Even a coordinated and concentrated effort will likely take decades to complete.
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￼NCTR is at the East Harlem Teaching Residency this week with 13 partner programs and nearly 30 attendees from around the country for part two of our 2019 Instructional Rounds. We are diving into resident assessment to examine the quality, clarity, and consistency of the feedback residents receive. Participants will also identify next steps for their programs’ continuous improvement. Our Instructional Rounds play a huge role in improving the systems, procedures and practices that make teacher residencies such an effective model of teacher preparation.
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Featured News A Diverse and Learner-ready Teacher Workforce
The necessity of a diverse teacher workforce is no longer in doubt, with credible and important research confirming that students of color are at a disadvantage when not given the opportunity to learn from teachers who share their race, ethnicity, and backgrounds. But with less than 20 percent of teachers in America identifying as people of color, getting to a truly diverse teaching force will require a coordinated, sustained and prioritized set of strategies that span states, districts and colleges, over the continuum of preservice to inservice.
“A Vision and Guidance for a Diverse and Learner-Ready Teacher Workforce” lays out a road map to help us get there. Published recently by the Council of Chief State School Officers, the report is a call to action by state chiefs, and leaders from educator preparation providers, local education agencies, legislatures, unions, and civic and community groups.
The report is the product of an effort by 10 states and more than 30 national organizations focused on systems-level changes to increase the diversity of the teacher workforce. The project also looked at how systems must adapt to and support future and current educators so that they can effectively teach a diverse population of students. NCTR is proud to have contributed to this project.
Within the numerous recommendations are notable and ambitious proposals that include revising and enforcing licensure standards to require culturally knowledgeable teachers and rethinking teacher preparation approval requirements to ensure programs are recruiting diverse candidates.
The report specifically calls on state education agencies to invest in high-retention, supportive pathways into teaching. “These include increasing access to comprehensive preservice preparation, through service scholarship and loan forgiveness programs, teacher residencies, and Grow Your Own programs.”
The report cautions that there are no quick fixes to this systemic problem, and even a coordinated and concentrated effort like one it outlines will likely take decades to complete.
HELP WANTED Come work with us! NCTR is seeking to hire a Director of Programs and Strategy for California. This person will lead our efforts to build and sustain residencies in the state, providing high-quality technical assistance to emerging and existing programs. Read about and apply for the job here.
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