12 May 2015

Traveling to New York City to see New Teacher Center’s work in the South Bronx involved a whirlwind schedule of interviews, shadowing mentors, and sitting in on professional development sessions with principals, mentors and parents. The itinerary had one brief window of opportunity for a personal adventure. I seized the moment, and the moment set a theme that resonated throughout the week’s work.

19 Mar 2015

Broward County Public Schools Chief Talent Development Officer Elisa Calabrese and her colleagues had an “aha” moment in 2012. They realized that if they were serious about human capital development and creating a highly effective teaching workforce, they needed to get serious about a unified and cohesive coaching model.

14 Jan 2015

In her book, Building a Better Teacher, Chalkbeat's Elizabeth Green sparked many thoughtful conversations by asking, "Are great teachers born or made?" In this post, New Teacher Center Policy Director argues there is no such thing as a finished product when it comes to highly effective teachers, and that we need policies and systems that support the growth of all teachers. 

13 Nov 2014

I greeted the teachers as they arrived for the beginning teacher after school professional development (PD). They were friendly as they greeted me, but most of all, excited to see each other. The room buzzed!

15 Sep 2014

New Teacher Center has identified five common “tensions” that mentors experience when they assume their new role: building a new identity; developing trusting relationships; accelerating teacher development; mentoring in challenging contexts; and learning leadership skills.