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NEW TEACHER CENTER

Fostering Educator Understanding and Support of Learner Variability

The New Teacher Center (NTC) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers, experienced teachers, and school leaders. Its grant supports identifying, piloting, and evaluating the impact of mentor practices that help teachers build the academic and social-emotional success of students with learning differences in order to disseminate those practices throughout its network.

“After taking a learning survey myself, and then administering it to my students, I found that I was mostly teaching to the students who learned just like me…it was eye-opening to see the level of engagement increase as I planned and executed lessons that were more focused on my students' learning strengths.”

– Anna L., New Teacher

 

FACTS & FIGURES

 

  • 92% of mentors in a pilot study reported that teachers they worked with became more aware of their students’ individual learning needs and used that knowledge to improve their instruction.

  • 100% of mentors concluded that sharing their knowledge around supporting all learners was not limited to teachers in the pilot study, but that it positively impacted all of their teachers’ practices.

 

 

AWARD DETAILS

For information about this grant, please visit our Grant Database.

 

 

 

STRATEGIC PRIORITY AREA

1.  Strengthen teacher capacity

 

 

 

SPECIAL TOPIC COVERED

- 1 in 5

 

 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Tool

 

Online Course

 

CONNECT WITH US

 

Contact person for Oak LDP grant

Name: Sharon Grady

Position:

Email: sgrady@newteachercenter.org

 

 

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What have you accomplished through your Oak-funded programme that you’re most proud to share with your colleagues?

 

The greatest accomplishment of the Oak-funded programme has been to reach students, teachers, mentors, and leadership throughout NTC's network. The Oak-funded programme gave NTC the opportunity to build strong internal capacity around learner variability (LV) and this heightened awareness was pivotal to NTC prioritizing an emphasis to support variable learners across both students and adults, inside and outside of the classroom.

 

 

What’s the most interesting challenge your Oak-funded programme currently faces?

 

The greatest challenge has been identifying the appropriate level of LV knowledge and supports needed to impact mentor practice in support of learner variability in our teachers’ classrooms.

 

 

ABOUT THE ORGANISATION

 

New Teacher Center (NTC), established in 1998, was founded on the belief that when new teachers are prepared and supported in their first years in the classroom, more will stay in the profession, and at a higher skill level.  NTC works with school districts and state leaders to build, support, and sustain results-oriented programs that increase the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders at all levels. NTC’s model develops mentors, coaches, and school leaders who become powerful educators on a long-term trajectory of professional learning. To date, NTC has developed over twenty-five thousand mentors who have coached ninety-six thousand teachers, reaching nearly 7 million students. A randomized control trial conducted for the Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) grant has shown that NTC-supported teachers demonstrated higher proficiency in engaging their students, and students earned better scores on end-of-grade tests than their non-NTC-supported peers.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE OAK FUNDED  PROJECT

 

With Oak’s support, NTC is integrating learning differences awareness and teaching strategies into its training system. NTC has committed to continuing to build its knowledge and mentor-training skills in the area of learner variability, making them a prime partner in achieving Oak's vision of increasing the number of educators and learning environments that expect, embrace, and respond to learning differences. NTC is identifying promising and proven coaching and teaching practices that support diverse learners (and likely all learners). They will then test the most promising of these approaches in one or two NTC partner districts to assess overall impact, and then refine existing Teacher Induction and School Leader product lines to include learner variability approaches.

 

 

 

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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

 

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