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  • Awarded: 2011
  • Issue Areas: Early Childhood to Primary Education · Education · Secondary Education
  • Countries Served: USA
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  • About the Organization

    New Teacher Center (NTC) seeks to reduce the achievement gap in American schools by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and principals, through comprehensive mentoring and professional development programs.

    NTC partners with school districts, policymakers, and leaders in education to implement induction programs that build leadership capacity, enhance working conditions, improve teacher retention, and transform schools into vibrant learning communities.

    Their induction programs include one-on-one mentoring and professional development, all taking place within school environments that support new teachers.

    NTC believes that when we focus on teachers, students succeed. New teachers and administrators are typically placed in difficult assignments in hard-to-staff schools. Many of their careers will not survive this trial by fire.

    Yet, it is these schools, and the low-income and students of color that attend them, that stand to benefit the most from excellent teaching. Improving teacher effectiveness delivers on the promise of public education and helps close the achievement gap in American schools.

    Assigned to the most difficult classrooms, half of new teachers leave the profession within five years, leaving behind the students most in need of stability.

    NTC pairs talented and inexperienced teachers with experienced, veteran teachers who guide them through the crucial first two years.

    Ellen Moir intends to ensure that every district trains and mentors new teachers to deliver highest quality educational outcomes.

    5,700 mentors are working with 23,000 new teachers in 35 states, benefiting 1.6 million students.

    Ambition for Change

    Improve teacher quality and close the achievement gap by ensuring that every school district trains and mentors every new teacher to deliver highest quality educational outcomes.

    Path to Scale

    Demonstration and Uptake of Model into Existing Systems. Build mentorship programs into school district structure and funding systems

    Business Model

    Match new teachers with experienced mentors; advocate for adoption of mentor programs at state and national level.

    Sometimes having a champion makes all the difference. Ellen Moir was lucky to have a high school teacher who inspired her passion for learning and helped her become the first in her family to attend college. She founded the New Teacher Center to change the way new teachers are oriented to the profession, pairing talented and inexperienced teachers with experienced, veteran teachers who guide them through the crucial first two years. By 2010, the New Teacher Center had engaged 6,000 mentor teachers to work with 27,000 new teachers, providing 1.5 million students with a better chance to achieve by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers, especially those who work with low income, minority and English-learning students.

    Impact & Accomplishments

    • 5,700 mentors, 23,000 new teachers, 1.6 million students reached in 35 states and 250 school districts
    • Online program serving 600 new teachers
    • Other milestones include:
      • 2014 Brock International Prize in Education
      • Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship


    Cindy BrunswickSenior Vice President, Program Delivery, New Teacher Center
    Ellen MoirFounder and CEO, New Teacher Center
    Jenna WachtelDirector of Early Learning, New Teacher Center
    Kirsten WardSr VP Business Development, New Teacher Center
    Tracy KremerAssociate Director of Communication, New Teacher Center

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