When we focus on teachers, everyone succeeds


New Teacher Center’s mission is to disrupt the predictability of educational inequities for systemically underserved students by accelerating educator effectiveness. Our mission is supported with generous contributions from a number of philanthropic organizations.


New Teacher Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving student learning by guiding a new generation of educators. We have made it our mission to overcome challenges teachers and students face by providing all educators with the support and resources necessary to succeed from their first day to their last.

By working in conjunction with school districts, state policymakers and educators from across the country to increase the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders at all levels, NTC has developed a series of results-oriented programs that align with district learning goals and address teacher induction, instructional coaching and school leadership development. All of these programs take place on premises within local school environments.


When we focus on teachers, students succeed. NTC understands that providing educators at all levels with the foundation and supporting infrastructure necessary for individual success translates to the success of society as a whole.

We also recognize that new teachers and administrators are often placed in difficult assignments in high-need schools. This can be extremely discouraging for novice teachers, causing many to leave the profession after only a few years. It is these schools in particular, with low-income and minority students, that need high-quality teachers the most.

By improving teacher effectiveness, we can deliver on the promise of public education and help bring equality in education to all children across the country.


NTC strengthens districts from within, supporting partners every step of the way to put results-oriented programs in place for new teachers, experienced teachers and school leaders alike. It’s a collaborative approach, combining partners’ context-specific knowledge with NTC’s broad and deep understanding of research and best practices.

We incorporate multiple types of teacher support, including high-quality mentoring, common planning time and ongoing support for and from school leaders, in order to improve student achievement, increase teacher effectiveness, and dramatically reduce the turnover rate of new teachers.

NTC works with the community at large to ensure there is ongoing district support, financial and otherwise. Support from philanthropic organizations, government grants, school districts, and state organizations all play a critical role in making this work possible.


Who We Are


Desmond Blackburn

Chief Executive Officer

Atyani Howard

Chief Program Officer

Arthur Mills IV

Chief Operating Officer

Board of Directors

Desmond Blackburn

Chief Executive Officer

Shruti Sehra

Board Chair

Kelly Pope

Board Vice Chair

Gary Syman

Board Treasurer

David Spiller

Board Secretary

Louis Gomez

Board Member

Paul Goren

Board Member

Nithin Iyengar

Board Member

Barbara Jenkins

Board Member

Magaly Lavadenz

Board Member

Mike Magee

Board Member

NTC is committed to our mission: disrupt the predictability of educational inequities for systemically underserved students.

It’s a tall order that we can’t do alone.

We want to push the paradigm on what we know to be true. To do so, we need help identifying what’s hidden from view. So we’re building a community of experts and perspectives to ensure NTC is serving students in poverty, students of color, English language learners, students with disabilities, and indigenous students. The Education Equity Commission (EEC) is a partnership, shining a spotlight on the roots of systemic problems that harm our most vulnerable kids.

NTC needs to be held accountable for how we walk our talk. The EEC will question and support our time-tested professional learning approaches to ensure NTC unlocks underserved students’ talents and opportunities.

The EEC will consist of experts in education and equity, students, teachers, and system leaders.

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