Press Releases

NCTR developing new tools to measure and predict program success 

The effort announced today is supported by more than $500,000 in philanthropic funds and will double NCTR’s research capabilities. The goal is to refine and improve the tools, trainings, and standards we use to launch and support our partner residency programs. The grant will also allow NCTR and our program partners to study and document how our combined efforts improve student outcomes.

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Dr. Daniel Velasco elected to NCTR Board of Directors 

Dr. Daniel Velasco, Chief Growth and Impact Officer at Latinos for Education, has been elected to serve on NCTR’s Board of Directors. Latinos for Education is the first Latino-founded and led national organization dedicated to developing Latino leaders in education. 

Dr. Velasco’s expertise in education, entrepreneurship, and growth strategy will be a tremendous value to the board as NCTR continues to grow and explores new and innovative ways to scale the residency model nationally.

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NCTR receives funding to support California residency programs 

The National Center for Teacher Residencies has been awarded a $267,571 grant from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation to support California school districts, charter management organizations, and higher education institutions that are building or expanding teacher residency programs across the state. NCTR’s work will be conducted via the California Teacher Residency Lab. The lab’s 18 participants are districts, charters, and universities that have received funding from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as part of the state’s $125-million effort to address teacher shortages through teacher residencies and other “grow your own” teacher recruitment and development efforts.

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NCTR receives funding to help launch residencies in Illinois 

NCTR has been awarded $350,000 from the Joyce Foundation to assist the Illinois State Board of Education and Chicago-area school districts and their university partners in the development of new teacher residency programs. The grant will allow NCTR to develop a “community of practice” with the participants so that they can share ideas, plans, resources and key learnings as they work to launch their programs. When up and running, the new residencies will develop as many as 40 elementary teachers each year for students in Chicago Public Schools, the Woodstock Community Unit School District 200, and the North Chicago Community Unit School District 187. The grant will allow NCTR to accelerate its work with state boards and education departments, which are increasingly turning to the residency model to develop well-prepared, committed teachers for high-need schools and students.

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NCTR, Mississippi to Develop the Nation’s First State-Operated Teacher Residency 

The National Center for Teacher Residencies has received a $649,366 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support the Mississippi Department of Education in the development of the nation’s first state-run teacher residency. The grant will also fund strategies to better recruit and retain African-American male teachers and provide support to teachers pursuing National Board Certification.

As a state-run program, the Mississippi Teacher Residency will be the first of its kind in the nation. The Mississippi Department of Education will oversee the program’s development and will operate the residency when it is fully functional.

“The Mississippi Teacher Residency is a unique opportunity to build a state-led teacher residency with partners who are focused on developing high-quality teachers for students who need them most,” said Anissa Listak, NCTR’s founder and CEO. “States are increasingly recognizing the residency model as an effective way to address teacher shortages and to develop effective, committed educators for underserved communities.”

“When we looked at the data on teacher retention among teachers trained in residencies, we immediately saw residencies as a strategic way to provide teacher candidates with high-quality training and keep those teachers in classrooms – something we need in Mississippi,” said Dr. Carey Wright, Mississippi State Superintendent of Education.

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NCTR Launching New Programs in California 

The National Center for Teacher Residencies announced today that it has received $750,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch and expand four teacher residencies in California. The new residencies will develop effective, classroom-ready teachers for high-need, underserved schools and districts, and help address that state’s chronic teacher shortages.

Site selection for the new programs is under way. Once selected, NCTR will provide the programs with two years of training, support, consulting and guidance as they develop and grow their residencies. NCTR’s innovative residency development programming  sets the standard for teacher training and results in programs that produce effective new teachers who are classroom-ready on day one.

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NCTR Board of Directors Elects Two New Members 

CHICAGO – NCTR announced today the election of Travis J. Bristol and Corey Scholes to its Board of Directors. Bristol is an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. Scholes is a director of education for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City.

Bristol and Scholes bring to the board deep expertise on new teacher training and development, teacher recruitment, and equity and diversity in public education.

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NCTR Awarded $850,000 to Develop Proven Teacher Training Programs in Six School Districts 

 The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded the National Center for Teacher Residencies a grant in the amount of $850,505 to develop new teacher residency programs in six communities in partnership with school districts, institutions of higher education, and local non-profits.

The three-year grant from the Kellogg Foundation will enable NCTR to improve the quality of education for students in elementary schools in select regions across the nation. These new residency programs will focus on training teachers for grades K-6, and have the potential to reach thousands of students in the partner school districts.

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NCTR Report: Recommendations for State Support for Effective Teacher Residencies 

States and school districts can improve teacher quality — and student growth — by providing dedicated support for teacher residencies, ensuring that new educators enter the classroom ready to meet students’ needs from day one.

States and districts are increasingly turning to teacher residencies as a key strategy in improving student achievement and teacher effectiveness. The flexibility provided under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) facilitates this approach.

Recommendations for State Support Effective Teacher Residencies” provides guidance to states for developing policy to incorporate residencies and other clinical-based preparation models into systems for preparing and supporting effective educators.

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NCTR Selects New Partners for 2017-18 Supporting Effective Educator Development Grant 

Chicago – Four new school district-serving partnerships have been selected to launch teacher residency programs with the National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR) as part of its Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) federal grant, NCTR announced today.

Albuquerque Public Schools and the University of New Mexico College of Education Teacher Residency Partnership (New Mexico), Apple Tree Fellows Program (Washington, D.C.), New Visions for Public Schools in partnership with Queens College (New York) and Wilmington University Year Long Residency (Delaware) will each receive up to $500,000 and will participate in NCTR’s innovative two-year New Site Development Program, a consulting program designed to develop the core components of an effective residency. Grant support from NCTR totals nearly $2 million.

NCTR’s Response to President Trump’s Budget Proposal 


President Donald Trump’s budget, which would cut funding for the Department of Education by 13.5 percent or $9 billion, would cripple high need communities and supporting organizations that rely on federal funding to ensure that every child receives a high-quality education and has access to an effective teacher. Teacher residency programs and their role in high quality teacher preparation and professional development, researching innovation, and partnering in to support high need communities are at risk under the current proposal.

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NCTR Selects Four New Partners for Supporting Effective Educator Development Grant 

Four high-need school district and higher education partnerships have been selected to launch teacher residency programs with the National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR) as part of the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) federal grant, NCTR announced today.

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Grant Supports Scale of Evidence-based Teacher Residencies 

Chicago – The National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR) has been awarded a 3-year, $525,000 grant by the W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation to support the launch and scale of effective residency programs nationally. The grant represents an eighth year of funding from W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation to NCTR.

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National Residency Network Accelerates Impact as New Transformation Center 

Chicago – The National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR) has received $6.8 million to become a Teacher Preparation Transformation Center as part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation initiative.

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Teacher Residency Programs Explore Excellent Instruction in Seattle Schools 

Chicago – Teacher residency programs from around the country gather in Seattle this week for the National Center for Teacher Residencies’ (NCTR) annual Instructional Rounds. The event is hosted by and developed in partnership with the Seattle Teacher Residency (STR).

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