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Planning for Dynamic Instruction Amid Recovery

Many schools have returned to in-person classes this spring, while some will continue online and hybrid formats until next fall. The need to mix-and-match approaches is the best we can do in a hopeful, albeit trauma-triggering time. Educators are tireless, reaching and serving students through it all. Whether used over the next few months or next school year, we’re sharing a few ideas, practices, and strategies for dynamic instruction during recovery. Let’s continue the conversation […]

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Teacher Appreciation Week, Every Week

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week. Over the last 357 deeply challenging days, educators filled gaps and stood courageously on the frontlines for our students, families, and communities. There have been no off-days. COVID-19 laid bare the many entrenched inequities in our education systems and society. Teachers — many days fueled by nothing more than superhuman resilience and a deep love for young people — brought care, compassion, and a joy for learning. Teachers did it through […]

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The Power of Relationships

In this post we’ll share the research and practices that highlight the power of relationships — being a part of a community ensures students feel safe, affirmed, and ready to learn. This blog post is the third in a series (see: post #1 and post #2) that can provide steps and considerations for building a supportive, empathy-led environment at your district or school. Learn how you can leverage relationship-building practices in your school communities. The […]

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How Have You Led with Empathy?

Today, we ask you to consider: why should we lead with empathy? This blog post is the second in a series (the first post is here ) that can help you consider, step by step, how to build a supportive environment that leads with empathy at your district or school. After exploring your students’ individual experiences, reflecting on the power of empathy in instruction is a natural next step. We know what’s at stake: reopening, […]

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Who Are Your Students?

This year, we all have faced an unprecedented global pandemic, natural disasters, and civil unrest. As we consider strategies for reopening schools and accelerating student learning, we must ensure that students and your school community members feel safe, cared for, and ready to learn. At NTC, we believe in the power of an Optimal Learning Environment — a framework that identifies mindsets, practices, and conditions for equity that reflect a commitment to prioritize the social, […]

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The Big Leap: Equity Starts Early

Professional learning with an antiracism lens for NYC early childhood leaders Early childhood education can be a launchpad for lifetime learners. Unfortunately, many communities lack access to early childhood and Pre-K programs nationwide. Districts scaling up to serve families face big obstacles in offering quality, equity-centered instruction. The New York City Department of Education’s (NYCDOE) Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) has been working to meet this need since 2014. In 2019, it partnered with […]

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One Way Districts Can Prioritize Students: Don’t Do Test Prep

The case for a different way to respond to standardized tests It’s the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools continue to attend to students’ urgent social, emotional, and academic needs as best they can while the promise of vaccines and the downward trend in cases bring hope. Meanwhile, the Biden administration recently announced that states must resume students’ annual testing this school year. States are responsible for finding flexibility in navigating assessments. Additionally, states, […]

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NTC Statement on Anti-Asian Hate and Violence

On March 16, the world witnessed a horrific hate crime: the murders of eight people in Atlanta, GA, including six Asian women. Acts of violence and verbal abuse against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have increased since the start of the pandemic, incited by racist, xenophobic, and discriminatory rhetoric. Stop AAPI Hate, an advocacy organization, reports over 3,800 incidents of hate against AAPI communities over the last 12 months. The U.S. has a long, […]

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The Big Leap: Here’s What We Heard at our Superintendent Roundtable

On March 4, New Teacher Center (NTC) hosted a panel discussion with four leading-edge superintendents from across the country. Our CEO, Dr. Desmond Blackburn, discussed proud and challenging moments amid a year-long pandemic, racial reckoning, and many challenges not found in the news. Our speakers shared their go-forward attitudes and approaches to drive positive change for students. You can access the full recording here. Check out all of our Big Leap content at our Support Hub, including […]

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How to Enable Play in Remote Learning

Young children learn through play. Research tells us play is essential for healthy brain development, and it can help children manage stress and recover from trauma. Children need to play more than ever during this difficult pandemic, but it can be hard to figure out how to bring it into a remote teaching space. Two Chicago Public School teachers shared their strategies for building play into their kindergarteners’ virtual experiences: Supporting students’ families to value […]

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