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A Giant Step Forward for NTC’s Future

NTC advances its mission through partnerships with changemakers, social investors that believe thriving schools are the core of inclusive and resilient communities.

We’re excited to share that philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott recently made a historic donation to progress our work and vision. Her gift answers our call to redesign professional learning and school ecosystems to be inclusive, equitable, and impactful. She said it best:

“Communities with a habit of removing obstacles for different subsets of people tend to get better for everyone.”

Our job is simple but powerful. We’re building the highest quality student-centered, coaching-based professional learning supports for educators. Over the next five years, Scott’s investment will accelerate:

Instructional coaching centering underserved student communities
NTC is coaching toward teaching crafts that blend effective pedagogy with students’ identities, well-being, and academic needs. We’re pushing our professional learning model to develop and focus educator capacity in supporting BIPOC students, students with learning differences, multilingual learners, immigrant students, and students experiencing poverty. Our coaching starts with students — from here, we equip educators with wraparound supports that sustain mindsets, behaviors, and practices for the long haul. Educators and coaches get personalized and job-embedded support to build equitable teaching and learning environments.

Disrupting teacher-led professional learning
NTC is interrupting the professional learning status quo by empowering and humanizing educators at every turn. We’re democratizing professional learning so that every teacher can access exciting, high-quality growth opportunities and high-quality thought leadership. Our Direct-to-Educator (DTE) innovation brings 20+ years of research-proven adult learning science to them, supporting educators’ agency and meeting their most pressing needs. DTE does more than build skills and instructional strategies. It engages and nurtures teachers to connect to the profession, grow the craft they love, and activate them as catalysts in supporting optimal learning experiences.

Cohesive ecosystems and cultures of instruction
We will pilot multi-year partnerships to weave together cohesive school and district ecosystems – hubs that support healthy, dynamic, and collaborative instructional strategies. By redefining who can be an educator and a coach, we will support how schools design unique and localized visions for optimal learning environments. Our work will knit together the diversity of people and places where learning occurs to ensure students’ education pathways are rigorous and joyful.

NTC welcomes MacKenzie Scott to our supportive community that believes teaching and learning are humanity’s cornerstone. Together, we will move forward to grow and sustain a coalition for a brighter future for students.

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