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Dear Colleagues, The New Teacher Center is an award-winning national organization promoting Mentoring Teaching Assistance and Training Programs for beginning teachers nationwide. Founded by Education Professor Ellen Moir from University of California at Santa Cruz years ago, it has expanded into its own independent nonprofit pre-eminent "Teacher Induction Program" in the country, recently receiving the prestigious international Skoll Foundation Award for Social Entrepreneurship for its outstanding achievements in promoting Excellence in Public Education and Advancements in Social Equity. www.newteachercenter.org and they also have a new Facebook community page... with this current information: “Ellen Moir put her teaching experience to work for all educators,” said Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation. “New Teacher Center’s innovative mentoring and training programs are keeping beginning teachers in classrooms where they belong, and helping ensure that state and federal policies line up with the needs of educators and students.” New Teacher Center develops, implements and advocates for comprehensive induction systems for new teachers to improve their effectiveness, retention and leadership and raise student achievement. The organization’s goal is to improve student learning by supporting the development of an inspired, dedicated and highly qualified teaching force. It is a leading national nonprofit in the US that is focused on new teacher effectiveness and inducted 26,818 teachers and 1,762 new and experienced principals in 2009-10, reaching 1.84 million students. “I’m honored to receive this award,” states Moir. “The link between social equity and new teachers is clear. Inexperienced new teachers are often disproportionately assigned to hard-to-staff classrooms in urban or rural areas that that serve the most disadvantaged students. Our work to accelerate the effectiveness of those beginning teachers is about ensuring all students are given equal opportunity to succeed.” ********************************* And on a personal note, let me add that I had the honor and privilege of being one of her "Teaching Credential Students" when she was a Professor of Education at University of California, Santa Cruz...where it was immediately obvious to me that Professor Ellen Moir LED BY EXAMPLE!!! So it is no surprise to me that she went on to be The Founder and CEO of the New Teacher Center enabling her and her organization to make a Major Impact on Public Education in our Country. Check it out... Sincerely, Allen Berg Teacher