As we turn the page on 2022, I’m so grateful for the determined and dedicated group of changemakers we partner with both within NTC and across the nation. In my early tenure at NTC, I am heartened and guided by the compassion and wisdom of our staff, partners, supporters, and others leading this movement. You are the heart of our community, and our collective work is an example of the sustained equity practice we must all engage in in service to our young people.
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:
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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We explore the following questions: How might a through-year assessment system more effectively serve the primary purpose of assessment: improving teaching, instruction, and student learning? And how will this shift be experienced by those most commonly shouldering the weight of educational shifts - teachers and students?
Tommy Chang shares his story as a six-year-old immigrant student in America, catalyzing a lifelong relationship with public education. As a teacher, a principal, a district leader, and now CEO of New Teacher Center, Tommy is driven by his personal journey and deep understanding that authentic relationships rooted in equity are critical to enable everyone in the school community, and beyond, to thrive.