Applied Materials Foundation Invests in the Teaching Profession
Underlying all of the Applied Materials Foundation investments in education is our belief in the vital role that teachers play. We invest in the recruitment of the most promising candidates as well as support and professional development throughout their careers, and efforts to retain the very best educators. The quality of the induction and first few years of teaching can shape the long-term effectiveness of educators and determine if they persist in the profession.
Recently, the New Teacher Center (NTC) brought together more than 700 educators to highlight the critical link between teacher talent and student success at its annual symposium. Applied Materials is supporting the work of the New Teacher Center in four locations where the company has a presence – San Jose, Calif., Austin, Texas, Portland, Oregon and Kalispell, Montana. Education leaders examined effective strategies to accelerate and support teacher effectiveness in order to achieve equitable learning and social justice.
Two Applied Materials supported programs presented their work during symposium sessions. The Silicon Valley NTC team presented the collaborative learning communities effort in San Jose that provides beginning teachers opportunities to develop their skills alongside talented, veteran teachers. NTC mentor Tammy Phuong from Austin Independent School District presented the power of a coteaching strategy that enables experienced mentors to skillfully guide the development of novice teachers. The work in Austin was also profiled by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center and featured on the cover of its publication, “Teachers Are the Center of Education: Mentoring, Teaching, and Improving Student Learning.”
The New Teacher Center is a national organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of teachers and school leaders. NTC strengthens school communities through proven mentoring and professional development programs, online learning environments, policy advocacy, and essential research. At a briefing for NTC funders during the symposium, NTC CEO Ellen Moir and board members Lance Fors and Marshall Smith reported on their impact to date – which has reached nearly 27,000 teachers and their 1.8 million students. They also laid out their future plans to double their impact over the next three years, which will build upon their sustainable fee-for-service financial model that leverages the philanthropy of NTC’s supporters. We intend to continue to support Applied Materials communities through support of this best-in-class organization.
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