New Teacher Center (NTC) is a service organization committed to improving student outcomes by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school leaders. They are also our client and have been since we first launched Torsh TALENT, our teacher professional development platform, back in 2012. Earlier this week, our colleagues Courtney Williams (CEO) and James Jackson (Manager of Business Development) traveled to California to attend NTC’s 19th National Symposium on Teacher Induction. This annual event was held February 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport and drew hundreds of school leaders from across the country.
Our long-standing partnership with NTC and our shared mission – to improve student outcomes by training great teachers – make this event a “must attend” on our annual conference calendar. This year’s theme was “REALIZE: Grow + Teach + Lead.” The symposium’s purpose was to bring together leaders in education to share best practices for developing a well-trained and highly-effective teaching workforce. Some of the topics or “tracks” covered this year included Mentoring and Coaching, Equity and Access and our personal favorite, Innovation in the Field.
Certainly, a highlight for Courtney and James was sitting in the audience while our friends at NTC presented on the topic of “Leveraging Video to Support Teacher Learning.” In this session, members of the NTC team shared “best practices, strategies, and research on how the Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project, a face-to-face mentoring model, is leveraging video to support ongoing teacher and mentor learning.” Team members highlighted how they utilize Torsh TALENT in their ongoing work.
A former Teach for America recruiter before joining our sales team at Torsh, James had this to say upon returning to the office after the symposium: “To sit in an audience and hear our clients talk about their positive experiences with Torsh TALENT is incredibly motivating. I’m very proud that an esteemed organization like NTC continues to derive value from our platform… so much so, that they share it as a best practice.”
Congrats to NTC for hosting another successful symposium this year. And congrats to the entire Torsh team. Together with our clients, we are truly having an impact in the field of education. Keep up the great work!