REL Webinar: Taking Action to Address the Teacher Supply Chain

We invite you to join a REL Central webinar exploring how a new tool that predicts patterns of teacher shortages is being used to address the teacher supply chain in Missouri. Presenters Paul Katnik of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Joshua Stewart of REL Central will describe the development and use of the Missouri Teacher Predictor Model and share how the model might be adapted for other states. Katnik and Beth Kania-Gosche of the Missouri University of Science and Technology will share strategies for addressing predicted shortages at the state, district, and educator preparation program levels.

Participants will gain an understanding of the following:
• How the Teacher Predictor Model is used to examine and predict teacher shortages in Missouri.
• How the model might be adapted for other states.
• What strategies states, districts, and educator preparation programs use to address teacher shortage areas.

The primary audience for this webinar is state and local education agency personnel, educator preparation program staff, and individuals involved with teacher career programming, including Grow Your Own programs.

Predict and Prepare: Taking Action to Address the Teacher Supply Chain
April 15, 2021
1:30–2:30 p.m. MT
Register here

The Role of Assistant Principals: A New Synthesis Offers Evidence and Insights

Learn about the findings from a new, comprehensive study commissioned by The Wallace Foundation –– The Role of Assistant Principals: Evidence and Insights for Advancing School Leadership. Based on two decades of research, the synthesis focuses on a role that is increasingly prevalent but often overlooked. The report suggests APs could become a more powerful force in advancing equity, student outcomes and school leadership goals.

We invite you to join this important, one-hour event by registering here.

Hear highlights of this study from the lead researchers:

  • Ellen Goldring, Patricia and Rhodes Hart chair, Vanderbilt University
  • Mollie Rubin, research assistant professor, Vanderbilt University
  • Mariesa Herrmann, senior researcher, Mathematica

 Explore implications of the research with our panelists:

  • Michael Casserly, executive director, Council of the Great City Schools
  • Beverly Hutton, chief programs officer, National Association of Secondary School Principals 
  • Debra Paradowski, NASSP’s 2020 Assistant Principal of the Year
  • Nicholas Pelzer, senior program officer, The Wallace Foundation, moderator

As the study notes, the number of assistant principals has grown markedly, and the role can help districts reach important goals and bolster principal preparation and retention. Though the AP role can be a stepping-stone to the principalship, research suggests there are often disparities and barriers along the way to the top job. The panelists will discuss actions that practitioners and policymakers can consider to redefine the AP role as a key lever for equity and for strengthening principal pipelines.


2021-22 National Signature Project Award

The National Signature Project Award is awarded annually to an outstanding and innovative classroom project that exemplifies the very best in rural, place-based education. The award is open to any rural classroom teacher in the United States, and it is jointly funded by the Rural Schools Collaborative (RSC) and the National Rural Education Association (NREA).

The grant application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 30. The maximum award is $2,500.

Annual conference on the value of play

The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual educational conference presented by the US Play Coalition.

We are thrilled to announce the 2021 VIRTUAL Conference on  the Value of Play kicks off this spring!  This conference format, in response to the continued concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, features LIVE headliners, dozens of recorded educational and research presentations and weekly networking events – all online from April 1 through June 30.

The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, camp professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond.

Teach Plus is offering two different policy fellowships for educators in the 2021-2022 school year

Teach Plus Illinois is thrilled to announce two policy fellowships for educators in the 2021-22 school year: the K-12 Teaching Policy Fellowship, and the Early Childhood Educator Policy Fellowship

Teach Plus Illinois’ programs are highly selective leadership opportunities for outstanding teachers looking to expand their influence without having to leave the classroom. They span the 2021-22 school year and offer selected teachers a generous stipend for their time and work. The Policy fellowships are for teachers who want to learn about policy and advocate on behalf of all students. Grow as teacher leader by exploring one of these three opportunities!

Calling all future cougars

The CSU College of Education offers highly accredited licensure programs and elite scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students. Students who earn the College and Career Pathway Endorsement (CCPE) in Education and apply for these awards are automatically advanced as finalists.

Call Me Mister Program
The prestigious national program, Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role models (MISTER), increases the number of diverse, male teacher candidates becoming teachers in under-served, urban communities. Participants receive a full-tuition scholarship, weekly academic support sessions, program mentor, and access to monthly activities related to the profession.