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Last week, Shannon Black, Erica Hines and Jill Pitner planned and facilitated the kick-off session for the newly-created New York City Teacher Preparation Pathway Community of Practice. The group includes the New York City Department of Education and six of its higher education partners, and is meeting regularly to design the arc of learning for the city’s teacher candidates. An initial step is to develop a shared set of day-one ready competencies for new teachers. From this most recent gathering, 83 percent of the attendees said they “agree” or “strongly agree” that participating in this session helped them understand how to identify day-one ready competencies.

We here at NCTR would like to recognize all the great teachers we've encountered over the years who always put the needs of their students first, who never stop striving to improve their craft, and who make their schools and classrooms safe places for kids from all backgrounds. Thank you teachers for all that you do! 
Featured News
Symposium 2019, “Teacher Residencies: A Lever for Equity”

The issue of equity is driving the conversation in education today. Whether the focus is on closing achievement gaps, increasing the diversity of our teaching force, or better preparing new teachers for diverse student groups, the idea that schools must be equitable for all is top of mind among teachers, administrators and policy makers.

Equity will also be top of mind when we gather with our Network partners and guests next week in Chicago for our 2019 Symposium, “Teacher Residencies: A Lever for Equity.” In addition to hearing from two dynamic national experts on equity and education, Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to engage with and learn from one another, from researchers, and from NCTR’s expert staff about how the residency model is a key strategy for making public education more equitable for all students.

We are thrilled to feature at this year’s gathering Dr. Travis Bristol and Dr. Eve L. Ewing. Dr. Ewing will give the event’s keynote address. She is a sociologist of education and author of “Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side.” Dr. Bristol, an expert on the recruitment, support and retention of teachers of color, is our featured speaker. He is an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a member of NCTR’s Board of Directors.

On Wednesday evening, NCTR will give out our Resident and Mentor of the Year awards. Nominees for the resident award were chosen based on their commitment to student growth and learning, their effectiveness as new teachers, and the qualities that make them a good colleague and peer within their cohort. You can read about all the nominees and learn more about their achievements on our website. Similarly, our new mentor prize aims to celebrate the commitment, the mastery, and the passion that mentors bring to our Network partner programs. You can read about all the nominees here. NCTR will announce the winners on Tuesday, beginning at 5:15 pm. You can watch the awards presentation live on our Facebook page as it happens.

See you in Chicago!
In the News
Teachers Begin To See Unfair Student Loans Disappear
Approximately 2,300 teachers have had their federal TEACH grants converted back into grants after they were wrongly classified as loans.

Betsy DeVos blasts teacher activism
Education Dive
At a gathering of education writers, DeVos said adults should “have adult disagreements on adult time and not ultimately hurt kids in the process."
First on new California state superintendent’s long agenda: getting more men of color in the classroom
Ed Source
California’s new state superintendent sees teacher residencies as an important way to bring men of color into the teaching profession.
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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