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NTC Symposium Day 2: Grow + Teach +Lead

By Tracy Kremer, New Teacher Center Director of Communication… Since the last day of our 19th Annual Symposium on Teacher Induction landed on Valentine’s Day, it was only fitting that Angela Maiers — author, educator, speaker and founder and CEO of Choose2Matter — kicked off her morning keynote with a heartfelt message: you matter. Later in the day, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools Alberto Carvalho posed a striking question at the start of his […]

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NTC Symposium Day 1: Calling for a Narrative Shift in Education

By Tracy Kremer, New Teacher Center Director of Communication… The 19th National Symposium on Teacher Induction, “Realize: Grow + Teach + Lead,” is off to a powerful start! District, school and state leaders – and educators at all levels – have all assembled for our annual conference to hear how fellow education leaders across the country are solving some of their most pressing challenges. We kicked off our first full day with keynotes from our […]

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Change the Odds by Developing Teacher Leaders

By Lynn Kepp, Sr. VP Strategic Partnerships …  Teachers who leave the profession have indicated that they quit, in part, because of lack of shared-decision making roles and opportunities to lead, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The message is clear: districts can retain top talent and help change the odds for students by giving accomplished teachers the opportunities they crave to step into leadership roles. Leadership roles can expand the reach […]

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How My Mentor Gave Me the Confidence to Advance My Career and Make a Difference

At New Teacher Center, we are working to change the odds for students by providing educators at every level with the support necessary to succeed with students from their first day to their last. Here’s a story of how one woman changed careers to become a teacher, and gained confidence from her NTC mentor to stretch out of her comfort zone and make a difference for kids. By Sara Chapin Compared to others entering the […]

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My First Year of Teaching was Nothing I Had Envisioned

At New Teacher Center, we are working to change the odds for students by providing educators at every level with the support necessary to succeed from their first day to their last. Here’s a story of how one of our mentors aided a bright new teacher in Los Angeles by helping him overcome common struggles, try out new approaches and ultimately bring his lesson ideas to life. By Zachary Cote My story is probably not […]

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Upping Teacher Pay Is Only Part of the Solution

By Anne Udall, NTC Chief Strategy Officer —  Emily Deruy, senior associate editor for The Atlantic, recently interviewed some former teachers about why they quit. The number one answer she heard: a lack of support. Her article, Just Paying Teachers More Won’t Stop Them From Quitting, dives deep into the issue of teacher retention in response to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute that says, “providing adequate wages and benefits is a crucial tool […]

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