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Publications

Drivers of Teacher Preparation: Landscape Analysis 

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screenshot-2016-10-12-12-23-34Drivers of Teacher Preparation: Landscape Analysis” (Landscape Analysis) is a new paper that provides a rich research base for the drivers of high-quality clinical preparation developed and implemented with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a part of their Alliance for Advancing Justice By Transforming Teacher Education initiative. Through this initiative, NCTR will partner with more than 30 residency programs that will prepare 2,500 new teachers for high-need schools, and will use data and research to implement four key drivers of transformational teacher preparation:

  1. Refine provider programming to be competency-based and clinically focused;
  2. Collect and use implementation and impact data to improve program design;
  3. Improve educator and teacher educator effectiveness; and
  4. Ensure graduates are successful in their school systems and communities.

The Landscape Analysis grounds NCTR’s work on the above drivers of high-quality, clinically oriented teacher preparation in the extant research, and articulates the strengths and areas for growth within the field of teacher preparation through an extensive review of the literature. This report serves as the launching point for NCTR’s work on the Alliance for Advancing Justice initiative, which enhances opportunities for NCTR’s Next Generation Network partners to collaborate and engage in high-quality and relevant initiatives that directly improve student outcomes.

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The Case Study Project: Clinically Oriented Teacher Preparation 

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Despite a growing body of evidence that a practice-based approach is the best way to prepare teachers, few studies to date provide tangible insight into how to move toward a clinical model. With the release of Clinically Oriented Teacher Preparation (COTP) in 2015, the National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR, formerly UTRU) set out to illustrate what preparation programs actually do as they transition to a clinically oriented approach; what the move toward practice-based preparation looks like; and what can be learned from programs across the nation that are transitioning to clinically oriented teacher preparation. The COTP Case Study Project (CSP) takes an in-depth look at the opportunities and challenges programs face as they instantiate each key shift. Through three case studies, NCTR digs more deeply into the lessons learned from and the struggles inherent in transitioning to a clinical model.

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NCTR 2015 Network Impact Overview 

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Each year NCTR analyzes a body of evidence on residency program impact and implementation to demonstrate how residents are prepared for the rigors of the classroom, to show early evidence of teacher performance and effectiveness in improving student achievement, and to collect stakeholders’ perceptions of the residency model core components and key participants. The Network Impact Overview provides a selection of this evidence showing that residencies are fulfilling their goal to strengthen teacher preparation and ensure new teachers enter the classroom ready.

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Building Effective Teacher Residencies 

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Building Effective Teacher Residencies examines the characteristics of two highly successful teacher residency programs in NCTR’s Network—the Aspire Teacher Residency and the Denver Teacher Residency.  Both programs participated in NCTR’s technical assistance programming in order to launch their residencies.

Supported by a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Building Effective Teacher Residencies shares findings from a year of extensive observations and interviews with program staff, residents, mentors, principals, and other stakeholders, and provides a comprehensive look at the inner workings of a successful residency program.  NCTR believes that the lessons shared will help fuel innovation for residencies, other teacher preparation programs, and, ultimately, for students.

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