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Case Study
Beyond Buying the Book: New Curriculum, New Support Systems

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) is one of the largest school districts in the US. That includes over 33,000 kids in Middle School alone. With 32 middle schools, using varying curriculums, CMS saw schools and students excelling at different rates. A systemwide assessment by CMS showed that math, especially in middle schools in higher-poverty areas, was a key opportunity area. CMS decided to unify the math curriculum across all schools as a way of eliminating one variable for inequity. The challenge was how to make implementation work for students and educators.

How do you...bring play into remote learning?

Incorporating play in a virtual classroom requires planning and set-up for success. Lisandra Barajas and Priscilla Lindsey, kindergarten teachers at Prescott Elementary School in Chicago Public Schools, share how they get kids prepared for play, where families can help, and how asynchronous playtime develops students' language and curiosity.

How do you...make remote learning fun?

Be inspired by theme days, virtual field trips, special guests, and cooperative play as you bring fun into remote learning. Lisa Rudin, a second-grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Oak Park, IL, led attendees in sharing ideas on creating variety and a sense of joyful learning for students.

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Laying the Groundwork

A Case Study of One District's Work to Bring Social and Emotional Learning to Life.

(R)evolution Campaign

The (R)evolution Campaign showcases educators’ professional expertise and experiences in ways that will evolve and revolutionize learning. Key topics include how we reopened schools, building trusting relationships, focusing on high-quality professional learning, and empowering system leaders. Through a series of webinars, podcasts, and blogs, we facilitated national conversations that drive action and enact change.

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Virtual Case Study with Corning Union Elementary School

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare existing inequities experienced by our nation’s students. While there are many uncertainties facing districts across the United States, of one thing we are certain: Classrooms do not look and feel the same. During this virtual case study, NTC and Corning Union Elementary District will share a roadmap they use to answer this question. Passcode: 9@y1!C@a

Counting the Cost: A Commitment to Educational Equity that Yields Returns

Our latest report uses data and results from the i3 Validation study conducted by SRI International as a foundation and in partnership with Metis Associates, Inc. to further explore what returns on investment on professional learning yields.

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Reopening Schools During a Crisis

Now more than ever, we must think expansively about how to optimize existing time to meet student and teacher needs and about how classroom and staffing models may need to be reconfigured to target individual attention, especially to struggling students.

Forward Press Template and Protocol

A template for school leaders to plan out specific, detailed action steps/tasks they want to accomplish toward their roadmap goals in the upcoming weeks. Leaders can refer back to the Effective Schools Framework to include effective school practices across all five domains (vision, culture, leadership, instruction, and systems). For each action step and the tasks/steps within the action step, leaders identify specific data sources or artifacts that will support and/or be used to monitor implementation.

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Leadership Networks: The Power of Peers

Networks are how leaders build the capacity and have support for implementation in order to enact that change. Developing the capacity of leaders to enact change that creates substantial student success and social justice can only happen at scale through intentional collaboration. We know that the most effective leaders connect with other leaders who are engaged in similar work and addressing similar complex problems. This article shares our experience from our field tests that networked leadership can be utilized as a district-wide strategy. Networked learning can make the sharing of effective leadership practices an intentional improvement effort for school leaders.

Case Study
Driving Quality Early Learning Through Coaching and Leadership

The case study highlights NTC's partnership with Pre-K 4 San Antonio that started in 2018. We worked together to create specialized training for elementary school principals and district leaders in partnership with San Antonio area districts.

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Networked Learning: Improving Principal Practice

The Alum Rock Union Elementary School District (ARUSD) sits in the East Side of San Jose, California, serving just under 11,000 students, and is comprised of fifteen elementary, three TK–8, and seven middle schools. NTC initially partnered with ARUSD to develop new teacher mentors and instructional coaches. In 2017–2018, NTC broadened its partnership with ARUSD to include all principals, assistant principals, and instructional coaches, as well as the academic services team that support the schools. This partnership with ARUSD has brought greater coherence to the systems that support schools and its school leaders through collaborative networks of learning.

Practice Brief
Evidence-Based Coaching: Key Drivers of Scalable Improvement District Wide

In spite of dedicated intellectual and financial investment in the education community, the opportunity gap persists. Evidence-Based Coaching: Key Drivers of Scalable Improvement District Wide surfaces key recommendations of how instructional coaching can be a key lever in improvement.

Churn: The High Cost of Principal Turnover

This report calls upon decision-makers and funders to prioritize principal retention efforts as equally important as principal pipeline development efforts.

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Facilitative Coaching Stems Chart Quick Chart

Utilize this coaching for results quick chart. You will be able to transition from questions to suggestions.

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Calculating the Effect of Principal Effectiveness and Attrition on Students

The purpose of this brief is to explicate the data and methodology that gives rise to the estimated impact, in student cumulative life earnings, of changes in principal effectiveness and attrition.

Case Study
Leading Through Standards-Aligned Frameworks Continuum

Strong instructional materials are as essential to a learning environment as chairs, books, and writing utensils. A strong, standards-aligned curriculum provides teachers the resources needed to provide all students with access to high-quality instruction.

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School Leadership Optimal Learning Community Continuum

An Optimal Learning Community reflects a school-level environment in which substantial student success and social justice are the norm. Effective teaching and learning can only happen when an Optimal Learning Environment is in place in every classroom. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

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Coaching for Results Continuum

Coaching is more than a practice in results focused organizations; it is central to the identity of the organization. Feedback aligned to frameworks is a driver of instructional change and the promotion of equity. Effective coaching is a relational vehicle for feedback. It includes a well-crafted message that considers the relationship with the audience and the context in which the message will be delivered.

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The Guide to Leading Equitable Change

Use this guide to help you answer if the change is happening at a rate fast enough to generate significant improvement and a place the organization can bare and more!

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Effective Schools Framework

The NTC Effective Schools Framework helps leaders bring coherence to school practices that make the most difference for student achievement. The framework is especially useful in supporting implementation of rigorous standards and focuses attention on critical academic, social, and emotional learning conditions. It provides common language and clarity about the characteristics and practices of effective schools that will substantially improve the learning environment and school community as a whole

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Instructional Leader Continuum

What is the purpose of an Instructional Leadership Team (ILT)? Why is an ILT important to the success of a school? Continuous professional learning and student growth is guided by an effective ILT. An ILT is of particular importance as school staff and communities shift to rigorous academic standards and supportive learning conditions. The ILT continuum is designed for school leaders at various levels of implementation, including launch, development, or refinement.

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Instructional Coaching Practice Standards

The Instructional Coaching Program and Practice Standards were developed to accelerate teacher effectiveness, build teacher leadership, increase student learning, and support equitable outcomes for every learner. The Instructional Coaching Program standards define the essential components of an effective coaching program that accelerates teacher effectiveness. Districts can then use the Instructional Coaching Practice Standards as a framework to implement these components in a strategic, quality practice.

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Instructional Coaching Program Standards

The Instructional Coaching Program and Practice Standards were developed to accelerate teacher effectiveness, build teacher leadership, increase student learning, and support equitable outcomes for every learner. The Instructional Coaching Program standards define the essential components of an effective coaching program that accelerates teacher effectiveness. Districts can then use the Instructional Coaching Practice Standards as a framework to implement these components in a strategic, quality practice.

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Teacher Induction Program Standards (TIPS)

NTC’s Teacher Induction Program Standards (TIPS) build upon and are informed by those many years of study, consultation, collaboration, and program implementation across many contexts throughout the United States and abroad.

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Integrating Academics with Social and Emotional Learning

This series of articles focuses on seven high-leverage social and emotional skills that students require to successfully engage in the critical thinking, discourse, and problem-solving the standards demand.

School Leadership Counts: School and teacher leaders increase student achievement

While the importance and impact of school and teacher leadership has been widely understood by policymakers and practitioners, the field has lacked a comprehensive, research-based analysis to identify the specific elements of school and teacher leadership that can increase student achievement.

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New Teacher Center Teacher-Mentor Model Increases Student Achievement

Students excel when we support our teachers. When teachers receive quality mentoring, students learn more— 2–4 months of additional learning in ELA/reading and 2–5 months of additional learning in math.

Capitalizing on ESSA Flexibility

The purpose of this policy brief is two fold. First, we aim to communicate a vision for school improvement that utilizes evidence-driven strategies focused on educator development and school and teacher leadership. Second, we seek to inform readers of the basic elements of ESSA, changes made to the federal k12 education law since the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, and approaches detailed in state ESSA plans submitted to the U.S. Department of Education

Impact of the New Teacher Center’s New Teacher Induction Model on Teachers and Students

SRI Education’s evaluation of the New Teacher Center’s (NTC’s) Investing in Innovation (i3) Validation grant revealed positive impacts of NTC’s induction model on student achievement in mathematics and English language arts.

Leverage ESSA As A Catalyst

Your state’s ESSA plan can be used as a catalyst to change the odds for students in your school district. Learn more about your states roadmap for education priorities for the next 5–10 years.

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Enhancing Instructional Practices and Helping Students Succeed

The New Teacher Center’s (NTC’s) Continuum of Teaching Practice Core Capabilities is organized to describe what a teacher should know and be able to do. It provides a description of teaching that respects the diverse ways teachers pursue excellence in teaching and learning and is a tool for self-reflection, goal setting, and inquiry into practice.

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Optimal Learning Environments

Effective teaching and learning can only happen when an Optimal Learning Environment is in place. Yet, what is an Optimal Learning Environment and how can educators foster this type of environment in their classrooms and schools?

New Teacher Center – Overview Video

New Teacher Center is working to deliver on the promise of public education, and help bring equality in education to all children across the country. See how.

New Teacher Center

When NTC was founded almost 20 years ago, we focused solely on new teachers. Our 2020 plan is four-year plan to focus our work and broaden our impact.

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A New Teacher Center Program Impact Plan

NTC programs focus on providing intense support that is centered on advancing teacher practice and student learning through a variety of stakeholders. We know that an essential key to delivering high-quality services across any of our programs is to ask the question,“How do we define success and measure impact to continuously improve?”

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How to Support Ongoing Learning : Mentor Forums

Mentor Forums, which provide mentors with a venue to develop their skills and their understanding of adult learning, constitute a key component of professional learning. Forums are led by experienced mentors with a deep understanding of the learning needs of mentors and beginning teachers.

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Beginning Teacher Learning Communities

While most beginning teachers seek and value opportunities for learning, they usually find themselves on overload—from lesson planning to extra curricular duties—often lasting into the night. So it is important that induction leaders provide Beginning Teacher Learning Communities (BTLC) that they find worthwhile.

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High Quality Mentoring & Induction Practices

A resource for education leaders seeking to create and/or improve induction programs with practices that support teacher retention, teacher development, and improved student learning

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Role of the Principal in Beginning Teacher Induction

The positive impact of a leader who creates a caring learning community focused on student success is evident to all, including beginning teachers. Research reveals that inadequate support from school administration is one of the three most often reported causes of a new teacher’s decision to leave the profession (Richard Ingersoll).

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Early Learning

NEW TEACHER CENTER provides a comprehensive and sustainable system of support for Early Learning teachers, coaches, and administrators by offering high-quality professional development opportunities that train educators to deeply understand early education, the developmental continuum for children and the value of an intentional learning environment that enhances instruction.

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Early Learning Leadership Program

NTC's EARLY LEARNING LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (ELLP) is designed to support school leaders in understanding early learning pedagogy and best practices as well as how to scaffold continuous teacher improvement.

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Professional Learning Series for Early Learning Coaches

The Professional Learning Series for Early Learning Coaches (PLS FOR ELC) is a two-year series for Early Learning Coaches designed to support the creation of high-quality Early Learning classrooms in which 3, 4, and 5 year old children develop the academic, social, emotional, and language skills they need to be successful.

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High Quality Mentoring & Instructional Coaching Practices

A resource for education leaders seeking to create and/or improve programs with practices that support teacher retention, teacher development, and improved student learning.

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Program Support Consultation and Thought Leadership Key

Spend time with New Teacher Center leveraging 20 years of induction and instructional coaching program development and implementation across national and international contexts, to discuss your local needs.

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School Leadership Overview

NTC offers partners a customized strategy to build district capacity for school leaders and key district leaders to implement an integrated and aligned school leader and teacher development system through a two-year engagement. This approach organizes school leaders to learn and improve their schools through networks of colleagues.

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Teacher Induction Overview

NEW TEACHER CENTER’S Induction Program transforms the professional growth trajectory for new teachers. We prepare your mentors to not only support but accelerate beginning teacher development. With a priority focus on equity, NTC offers one of the few professional mentoring models that has demonstrated statistically significant gains in student outcomes.

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Instructional Coaching Overview

NEW TEACHER CENTER’S Instructional Coaching model prepares instructional coaches to accelerate new and veteran teachers’ instructional practices through on-the-job coaching.

This resource page is brought to you with the generous support of Equitable Foundation, committed to helping educators find success in their professional and long term goals.