Category: Commentary

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A Statement From New Teacher Center

We are incensed by the overt racism on display in our country since the brutal and unjust murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th. Yet, we also know these are not singular events. Black America has always experienced injustice and it is unacceptable that it proliferates so blatantly today. The NTC community refuses to be bystanders to this injustice. Racial discrimination, police violence, and the tensions created by a society still corrupted by […]

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Students at the Center

From Atyani Howard, Chief Program Officer, New Teacher Center As COVID sweeps the globe, American schools have been shuttered, diminishing the power of millions of children. In the midst of navigating my daily responsibilities as a leader and mother of twin boys, this moment has thrust me into deep reflection. I have been wondering what students across this country have to share that could serve as a catalyst for a more holistic and enduring response. […]

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We Need Good Teachers by Desmond K, Blackburn, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, NTC

Dear Grandma & Grandpa, I took your advice and became a teacher. I went further to become a leader of teachers. Now, I am working on developing an infinite stream of “good” teachers, support leaders, and systems that supplement their efforts. Thank you for the push!!!!! Your Grandson, Desmond  A Tale of Two Students More than 100 years ago on the small island of Jamaica, there was a little girl who absolutely adored school. She […]

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To Build Equity, Look to Early Childhood Education by Lisa Peloquin, Instructional Designer

Oak Park is a Chicago suburb known for its commitment to equity and celebrating the diversity of its citizens. We’ve seen this community embrace diversity throughout its history, while other cities did little to address the broadening representation of races, income levels, and professions among their citizens. In 1973, as neighboring Chicago struggled with racial tensions and “white flight,” the Oak Park Village Trustees created a policy statement, “Maintaining Diversity in Oak Park,” which hailed […]

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I am a teacher leader by Rashawn Williams, M.Ed., TRST, i3 Mentor, Professional Development, Polk County Public Schools 

When asked the question, “why do teachers need mentors and coaches?”, I reflected on my 2 years of being a teacher leader and mentor in my school district.  These are the words that came to my mind: I am a teacher leader. I question, clarify, and support. Mentoring language is my friend.  How I build and sustain relationships affects what coaching stances I can use with each of my teachers. I am a teacher leader. […]

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Moving from “I” to “We”

By Andrea Peters, Teacher Resources Specialist Trainer, Full Release Mentor, Polk County, Florida Teachers need mentors and coaches as they begin their career to help guide them from a developing teacher to a seasoned, effective professional. They need an advocate that will help them navigate their first years in education. Just as in any career, formative assessments and coaching (check-ins, actual, quality feedback and guidance) help professionals continue to grow and develop their craft. Without […]

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