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Welcome and introduction

Educators feel increasing pressure to ignite the minds of students of all ages and backgrounds against absurd odds. The list of once-in-a-lifetime events we’ve all experienced continues to grow.

We can’t afford the risks and consequences of inaction; it tips the balance even further to conditions that will become unbeatable if ignored.

NTC is working alongside teams of people, from frontline educators to partners, to design something better. Together, we’re building a coalition of optimism, experience, diversity, research, and best practices, all aimed toward transforming outcomes. We’re going to meet the needs of this moment and the movement. We’ll do all of it with love and compassion, ensuring humanity is not lost in a rush to tackle the challenges ahead.

The Big Leap will elevate critical topics and provide community, conversations, and resources for action. We’ve heard you. In this period of instability and challenge fatigue, the Big Leap will share lessons learned and tools for impact.

Join us,
Desmond Blackburn, CEO

Featured event

Beyond Buying the Book:
Curriculum-based coaching

Tuesday, April 27 | 10am PST / 1pm EST

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) is one of the largest school districts in the US. That includes over 33,000 kids in Middle School alone. 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.

Educators make choices every day. How does a deep understanding of curriculum empower teachers from moment to moment, keeping students front of mind? Being able to lean on curriculum concepts will support bridging gaps in learning loss and create better alignment for lesson progressions.

This session will be a learning journey, walking through the challenges, solutions, and lessons learned as NTC and CMS established Professional Learning Communities for educators based on the new middle school math curriculum.

  • Brandy Nelson, Executive Director
    Learning and Teaching, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • RaChelle Perkins, Secondary Math Specialist
    Learning and Teaching, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Allison Paul, Associate Program Consultant
    New Teacher Center

REGISTER AND JOIN US

Beyond Buying the Book: Curriculum-based coaching

Tuesday, April 27 | 10am PST / 1pm EST

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) is one of the largest school districts in the US. That includes over 33,000 kids in Middle School alone. 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.

Educators make choices every day. How does a deep understanding of curriculum empower teachers from moment to moment, keeping students front of mind? Being able to lean on curriculum concepts will support bridging gaps in learning loss and create better alignment for lesson progressions.

This session will be a learning journey, walking through the challenges, solutions, and lessons learned as NTC and CMS established Professional Learning Communities for educators based on the new middle school math curriculum.

  • Brandy Nelson, Executive Director
    Learning and Teaching, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • RaChelle Perkins, Secondary Math Specialist
    Learning and Teaching, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Allison Paul, Associate Program Consultant
    New Teacher Center

REGISTER AND JOIN US

Looking at risk and reward

The Big Leap will elevate critical topics and provide community, conversations, and resources for action. We’ve heard you. In this period of instability and challenge fatigue, we’ll share lessons learned and tools for impact. Our blog provides a sharp focus on specific “big leaps” that accelerate students’ and educators’ success and well-being.

Recent posts:

Missed a webinar session? Misplaced one of our tools or resources? All of our Big Leap content is archived here for repeat viewing, sharing, and ease of access.

Building antiracist practices in leaders

Tuesday, March 30 | 10am PST / 1pm EST

Our second session featured how two NYC educators engage in the challenging and exciting work of applying antiracism theory into practice each day. They shared approaches (and barriers) to start building a culture of antiracist practices in classrooms and school communities.

Who:

  • Dr. Dawn Brooks DeCosta, Principal, Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School
  • Marques Rich, Assistant Principal of Administration, The Metropolitan Soundview High School
  • Keisha Rattray, Director of Program Strategy and Delivery, New Teacher Center

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Readings and resources:

Superintendent roundtable: no filters, just real talk

Thursday, March 4 | 10am PST / 1pm EST

Our kick-off session featured NTC CEO Desmond Blackburn moderating a “real talk” conversation with leading-edge superintendents from Baltimore to Houston. You can read a recap here.

Who:

  • Chancellor Dr. Lewis Ferebee (DC Public Schools)
  • Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins (Orange County Public Schools)
  • CEO Dr. Sonja Santelises (Baltimore City Public Schools)
  • Area Superintendent Dr. Geovanny Ponce (Houston ISD)

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Readings and resources:

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