November 4, 2020

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While most policy decisions about education are made locally, the pandemic has shifted the landscape quite a bit and the implications of the presidential election are actually fairly significant for educators and students. Ironically, education was not much of an issue in the campaign.
8 big consequences the election could have for America’s K-12 schools:

  1. Tens, even hundreds, of billions of dollars of federal money for schools are likely at stake.
  2. Under a Biden administration, schools would face less federal pressure to reopen buildings, especially without more aid. Trump is likely to keep up the pressure.
  3. A Biden administration would boost civil rights enforcement and bring renewed attention to issues like student discipline disparities.
  4. The next administration is going to make an important decision about standardized testing this school year.
  5. Aside from the pandemic, Biden has promised to spend more on public schools, while the Trump administration has tried to cut the federal education budget.
  6. Trump and DeVos would likely continue to prioritize access to private schools, while a Biden administration may ignore them.
  7. Biden has promised to reinstate and expand protections for many young immigrants.
  8. Whoever controls the Senate will have a say in additions to the Supreme Court — with potentially big consequences for education.
Resources and Connections


The request for proposals (RFP) for the Curriculum Literacy Project has been extended! Through three workshops, participants will develop a shared understanding of curriculum literacy, design course experiences in which curriculum literacy plays a prominent role, and use artifacts of enactment to create the design or redesign of existing “methods” course work.  Each program will draft a learning experience that centers on high-quality instructional materials and utilizes each phase of the Learning Cycle.

For consideration, please e-mail a single PDF document including all of the above materials to by Friday, November 6th at 11:59 pm Central. In the subject line, please insert: “Carnegie Project - Residency Name”.

Questions regarding this opportunity can be emailed to Please put “Carnegie Project Question” in the subject line to ensure that you get a response to your question quickly.

If you missed the RFP Overview Webinar, you can watch it here.

Dallas College
Dallas College is seeking dynamic, visionary leaders to play an important leadership role in the creation, launch, and implementation of the School of Education (SOE). The new SOE is being created with the support of leaders throughout the region to address the critical shortage of highly qualified educators that are contributing to poor educational achievement and persistence of poverty.


Common Sense and Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
Closing The K–12 Digital Divide In The Age Of Distance Learning. A new analysis by Common Sense and BCG of the digital divide for America’s K-12 public school students and teachers finds that the ”homework gap” is larger than previously estimated. 


Harvard Educational Review
NCTR board member Travis Bristol and Joy Esboldt examine the supports and constraints teachers at one mid-sized urban school serving predominantly Latinx students encountered during school-based professional development aligned with becoming a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT).

In the News

Washington Post
Trump’s diversity training order faces a lawsuit. Three civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging President Donald Trump’s executive order that prohibits federal agencies, contractors, and grant recipients from offering certain diversity training that the president deems “anti-American.”

Boston Globe

After another jump in Boston’s coronavirus positivity rate, the city’s public school district said it has canceled in-person instruction for thousands of high-needs students — the only group to return to school buildings so far this fall.

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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