Educator Effectiveness: Enhancing Instructional Practices and Helping Students Succeed

The New Teacher Center’s (NTC’s) Continuum of Teaching Practice Core Capabilities is organized to describe what a teacher should know and be able to do. It provides a description of teaching that respects the diverse ways teachers pursue excellence in teaching and learning and is a tool for self-reflection, goal setting, and inquiry into practice.

With this Continuum summary, NTC is breaking down the research-based, key qualities of great, effective teachers and outlining HOW teacher induction and instructional coaching can combat the barriers to such educator qualities and take the steps to attract and retain effective educators.

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A teachers’ first year is difficult, there’s no denying it. With new classrooms, new schools, and new districts come entirely new classroom dynamics—some of which they might never have encountered in their preservice trainings. With new students come new challenges, new opportunities, and new teaching methods that must be implemented or even developed in the moment. Leaving new teachers the task of not only understand their own social and emotional competencies, but also their students’ and how all of it impacts classroom instruction.


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New Teacher Center (NTC) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders. Founded by teachers in 1998, NTC works in conjunction with school districts, state policymakers and educators across the country to provide all educators with the support and resources necessary to succeed from their first day to their last. NTC’s programs are built upon evidence-based principles for developing a talented and effective educator workforce, and are proven to accelerate teacher effectiveness, reduce teacher churn and improve student achievement.