July 1, 2020
NCTR and Partner News

NCTR will be closed July 2 and 3 in observance of Independence Day. 

Program Spotlight: Featuring this Year's Residents and Mentors

Nashville Teacher Residency (NTR) is a
one year, state approved independent educator preparation provider with a focus on creating highly effective teachers who value relationships, know their community, embrace practice, and ultimately, exceed expectations.  We partner with Metro Nashville Public Schools, Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, LEAD Public Schools, and STEM Preparatory Academy. 
Mentor of the Year Nominee

Miriam Lipman-Hopkins, a 5th Grade ELA teacher, devotes hours of planning to co-plan and model for her teacher Resident, always providing excellent plans and student tasks for her Resident to review.  This person has shown tremendous growth through Miriam’s support, as evidenced by the increase in his scores from our first Lead Teaching Round to our third.  Even more importantly, Miriam models an equitable classroom through community building with students, culturally responsive strategies, and texts that are both mirrors and windows for her students.  Ideally, Miriam will work with many more NTR Residents in the future!
Resident of the Year Nominee

High school math teacher Resident Amara McKell showed an unrelenting commitment to her community, as she completed her residency year at her alma mater (a school that faces more challenges than almost any other in Nashville).  She brings joy, energy, and excellence to every NTR class and has made significant improvement in her content knowledge, earning above average Lead Teaching scores.  Amara supports her Mentor Teacher with planning and classroom culture, and rallies her peers and colleagues, all while maintaining her role of Assistant Girls Basketball Coach for the high school.  Amara exemplifies what NTR hopes for in a Resident!
Featured News

Cases for and Against Opening Up

As summer plods on for some and flies by for others, decisions to reopen or dramatically modify schools for the 2020-2021 school year are looming, and are difficult for states and school systems still monitoring swings in cases of COVID-19 across the country and in their own backyards. But where is public opinion right now, nationally, regarding this major “if...then” proposition? Three recent articles examine concerns on either side.

Politico reports that a poll of nearly 2,000 registered voters over June 19-21 revealed that a slight majority of Americans [worry] about reopening schools in the fall. Whereas Texas governor Greg Abbott is assuring that schools will be operating with face-to-face learning starting at the beginning of the school year; Tennessee has decided that least a portion of instruction (“180 days”) will take place in brick and mortar buildings like pre-pandemic days; and, states including New Mexico and Wisconsin are examining alternative scheduling options, “school officials are stuck navigating the messy details of how to keep campuses safe and win over parents, while dealing with a budget crisis that is forcing layoffs and other cuts.”

Going deeper into state-level statistics, a Boston Globe poll asserts that Massachusetts residents are split among racial and geographic lines in terms of comfort with schools reopening in the fall. Sixty percent (60%) of Black and Latino residents polled said they did not think schools could reopen this fall “in a way that keeps most kids and adults safe from the coronavirus,” while 44% of white voters agreed to that same statement.  Massachusetts residents of color have had higher rates of infection and of death from the coronavirus than their white counterparts.

The Atlantic explores the risks for academic progress, social-emotional needs, and nutritional loss that students are experiencing from an extended time out of the school structure.  Some advocates for reopening sooner than later “believe the hazards [of coronavirus] should be weighed against the costs of changing children’s lives so dramatically.”

In The News

Secretary DeVos Approves Four Additional Perkins Career and Technical Education State Plans
U.S. Department of Education

Arkansas, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee are the latest states to have their CTE plans approved under Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V), which was signed into law on July 31, 2018.  This now makes 35 state CTE plans approved by the Department, and the summaries of each can be found via Perkins Collaborative Resource Network site.

Superintendents uniquely positioned to lead during COVID-19, but stress is leading to turnover
Education NC

In the first 10 months of this year, "at least 16 North Carolina school districts will see turnover in their top leadership.”  While these changes at district posts are not all COVID-19 related, and “Superintendents around the state are leaving for jobs in other districts, retiring, or leaving for other reasons,” the transitions will no doubt cause extra strain during a time experienced leadership is so vital for implementing decisions to reopen and keep students and staff healthy for the 2020-2021 school year.

Our future depends on caring for the early educators (Opinion)
The Hill

This op-ed from the co-chairs of the Early Education Investment Collaborative reiterates why this year, more than ever, it’s clear that early childhood professionals need support and respect.  “Children who experience quality learning early on do better in school and life,” they say. “And as the backbone of the American economy, parents and caregivers cannot and will not return to work without access to quality educators with whom they can trust as partners in the health, physical, socio-emotional, and intellectual development of their children.”

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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