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.
The arrival of the new year brings hope.
That 2022 will be better, more joyful, and light-filled than 2021. But we also reflect on our community’s commitment and unrelenting focus as a foundation for a brighter future. Against an increasingly challenging backdrop, you continue to support students to access and experience the richness of learning that calls forward their talents, smarts, and gifts.
In recognition of a hard year of work, NTC will be closed December 20-31, 2021, and return on Monday, January 3, 2022.
The fire we light together warms us all and turns us toward shining days. We look forward to the new year and sustaining each other on the journey ahead. Be sure to read some of our stories from 2021 that celebrate students, educators, and the incredible community supporting equitable, rigorous, and empowering teaching and learning experiences.
Please be well, stay safe, and take care. Happy New Year.
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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.