a Message from the New Teacher Project

We wanted to share the full text of Nina Bhatia’s letter from our January alumni blast with you all. Great things are happening with The New Teacher Project and it’s always great to hear from an insider. Nina Bhatia is a former Breakthrough teacher and director (of the Breakthrough Austin program) and below she talks about how you can get involved with opportunities in education in the classroom and outside of the classroom.

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Greetings! As a former Breakthrough teacher and director, I wanted to reach out to you to see if you, or talented friends of yours, are interested in opportunities with The New Teacher Project (TNTP). TNTP is a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the achievement gap by ensuring that poor and minority students get outstanding teachers.

TNTP addresses the achievement gap in many different ways. There are five different business lines that are dedicated to running programs to address teacher supply, placement, training and certification, as well as addressing policy barriers that affect school districts and creating new, innovative programs to best serve school districts. There are also four central teams that support all of the business lines: communications and development, information technology, human resources, and finance. Specifically, our Teaching Fellows programs are focused on increasing the number of outstanding individuals who become public school teachers to increase student achievement around the country.

Since 1997, we have worked with several school districts to create high quality programs for new teachers seeking an accelerated, alternate route into the classroom. These programs are currently accepting applications for the 2009-2010 school year, and each one is designed for outstanding individuals of all backgrounds who want to take action to close the achievement gap by teaching in high-need classrooms in its city. Accepted candidates will work towards their certification while teaching full-time in their own classroom. The mission of each program is to select and train outstanding new teachers dedicated to a career in teaching.

Because you have already demonstrated your desire to help close the achievement gap, and your commitment to educational excellence, we hope that you will click below for more information on each of these opportunities. Please note that each program requires candidates to complete a specific application for its location.

If you know of other individuals who may be interested in becoming teachers in high-need communities, please forward this information to them.

If you are interested in a high-impact career in education outside of the classroom, please go to our website at www.tntp.org/join.html. We currently have full- and part-time opportunities across the country. If you have questions about staff positions at TNTP, please contact jobs@tntp.org.
Please visit our homepage, www.tntp.org for more information about us.

Thank you,
Nina Bhatia
Site Advisor, Recruitment
The New Teacher Project

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