New Teacher Center receives $19.9 million federal i3 grant
New Funding To Accelerate Effectiveness of New Teachers in High-Need School Districts
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. January 7, 2016. New Teacher Center (NTC), a national non-profit dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers, experienced teachers and school leaders, today announced that is has received a highly competitive federal Investing in Innovation (i3) Scale Up grant. The $19.9 million grant will fuel the continued expansion of NTC’s successful new teacher effectiveness work in high-need school districts, including Broward County Public Schools (FL), Fresno Unified School District (CA), New York City Department of Education (NY), Polk County Public Schools (FL), San Francisco Unified School District (CA) and Miami-Dade County Public Schools (FL).
More than 400 applications were submitted for the highly sought after i3 grant in 2015, with only 13 recipients selected. NTC will use this grant over the course of five years to serve nearly 117,000 K-12 students and more than 1,800 teachers, primarily in high-need schools. NTC received its first i3 grant, totaling $14.68 million, in December 2012, which allowed NTC to expand its reach and impact in Broward County Public Schools, Chicago Public Schools (IL) and Grant Wood Area Education Agency (IA).
“New Teacher Center recognizes that underserved schools often experience a revolving door of inexperienced new teachers, which can dramatically impact the quality of the education their students receive,” said Ellen Moir, founder and CEO, NTC. “This grant will provide us with the resources to give new teachers the onboarding support they need, ensuring continued professional growth at all levels. This type of hands-on help has been recognized for contributing to the advancement of teacher effectiveness and, by extension, the education of students in these high-need schools, which is exactly what this country needs right now.”
NTC accelerates the effectiveness of educators, from novice to experienced to school leaders, through research-based principles for job-embedded professional learning that have been developed over two decades of work with hundreds of school districts and state agencies. The organization’s comprehensive approach improves teacher effectiveness by enlisting accomplished teachers in honing new teachers’ skills and abilities, specifically those known to have the greatest impact on student learning. These principles have proven to reduce teacher churn as teachers grow more confident, which in turn, decreases both the tangible and intangible costs school districts often face when it comes to high churn rates, including compromised morale, low student achievement and the financial impact associated with recruiting and hiring new teachers. NTC helps district partners sustain high-quality programs over the long term by building their ability to lead the work themselves, and developing educators who continue to employ the proven principles learned over the course of their careers.
The Investing in Innovation Fund, established as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), provides funding to support partnerships between local educational agencies and nonprofit organizations. The program awards grants that promote the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, and increasing college enrollment and completion rates.
In November, NTC’s was named a top-rated application for the 2015 i3 grant fund. NTC became an official grantee after securing required matching funds from the private sector.