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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.
Mentor teachers continually improve their practice so that their residents see what it means to be an effective teacher. Learn more watching NCTR’s new video series.
Partner updates

Jane Bray, dean of the Darden College of Education and Professional Studies at Old Dominion University, has been awarded the Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
 

Dr. Alice Hays, a member of the Kern High Teacher Residency team, has been selected as a Kegley Institute of Ethics faculty fellow at California State University, Bakersfield. Dr. Hays' fellowship project will focus on "collaborating with local teachers and CSUB students to promote the development of ethical, social, and educational competencies in young students. Through the medium of Young Adult Literature, Dr. Hays’ research will support students in civic engagement and social justice awareness in our community."
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.
In the News
Denver teachers strike over performance pay
The New York Times
Denver teachers want higher base pay and less emphasis on what they say are modest and unpredictable performance bonuses.
What kind of programs can help teacher diversity?
Ed Week
Teacher residencies are one “grow your own” strategy cited as a possible solution to the teacher diversity gap.
Remember those teachers failing math exams? NC has discovered a miscalculation twist
Charlotte Observer
In December, we shared a clip about how 2,000 teachers failed a math licensure exam. Turns out, the analysis behind that report was based on a “miscalculation.”
            
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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