April 30, 2020
NCTR and Partner News

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation featured The Mississippi Teacher Residency (MTR) on its Education blog, praising the program’s dual pursuits of diversifying and strengthening the educator workforce in Mississippi by pairing teacher candidates with high-quality mentors. The Mississippi Department of Education also showed support for the MTR on both Twitter and Facebook.

Program Spotlight: Featuring this Year's Residents and Mentors

The Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC) Teacher Residency program prepares exceptional educators through a year-long residency program complete with frequent and supportive coaching opportunities and responsive and rigorous seminar coursework. The PEBC Teacher Residency is a statewide program, offered in partnership with rural, urban and suburban schools across Colorado. Additionally, PEBC partners with various institutes of higher education around the state of Colorado to offer graduate level credit towards master's degrees for candidates. 
Mentor of the Year Nominee

Kendra Anderson is an outstanding 7th grade Language Arts mentor in Edwards, CO. Her no-nonsense attitude, in addition to her ability to keep class lighthearted and fun, creates a positive learning culture where students feel safe enough to try their hardest to meet high expectations. Kendra has proven eager and willing to have difficult conversations with her PEBC teacher resident, knowing that addressing the hard topics will make her resident a confident and more effective leader. Kendra's excellent classroom management techniques and highly engaging, creative lesson plans make her an ideal mentor teacher.
Resident of the Year Nominee

Lealy Murphy is a PEBC resident currently teaching and training in a 2nd Grade class. She displays a commitment to student growth and learning by consistently and intentionally reflecting on her practice. Always thinking about her students, Lealy immediately implements feedback as a means to improve her instructional practice.

Both Lealy's work and her work ethic consistently exceed PEBC Teacher Residency program standards. She is thoughtful and conscientious in her work, both in the classroom and out, living life through best-practice. 

Resources and Connections 

The National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science (including engineering and computer science) teachers. The program invites creative and innovative proposals in four different tracks that address the critical need for recruiting and preparing highly effective elementary and secondary science and mathematics teachers in high-need local educational agencies. Entities eligible to submit proposals by August 25 include:
  • One or more universities, four-year colleges, and/or two-year colleges (including community colleges, tribal colleges, and minority-serving institutions), or U.S. nonprofit entities that have established consortia among such institutions of higher education.
  • Professional societies and similar organizations that are directly associated with educational or research activities may submit proposals related to Track 4: Noyce Research.
Visit the official program solicitation for track descriptions and more. 

Register now for an April 30 webinar (4:00-5:30pm EDT) on preparing proposals for the Research track. 

This short EdSurge article “Five Ways Mindfulness Can Support Educators During a Crisis” was penned by Maria Gehl, project director for mindfulness in early education at nonprofit Zero to Three, but the lessons may resonate for ed professionals of all kinds aiming to develop a daily practice that helps them approach activities with with “an attitude of curiosity and kindness.”
In The News
California takes steps to remove hurdles faced by prospective teachers whose training is stymied by coronavirus

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing recently voted to give traditional educator preparation programs “wide latitude to decide when teacher candidates are prepared to move onto the classroom,” potentially green-lighting the more than 25,000 pre-service educators awaiting graduation this year, many of whom have logged incomplete student teaching hours. 
What comes next for public schooling
The Hill

This op-ed co-published by The Education Trust’s CEO (and former U.S. Secretary of Education under President Obama) John King and the American Federation of Teachers’ President Randi Weingarten asserts that investments in summer schooling, and flexibility for teachers implementing programs upon the return to face-to-face learning, will help to stem the academic losses of this pandemic. 
What Schools, States Must Report on How They're Using Coronavirus Aid

How will states, school districts and non-public entities be held accountable for their use of CARES Act funding dispersed for COVID-19 relief? This article breaks down the budgetary stipulations and federal guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.
12 ways the last recession changed America’s schools — and what that means for the years ahead

Looking back a decade to plan for what the near and long-term future holds, writer Matt Barnum assesses research from The Great Recession and its impacts on public education in America, including strains on schools, teachers and students.   
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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