Southern California Grant Abstracts - New Teacher Center

New Teacher Center

Santa Cruz, CA
December 2012

It is well established that teachers are the most important school-based determinant of student learning. New Teacher Center’s (NTC) induction model utilizes carefully selected and trained mentors, chosen from among the “best of the best” teachers in the district, to provide intensive instructional support to beginning teachers throughout their first two years in the classroom. Low-income students of color and linguistic minorities have the most to gain from a high-quality new teacher induction program. In December 2011, NTC won a multi-year contract to train 20 teacher mentors who are coaching 150 beginning teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) Educational Service Center (ESC) South. In preparation for expanding into additional ESCs to serve a total of 450 beginning teachers, NTC proposes to hire a local Los Angeles Director to oversee program quality, develop ties with the district’s stakeholders and funders, and provide the daily interface with LAUSD administrators, mentors, and teachers.

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