.43 for every $1 they invest in teacher coaching; and
  4. Over five years, NTC’s coaching system could save a typical district 22 percent in turnover-related costs, or roughly $1 million over that time frame.
While the future earnings and estimate of tax receipts are hypothetical and rely on research that was not conducted in conjunction with this report, the results of “Counting the Cost” provide interesting food for thought on the potential economic benefits of this important aspect of the residency model–professional coaching. 

The report will be featured in an upcoming webinar with Ed Week that will include our residency partners from the Chicago Public Schools. You can register here.


The Sanford Teacher Award is accepting nominations for its 2020 prize. They are looking for teachers who continuously improve their practice and create interesting learning opportunities for their students; who build rapport by understanding their students' backgrounds; who use assessments to improve their understanding of students; and who give students confidence and voice. Nominations can be made here.  One winner will be chosen from each state and will receive $10,000. One grand prize winner will receive $50,000.
In the News
I had a teacher who looked like me
Texas Tribune
A Dallas teacher’s personal account of what it meant to have Black teachers, and how that perspective informs and shapes her practice today.
What if trying isn’t enough?
Washington Post
Shaker Heights, Ohio, has been tackling race for 60 years, but putting kids of different races into the same building isn’t the same as producing equal outcomes.
There are 100,000 teachers in Missouri and Kansas. How come only 1% are black men?
Kansas City Star
Charles King of the Kansas City Teacher Residency is featured in this story about the dearth of Black male teachers in Missouri and Kansas.
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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