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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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