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New Teacher Center Mentor Practice Standards

Over the last 20 years, New Teacher Center (NTC) has worked with teachers, teacher leaders, schools and school districts, researchers, state agencies, policy-making organizations, and a range of educational institutions to define the characteristics and fundamental elements of high-quality mentoring.

NTC’s Mentor Practice Standards accelerate the development of new teacher effectiveness, improve teacher retention, build teacher leadership, increase student learning, and support equitable outcomes for every learner. These standards are carefully framed to support maximum impact on teaching and learning, regardless of context.

The release of the Mentor Practice Standards comes directly after the publication of NTC’s Teacher Induction Program Standards, which identified the essential programmatic elements that districts can implement to best support new teachers.


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.

What we do

New Teacher Center is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving student learning by guiding a new generation of educators. We have made it our mission to overcome challenges teachers and students face by providing all educators with the support and resources necessary to succeed from their first day to their last.

By working in conjunction with school districts, state policymakers and educators from across the country to increase the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders at all levels, NTC has developed a series of results-oriented programs that align with district learning goals and address teacher induction, instructional coaching and school leadership development. All of these programs take place on premises within local school environments.