What's New at NCTR?

Jessica Grady Heard has joined NCTR as our first Chief of Equity and Inclusion. In this position, Jessica will oversee a new initiative to attract, develop, and empower black teacher residents. In addition, she will work across the NCTR team to fully develop our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and ensure we are capitalizing on this new investment in teacher residencies and black educators. Jessica comes to NCTR from District of Columbia Public Schools, where she was the district’s Deputy Chief of Equity. Welcome Jessica!

Partner Updates

Kern Urban Teacher Residency will receive the 2019 American Association of State Colleges and Universities' Excellence and Innovation Award for Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education. The award recognizes programs that have done an exemplary job of using evidence of their graduates’ impact on student learning to inform improvements to their pre-service preparation and professional development programs. 

The Mississippi Department of Education has awarded $1.7 million to three university partners for the new Mississippi Teacher Residency Program. Delta State University, Mississippi State University – Meridian, and William Carey University will prepare and support 140 effective new teachers for four high-need school districts. This is the nation’s first state-run teacher residency program. 

The San Francisco Teacher Residency was one of seven teacher preparation programs examined by the Learning Policy Institute as part of its Preparing Teachers for Deeper Learning project. Read the case study here. The effort sought to explore how leading programs are creating ways to prepare teachers for deeper learning and equity and to understand the policies needed to transform teacher education system-wide.
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Suggested Summer Readings

With the dog days of summer upon us, we’re always on the lookout for interesting reads for the lake, the beach, the cabin, or the patio. To help round out your summer reading list, the NCTR staff suggests a selection of books and articles, curated from what we’re reading and talking about. 

In the News
Governors in 22 states have proposed teacher pay raises
Education Dive
Increases range from 2 percent in Delaware to 20 percent over two years in Arizona. Teachers in at least 15 states have seen pay increases kick in already.
How student debt hinders teacher diversity
The Washington Post
NCTR program partner Boston Teacher Residency is cited as a “model to replicate” in this piece about barriers that keep people of color out of the teaching profession.
When Public School Starts at Age 3
The New York Times
NCTR program partner AppleTree Early Learning Teacher Residency is featured in this opinion piece about Washington, D.C.’s system for early childhood education and the lessons it may hold for cities around the country.
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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