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Ellen Moir Named Purpose Prize Fellow

New Teacher Center CEO Ellen Moir Named Purpose Prize Fellow

SANTA CRUZ, CA (November 9, 2010) Civic Ventures today announced that Ellen Moir, chief executive officer of the New Teacher Center, is a 2010 Purpose Prize Fellow. Moir was recognized as a social entrepreneur over 60 who, in her encore career, is using her experience and passion to make an extraordinary impact on society’s biggest challenges. Now in its fifth year, the six-year, $17 million Purpose Prize program is the nation’s only large-scale investment in social innovators in their second half of life.

New Teacher Center is dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders. Moir, a passionate advocate for new teachers, was named a Fellow for her work growing the New Teacher Center into a national organization serving students and teachers throughout the country.

“Historically, we have put new teachers into their classrooms and closed the door. It’s sink or swim, and student learning is at stake. I believe it doesn’t have to be like that,” said Moir. “At the New Teacher Center, we are working to make sure every student in the country gets the best teacher possible,” she said. “It’s an honor to have this work recognized by Civic Ventures and the Purpose Prize program.”

Moir and the other 45 Purpose Prize Fellows of 2010 will be honored at the Purpose Prize Summit November 12-14 in Philadelphia.

Moir founded the New Teacher Center on the philosophy that great teachers are made, not born. The organization’s staff of over 150 works closely with educators and policymakers to make sure teachers work in supportive school environments and receive intensive, instructionally-focused, on-the-job professional development coaching known as new teacher induction.

“Purpose Prize Fellows show what’s possible in our communities — and the world — when experienced adults apply their passion and skill to improve the lives of others.” said Alexandra Céspedes Kent, Director of The Purpose Prize. “Imagine the potential for society if tens of thousands of adults focused their know-how on the social causes they are most passionate about — it’s a tremendous opportunity.”

The Purpose Prize, funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies and the John Templeton Foundation, is a program of Civic Ventures’ Encore Careers campaign, which aims to engage millions of baby boomers in encore careers combining social impact, personal meaning and continued income in the second half of life.


About Civic Ventures (
Civic Ventures is a national think tank on boomers, work and social purpose.

About The Atlantic Philanthropies (
The Atlantic Philanthropies are dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Their work is aimed at ageing, disadvantaged children and youth, population health, and reconciliation and human rights.

About the John Templeton Foundation (
The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for research and discoveries relating to what scientists and philosophers call the Big Questions. The Foundation supports work at the world’s top universities in such fields as theoretical physics, cosmology, evolutionary biology, cognitive science and social science relating to love, forgiveness, creativity, purpose and the nature and origin of religious belief.

About the New Teacher Center (
The New Teacher Center (NTC) is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders. Since 1998 the New Teacher Center has served over 49,000 teachers and 5,000 mentors, reaching millions of students nationwide.

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