What's New at NCTR?

Associate Program Director Rosemary Baker attended the 100k in 10 Summit and High Tech High Deeper Learning Conference in San Diego earlier this month. 100k in 10 is dedicated to recruiting, preparing, and retaining 100,000 STEM teachers in 10 years. Teacher preparation is one of the the many factors the organization is focusing on. Rosemary’s sessions included how organizations can bring local context into teacher preparation, and how preservice training can ensure that teachers are well-prepared to teach STEM.

Associate Director Erica Hines attended the Surge Alumni Convening in New Orleans, the inaugural gathering of the Surge community. Surge aims to educate and develop leaders of color who create transformative change in urban education.

Partner Update

The Kansas City Teacher Residency has a new partnership with the college of education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The program will offer a master’s degree to participants who commit to teaching for four years in partner schools across the Kansas City area. KCTR is preparing to welcome its fourth cohort in June, with 40 incoming teacher residents. Read the announcement.

Call for Proposals

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education is accepting session proposals for its 72nd Annual Meeting, to be held in Atlanta in February. The conference theme is “Disrupting Inequities: Educating for Change.” More information here. Deadline to submit is May 29.

Grant Opportunity

The Department of Education is accepting new applications for 2019 Teacher Quality Partnership grants to fund teacher residency programs. This new round will prioritize applications from partnerships that prepare educators “to deliver rigorous instruction in computer science and improve student achievement.” Between 15 and 20 grants will be given, ranging from $500,000 to $1 million. The deadline to apply is May 20, although the agency “strongly recommends” submitting a “notice of intent to apply” before May 3.
Featured News

Symposium 2019: Dr. Travis J. Bristol to speak on recruiting and retaining teachers of color

Dr. Travis J. Bristol, a leading expert on how school districts can recruit, support and retain teachers of color, will offer a keynote talk on the topic at NCTR’s 2019 Symposium in Chicago next month.

Dr. Bristol, an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education and a member of NCTR’s Board of Directors, focuses his research on three areas: How district and school-based practices support educators of color; how national, state, and local education policies affect workplace experiences and retention for educators of color; and the intersection of race and gender in schools.

In addition to his keynote, “Supporting Teachers of Color,” Dr. Bristol will moderate a panel with Carrie Schieb, Director of Data and Impact at NCTR, and programs that participated in our recent research project, “Teacher Residencies as a Vehicle to Recruit Teachers of Color.”

Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Bristol was a Peter Paul Assistant Professor at Boston University, and he began his career in education as an English teacher in New York City public schools before becoming a clinical teacher educator with the Boston Teacher Residency program. Those experiences, coupled with his academic research, have led him to believe that the teacher residency model is an extremely effective strategy to ensure that our most high-need and under-served students have access to effective, high-quality teachers.

“The residency model is showing promising evidence as it relates to providing teachers with the mindsets and practices they need to stay in the classroom,” Dr. Bristol said. “The clinical preparation, the mentoring, and the thoughtful and strategic induction that follows prepares teachers for high-need school placements, and are models for how we should develop novice teachers. I am looking forward to thought-partnering with NCTR as it deepens its commitment to supporting residents of color, as well as ensuring clinical teacher educators have the skills needed to prepare our teacher candidates of color.”

Our annual Symposium brings together residency programs from around the country for professional development and collaborative learning. Symposium is open only to NCTR Network members and special guests. If you haven’t yet, please RSVP today so you don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to hear this leading speaker on race, schools and equity.
Having a strong cadre of effective and inspiring mentors is key to developing residents into classroom-ready teachers. How do successful residencies build a strong pipeline of mentor candidates? Watch our latest video.
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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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