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What's new at NCTR?

NCTR recently welcomed Shannon Black as associate director. Shannon has joined our strategic advising team to provide technical assistance to aspiring residencies, districts, and colleges of education that are aiming to implement elements of the residency model. Welcome, Shannon!
HELP WANTED
Come work with us! NCTR is seeking to hire a Director of Programs and Strategy for California. A new position with NCTR, 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.
Grant opportunity

The U.S. Education Department is accepting applications for its Education Innovation and Research Program, which is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent education challenges and to support the expansion of those solutions.

Three types of awards will be given: Early-phase Grants, Mid-phase Grants and Expansion Grants. The deadline for programs to send their Notice of Intent to Apply is Feb. 21. The application deadline is April 2.
Featured News

NCTR launches new video resource

Today, NCTR is unveiling a new library of video resources that explore the core components of the teacher residency model, showing how teacher residencies are changing the preparation landscape in their communities, innovating the model, and overcoming challenges common to the launch and scale of residencies. Each month through August we will make available a new series of videos on:
 
The Teacher Residency Value Proposition
Resident Recruitment and Selection
Residency Year Curriculum
Teacher Educator Recruitment and Selection
Teacher Educator Professional Development
Graduate Professional Development
Partner Selection and Development

We’re kicking it all off this month with a three-video installment on why the residency model is a better way to train new teachers, the impact successful programs are having in their communities, and how the value proposition of the residency model varies among stakeholders.

A huge thanks to NCTR’s partners in Dallas, Colorado and Richmond who were instrumental in this effort–they shared their enthusiasm and success stories, and discussed strategies for how they overcame challenges while building their programs. As part of NCTR’s commitment to support a high quality network of teacher residencies and to share the best practices and lessons learned with the teacher preparation field, these videos are being made available to members of the NCTR Network of teacher residencies and other educators and advocates. We invite you to watch, share and use the library of videos in training sessions, presentations or on your websites and social media channels. When doing so, please give credit to NCTR and the partner organizations represented in the videos. The resource library was funded through NCTR’s 2015 Supporting Effective Educator Development grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Coming next month, three videos on the recruitment and selection of residents.
In the News
Is the cost of student-teaching worth it?
The Hechinger Report
This first-person account reinforces one critical aspect of the NCTR residency model: the opportunity cost to candidates and, specifically, the residency year stipend.
Study: High-quality Tennessee principals less likely to serve poor and low-achieving students
The Tennessean
The “principal gap” is driven by high turnover in high-need schools and a tendency of districts to hire less effective principals when those vacancies arise.
Houses Divided: How States and Cities Reinforce Racial Segregation in America
Governing
Local governments bear much of the responsibility for creating and maintaining segregated communities, according to this in-depth piece.
            
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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