Skoll Foundation


New Teacher Center

Skoll Entrepreneur(s): Ellen Moir
Award Year: 2011
Focus Area(s) Addressed: Education and Economic Opportunity

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Moir, a longtime teacher and educator of teachers, founded the New Teacher Center (NTC), which improves student achievement in American public schools. NTC does this by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers, specifically those who work with low-income, minority and English as a second language (ESL) students. Its mentorship and professional development programs provide support and guidance to novice teachers in the early stages of their careers, as well as to principals and administrators. NTC also influences policy at the district, state, and federal levels. It is the only national nonprofit in the US that is focused on new teacher effectiveness and inducted 26,818 teachers and 1,762 new and experienced principals (reaching 1.84 million students) in 2009-10.


  • In the 2012-2013 school year, New Teacher’s services reached 5,702 mentors, 23,193 beginning teachers and about 1.6 million students.
  • In June 2014, they announced an innovative new web site,
  • From 2010 to 2013, its total reach has been 17,643 mentors, 62,941 beginning teachers and 4.4 million students.
  • In Dec. 2013, Business Roundtable named New Teacher Center one of five outstanding K-12 organizations.
  • Research into retention rates in Chicago Public Schools found that new teachers were nearly twice as likely to say they wanted to remain in their school when they had strong mentoring based on New Teacher Center principles. When new teachers also had strong support from school administrators and other teachers, they were 3-4 times more likely to want to remain in their school.
  • In the Santa Cruz New Teacher Project (SCNTP), which uses the New Teacher Center principles of induction, retention was 32% points better than the national average and 12% points better than California’s average. Rates of retention are even higher (up to 94%) when transitions to leadership roles are included.



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