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We are gathered in Chicago this week with 120 colleagues and guests from our Network programs for 2019 Symposium, “Teacher Residencies: A Lever for Equity.” In addition to hearing from national experts on equity and education, Symposium attendees are engaging with and learning from one another on how the residency model is a key strategy for making public education more equitable for all students.
Joe Garza, NCTR CEO Anissa Listak, and See Yang

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Announcing the 2019 Mentor and Resident of the Year: Joe Garza of PUC and See Yang of SUTR

NCTR is delighted to honor Joe Garza of the Partnerships to Uplift Communities Alumni Teach Project and See Yang of the St. Paul Urban Teacher Residency as the 2019 Mentor and Resident of the Year award winners.

Joe and See accepted their awards on Tuesday evening to close out the opening day of our 2019 Symposium. More than 30 residency programs were on hand to celebrate with our winners, and to honor all the nominees for their outstanding work and dedication to teaching, students and the residency movement. You can watch the award presentations on our Facebook page.

Mentor of the Year
Joe Garza

Sixth Grade Humanities teacher, Partnerships to Uplift Communities Alumni Teach Project
In accepting his ward, Joe said each of his residents have challenged him to be more reflective in how he teaches. He also said his residents have taught him valuable lessons along the way. His first resident taught him to value cultural heritage of his students. Others reminded him that not every resident is the same and that they all have different skills and gifts, and to have perseverance and heart. “For all my residents, I wish for them to continue to burn brightly, and to spread their fire for learning,” Joe said.

Resident of the Year
See Yang

First Grade, St. Paul Urban Teacher Residency
In accepting her award, See said that she learned early in her residency that a classroom doesn’t function well if expectations are not set clearly and modeled at the beginning of the school year. That also means, she said, teaching students that they are responsible for their own learning. But the most important lesson she’s learned so far “is the value of relationships—building relationships with families and the students in our classrooms,” she said. “Knowing who they are is the most important part of our job.”
In the News
Why We’re Struggling to Keep Teachers in Our Most Vulnerable Schools
Education Post (opinion)
Residencies are among the most powerful and effective models for preparing teachers for the realities of high-need classrooms.

Kaine visits Stafford school to brainstorm solutions to teacher shortage
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine believes teacher residencies have an important role to play in addressing teacher shortages in rural areas.
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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