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New Teacher Center

By New Teacher Center
NTC elevates a range of voices from the field with the aim of listening and learning. Our community gathers to share steps for collective action to disrupt the predictability of educational inequities for systemically underserved students.
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NTC Voices: Grace Ayena + Mikayah Cheeks
High school seniors Grace Ayena and Mikayah Cheeks are part of the Chicago Public School's Student Voice Committees. Run through CPS’s Department of Equity, the student voice committees aim to give upper elementary through high school students leadership opportunities, improve school climate, and foster communication between adults and students. In addition to being active members of the student voice committees at their schools, Grace and Mikayah are also part of a district-wide high school leadership program, the Student Voice and Activism Fellowship, also known as SVAF. The fellowship is a year-long program where students participate in an intensive summer of learning and planning and take part in stakeholder meetings, conferences, and student-led events. Grace and Makayla have both been part of student-led professional development for adults. They shared their perspectives on how adults in schools can build trusting relationships and foster open communication with students, and what they wish their teachers knew about them.
April 28, 2022
NTC Voices: Alizea Daniels
Sixteen-year-old Alizea Daniels shares her experiences moving from a small school in a rural community on a reservation to a bigger middle school in a town of 40,000 in Northern Idaho. As a member of the Coeur d'Alene and Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, she also reflects on being an Indigenous student at a predominantly white high school and offers advice on how teachers can help Native students feel at home in their classrooms.
March 28, 2022
NTC Voices: Jonathan Fratz
Jonathan Fratz, 16, has more accomplishments on his LinkedIn as a 10th grader than most adults. Last year, Jonathan made a big change from middle school as he started at San Pedro Senior High School in San Pedro, California, part of the Los Angeles School District, in the middle of the pandemic. As a student with autism, he is passionate about advocating for his fellow students with disabilities in his school district and state.
February 10, 2022
Sarah Watkins - Value Add
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July 27, 2021
Sarah Watkins - Growth Mindset
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July 27, 2021
Markita Proctor
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July 27, 2021
Jennifer Siler
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July 27, 2021
James Littlejohn
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July 27, 2021
Heidi Foley - Supporting Teachers
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July 27, 2021
Heidi Foley - Spreading Equity
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July 27, 2021
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July 27, 2021
Clarissa Williams
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July 27, 2021
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July 27, 2021
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July 27, 2021
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July 26, 2021
Moving Education Forward
We close out our Revolution podcast series with a synthesizing conversation between Dr. Tanji Reed Marshall, from Education Trust, and Atyani Howard, with New Teacher Center. Tanji and Atyani reflect on key learnings from the past six months, distill the learnings down into actions, and offer insights into where our education discussions might go next. They also remind us that the intellect of every child matters- as does the intellect of our educators. Listen in to hear their reflections as we close out the year.
December 18, 2020
Follow the Breadcrumbs
In this bonus episode, hear from teacher Chrystal Seawood on how she builds relationships with students through deeply understanding who they are as students. She shares how she led with vulnerability through transitions brought on by the pandemic. Listen in to hear ways you can join Chrystal in following the breadcrumbs your students drop to show you who they truly are.
December 07, 2020
The Dynamic Dance Between Student, Teacher and Content
The revolution for our students must come through a focus on their learning and a pedagogy of empowerment. Join Zaretta Hammond and Dr. Tanji Reed Marshall on this episode to hear how teachers and leaders can ensure students are being given the cognitive tools to take agency of their own learning. Listen in as they explore a framework for getting ready for rigor, important leadership shifts to support educators, and issue a call to action for how we message the work with our students. Learn about ways you can support the dynamic dance between student, teacher, and content.
October 29, 2020
What Gets Measured, Gets Done
How do systems leaders remain grounded in the best practices for ensuring equity for each students in their schools? In this podcast, Dr. Lillian Lowery, Vice President of Student and Teacher Assessment at Educational Testing Service, shares strategies that systems leaders can leverage to support schools and teachers in remaining student-centered. She speaks to the importance of systems leaders gathering multiple types of data, listening to educators and students and analyzing data, and then utilizing the data to allocate resources and make decisions. Listen in to hear ways systems leaders can work in partnership with families and teachers for the success of students.
October 15, 2020
Check Your Data, Check Your People
How does our country need to change systems and structures to better support a diverse educator workforce? Eric Duncan, Senior Data and Policy Analyst on the P-12 team at The Education Trust, shares how to gather the data needed to move forward in recruiting, hiring, and creating an environment where educators of color thrive. He will share specific ways Boston Public Schools changed their policies to support diverse educators and suggestions for how system leaders can rebuild the trust of their educators. Listen in to identify ways you can work to support a more racially diverse educator workforce no matter what role you hold or the community where you live.
October 01, 2020
Ask and Listen to Serve
Professional learning needs to be cohesive and situated in the work of educators to be effective. Atyani Howard, Chief Program Officer for New Teacher Center, shares how we are exploring new ways to work with our partners in response to the context our educators and students are living in today.  Atyani pushes us to consider how critical it is to know the story of students in order to keep students at the heart of teaching and learning. Listen in to learn what you can start doing tomorrow to transform professional learning for teachers.
September 17, 2020
How Did Learning Happen?
How do we revolutionize relationships for students in our schools? Karen Pittman, Co-founder, President, and CEO for the Forum for Youth Investment, explores this idea and the role of community in our second Revolution podcast. Karen reinforces how learning has always been and will always be social and emotional, and it's the role of adults to create safe environments for our young people. Karen encourages us to ask ourselves how learning happened during the closure of school buildings as a way to expand our thinking of school success and how we might revolutionize relationships for students. Listen to Karen and learn how to bring your community together to best support our youth. Learn more about Karen and her work here:
August 31, 2020
Facing Our Values System
In this first episode of the Revolution podcast, Dr. Tanji Reed Marshall of The Education Trust, calls on each of us to face our values system and how our nation has allowed such deep inequities to exist in our schools. She explains revolutionary education to focus on the integration of the work our students are given and the relationships educators and students need to engage with each other. Dr. Reed Marshall calls on the adults in school to lean into anti-racism and she offers a series of questions for educators to ask themselves around what they're willing to stand up for and stand against in order to bring about educational equity for every student in our school. Learn more about The Education Trust at 
August 06, 2020
Season 2: The Revolution
Krysten and Erika are back to discuss the upcoming season of the New Teacher Center's podcast, The Revolution, in partnership with The Education Trust. Listen in for a sneak peek for what you'll hear in upcoming episodes.
August 05, 2020
Supporting School Leaders
Principals are on the front line in supporting students, teachers, and families. Hear how Mariah Cone, Vice President, School Leadership Development at Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, supported school leaders through the transitions required by Covid-19 building closures and their response to the call for anti-racist education and Black Lives Matter movement in their area. Mariah shares some of the strategies principals are using to collaborate with each other as well as how Alliance schools approached anti-racist education with students and teachers. In considering return to schools, Mariah shares how school leaders might focus their attention to the trauma response necessary when we return to learning this fall.
July 27, 2020
Sparking Curiosity
Fostering curiosity at school and home is one way for educators and caregivers to support the student learning at home. Hear Terra Tarango, Director of the Van Andel Institute for Education, speak to the importance of the three C's and how educators can attend to them during virtual learning. Learn about the resources provided by her organization and how to engage students in science while at home. Find the resources discussed in this conversation at:
June 18, 2020
Responding to Racism Remotely
Transitioning to the virtual space requires shifts in how teachers provide instruction and how they respond to events happening in broader communities, such as the most recent acts of police brutality in the United States. Hear Principal Thelma Sambrook share how her teachers engaged students in their own responses to racism. She also shares how she leveraged her digital butterfly staff to support their colleagues' development and ways she engages the community in deep conversation to respond to their needs. See more of her school in action on Twitter, @TDSB_Winona
June 18, 2020
Diamonds in Ft. Worth
Routines and rituals, like graduation, are foundational to the school experience. Hear how Tamara Albury (@AlburyTamara), principal at Young Women's Leadership Academy, transitions the experiences that matter to her community to a digital environment. Learn how she is currently leveraging these digital versions and how she plans to continue to use these once students and families return to school buildings.
May 28, 2020
Students, families, and staff at Dayton Leadership Academies have always been #DaytonStrong. In this podcast, hear from principal Tess Mitchner-Asinjo on how her school is engaging families and students through social media, planning for summer school, and ensuring students have access to instruction throughout the pandemic.  View some of their online engagement here.
May 21, 2020
Confronting Challenges in the Circle City
In today's episode, our guest is Eric McGuire, Director of Personalization, Matchbook Learning at Wendell Phillips School 63.   Matchbook Learning actively utilizes online instruction to engage students so when their doors closed due to Covid-19, they quickly pivoted to providing resources to keep online instruction happening. In this episode, hear how Eric McGuire works with his staff to ensure all students have access to internet at home, connects families to the school staff, and reimagines professional learning time so that staff can support each other. Learn more about their online experience here:
May 21, 2020
Down in the Bayou: Leading in Crisis from Baton Rouge
Our COVID-19 Resource & Community Support Podcast features education leaders from across the nation.  Our leaders work in schools and districts that are unique, yet face many similar challenges in leading during a global pandemic.  In these robust and candid conversations, you'll learn about each guest’s experiences, how they’re supporting academic and social-emotional learning, what’s keeping them up at night, and what is inspiring them to keep on working. Guests of the Week:  Maya Bennett, Director of Student Affairs, Basis Baton Rouge Charter School Roberto Ramirez, Head of School, Basis Baton Rouge Charter School
May 08, 2020
Our First Podcast: Beyond Buildings, Connecting Communities
We invite you to start here, with our very first episode!  You'll hear from Krysten Wendell, Director of School Leadership, and Erika Reese, Senior Director of Internal Learning, on why we started this series and what you'll learn along the way.
May 08, 2020
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July 01, 2019