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The E-blast will be published every other week during July, with no issue next week due to the July 4 holiday. We will resume our weekly publishing schedule July 24.

Funding opportunity

NewSchools Venture Fund and the Walton Family Foundation are launching a $3.5 million funding opportunity to diversify the teaching profession. The project is accepting applications through July 22 and seeks “bold ideas focused on recruiting, retaining and supporting Black, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander and Native American/Alaskan Native teachers.”


An annual international survey of educators indicates that the vast majority of U.S. teachers are satisfied with their jobs. The 90 percent approval from U.S. teachers tops that of Japan (82 percent), England and the United Kingdom (77 percent), and France (85 percent). The survey also noted that U.S. teachers in grades 7-9 typically work more hours total per week (46 vs. 38) and spend more hours in the classroom (28 vs. 20) than do educators in other countries. The Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) is conducted each year by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates the suicide rate for teens ages 15 to 19 is at its highest point in 20 years, and that suicide is now the second-leading cause of death for that age group. The rise is attributed to increased use of social media, anxiety and depression.

A new working paper on school segregation in the south estimates that school integration in the 1960’s led to a 32 percent reduction in the number of black teachers in the region. As schools integrated, black educators either moved to other parts of the country or they stayed and entered “lower skill occupations.” Southern school districts, in turn, increased their recruitment of white teachers, especially less experienced white teachers, the authors found.
Featured News
New York City comptroller calls for citywide teacher residency

Scott Stringer, New York City’s comptroller and a mayoral hopeful, has proposed a citywide residency program to help stem the city’s “teacher retention crisis.” The initiative would cost $40 million and produce 1,000 teachers a year for the nation’s largest public school system.

Stringer’s report, “Teacher Residencies: Supporting the Next Generation of Teachers and Students,” said the proposal would amount to “the largest (residency) in the U.S. and send a signal that bold investment in education is required to support quality instruction in all classrooms.”

The report outlines a NYC residency program with many components that follow NCTR’s Standards for Effective Residencies, including a year-long training alongside an accomplished mentor; an annual $30,000 stipend for residents; and a tightly aligned partnership between the district and colleges of education.

The report cites NCTR partner programs in Denver, Boston, and New York City as evidence that the residency model is better at preparing teachers for the rigors of the classroom while also diversifying the profession. In New York City, 70 percent of students are people of color while 60 percent of their teachers are white.

In making the case for the citywide residency, the report paints a bleak picture of teacher recruitment, retention and attrition in city schools. According to the report, 41 percent of city teachers hired during the 2012-13 school year left the system during their first five years on the job. Among city teachers with fewer than five years of experience, annual turnover is just under 20 percent.

The report notes that if fully implemented the residency would yield “significant savings” as teacher retention increases and instructional quality improves. “These long-term impacts go beyond simply improving the pipeline of effective teachers in the City, and represent a larger investment in education, in communities, and building a more sustainable City for all New Yorkers,” the report concludes.
In the News
Thousands of 'transborder' students commute to American colleges from Mexico every day
Pacific Standard
Many students stay in Mexico because it's cheaper to live there, while others moved near the border after their parents were deported. Some started crossing in elementary school.
Houston has a bold vision for helping students outside the classroom
The Houston Chronicle
The district plans to hire 300 full-time staffers to work solely with children on their social and emotional well-being.
What state legislatures tackled in their 2019 sessions
Education Dive
Improving preparation and professional development, and increasing standards for teacher recruitment were among the most thorny education issues that state legislatures took on this year.
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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