New Teacher CenterNew Teacher Induction Program & e-Mentoring for Student Success
New Teacher Center (NTC) is a national non-profit dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers and school leaders. NTC works with schools, districts, state policymakers, and educators across the country to develop and implement induction programs aligned with district learning goals. NTC induction programs include one-on-one mentoring and professional development, all taking place within school environments that support new teachers. Last year alone, NTC worked with 6,300 mentors to induct more than 26,000 new teachers.
What They Needed:
- A tool that allowed new teachers to capture, share, annotate and securely store video observations with coaches and mentors, including participants in their e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS) program, an online mentoring program for new teachers.
- Additionally, NTC wanted to provide tools for mentors serving new teachers face-to-face to enhance observation, self-reflection, and sharing of practice between mentors and new teachers.
How They Use Torsh TALENT:
- NTC uses Torsh TALENT's API to enable single sign-on integration with their Learning Zone portal.
- NTC provides fully transcribed videos for hearing impaired mentors and teachers through Torsh TALENT’s transcription service.
- NTC supports thousands of teachers across the country in more than 25 large school districts using Torsh TALENT's remote coaching abilities.
- Video observations are now a key component of NTC’s two primary programs; prior to Torsh TALENT, videos were optional.
- Torsh TALENT, as a part of eMSS, is being used for video-based mentoring programs in rural districts.
In Their Own Words:
“Prior to using Torsh Talent, conducting video observations was very difficult. Sharing a 15 minute video cannot be done through email, and we did not want to use a public site to store our videos either. Plus trying to view a classroom live through Skype, Facetime or Google Hangouts was challenging due to different time zones and Internet connections at schools. [Additionally] ... video observations had been optional for our teachers, because of all the challenges that come up with conducting a video observation. Now it is a part of the expectations and all of our beginning teachers are using TALENT to conduct video observations with their mentors."
– Marc Dembowski, Online Learning Specialist