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Program Director Sudipti Kumar​ hosted a webinar for NCTR’s Network partners to provide an overview of this year's Network programming. Partners talked about their goals and how they will participate in NCTR programming in small groups. Carrianne Scheib, NCTR’s Director of Data and Impact,​ highlighted Network data that demonstrated program strengths and opportunities for continued growth.

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NCTR is hiring for an Associate Director for Programs to help revise and enhance our programming and services, and to cultivate, develop, and manage strong relationships with NCTR partners. Interested? Read the full job description and details on how to apply.


A new study ​conducted by The Educational Opportunity Project at Stanford University examined hundreds of millions of tests taken by white, black and Hispanic students nationwide, and found that poverty impacts U.S. achievement gaps more than race. Researchers found that racial segregation is associated with the achievement gap because students of color are often concentrated in high-poverty schools, and those schools have fewer effective teachers and resources.
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State Policies Enable Residencies: A Q&A with NCTR 

NCTR’s Chief External Relations Officer Tamara Azar spoke with Bellwether Education Partners recently about how education policy in several states is setting the stage for increasing the number of and access to high quality residency programs. 

Published in Bellwether’s “Ahead of the Heard” blog, Tamara notes several promising approaches states are taking to launch, grow and enable residencies.
  1. Policy as a driver: In states like Louisiana, West Virginia, and South Dakota, policymakers have mandated certain aspects of the residency model or approved new requirements that teacher candidates complete a certain level of clinical training.
  2. Financial incentives to start improve access to residencies: In Delaware, state lawmakers earmarked funds for resident stipends, which are typically one of the biggest startup obstacles.
  3. Financial incentives to spread successful models: This is happening in California, where the state made available $75 million in new grants to programs that could expand or grow.
  4. Policy and funding to address a targeted need: Mississippi, for example, created the first state-run residency to develop teachers for several districts that serve under-resourced, low-income rural communities.
Tamara expresses NCTR’s optimism that these approaches, as well as other positive developments at the federal level, will translate into continued growth and proliferation of the residency model. Indeed, NCTR has seen a significant shift in state-level interest in residencies over the last 18 months, and with several presidential candidates including residencies, or aspects of the model, in their education platforms, the future looks bright for new programs.
In the News
Washington superintendent wants more funding to support students
The Washington state Superintendent puts residencies on his legislative "priority" list.
Strategies for Recruiting Teachers of Color
NCTR Board member Dr. Travis Bristol partakes in a Q&A on how school districts, universities, and alternative teacher preparation programs are responding to the call for a more diverse teaching force.
Student Debt Reinforces the Racial Wealth Gap, Study Finds
Inside Higher Ed
Twenty years after entering repayment, the median white student borrower has paid back 94 percent of their student debt. The median black borrower still owes 95 percent, or roughly $18,500.
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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