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New Teacher Center Awarded $750,000 Grant to Support Educators in Huntsville City Schools in Partnership with the Toyota USA Foundation

NTC CEO Tommy Chang with Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Clarence Sutton
NTC CEO Tommy Chang with Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Clarence Sutton

New Teacher Center (NTC) was awarded a $750,000 grant to support student-centered instructional coaching as part of Toyota’s $6.7M investment to prepare Huntsville City Schools’ students for future careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The collaboration is part of Toyota’s Driving Possibilities initiative, a five-year phased rollout in select schools focused on PreK-12 education by building on existing programs nationwide. The long-term initiative aims to close educational gaps for students through innovative, hands-on STEM programming while addressing the essential needs of students and families.

Jason Puckett, president of Toyota Alabama, shared in their announcement that the heart of Driving Possibilities is to “collaborate with local schools, community partners and other businesses, to help students reach their full potential.”

NTC will partner with Huntsville City Schools (HCS) — a collaboration that started with 16 HCS teacher mentors in 2021 with the Alabama Department of Education — to provide deeper support to teacher mentors who support first through third year teachers. NTC’s model empowers teachers to align standards with Optimal Learning Environments — where teachers’ instructional design meets learners’ social, emotional, and academic needs with rigor and care via job-embedded professional learning. Over five years, we’ll collaborate to support the teaching practice of 1,750 teachers and outcomes for nearly 24,000 students in STEM.

“NTC is proud to be a part of this bold vision to promote student success and create powerful instructional cultures that prioritize rigor and care,” said Tommy Chang, CEO of New Teacher Center. “We know to achieve this, we’ll need to engage in two-way dialogue that nurtures positive and transparent community engagement. We are excited to take the next steps and work collaboratively to target coaching and mentoring support with Huntsville City Schools and Toyota. Together, we will increase teachers’ capacity and transform instruction so our kids have the learning experiences that will drive our communities to be places of innovation, wellness, and possibility.”

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