New Teacher Center hosts annual symposium January 30-Feb. 1

The New Teacher Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will host its seventh national symposium, Discover the Power of Teacher Induction, January 30-February 1 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose.

This year's program includes three themes central to induction: Quality Mentoring, Professional Identity and Leadership, and Equitable Learning and Social Justice. The program integrates presentations on research, policy, practice, and technology. The symposium includes distinguished keynote addresses, featured speakers, pre-conference workshops, and 64 concurrent sessions. In addition to educational and networking opportunities, the symposium bookstore offers a selection of publications authored and suggested by presenters and New Teacher Center (NTC) staff.

More than 700 mentor teachers, professional developers, induction program coordinators, administrators, teacher educators, researchers, and policy makers from across the country will attend the pre-conference and two-day symposium. These educators recognize the importance of supporting their newest colleagues.

"Our annual symposium provides a forum for educational leaders to come together to create a new vision for the teaching profession, and to consider how induction systems and mentoring practices can move our schools and classroom practices towards equity and excellence," said NTC Director Ellen Moir. "Our work in teacher induction has the power to create ever-expanding ripples that can change the tide."

The NTC is a national resource center dedicated to teacher development and the support of programs and practices that promote excellence and diversity in our teaching force. The center is committed to creating professional environments for all teachers that encourage high pedagogical standards and opportunities for collaborative learning. The NTC is currently working in 31 states to design and implement systematic teacher induction programs focused on teacher quality, classroom instruction, and student achievement. In addition, NTC's work with researchers and policy makers is identifying ways to make teacher learning a centerpiece of school reform.

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