The New Teacher Project

A Good Idea


The New Teacher Project (TNTP) was founded in 1997 by teachers who wanted to address the issues of teacher shortages and teacher quality. The members of the project hold the theory that teacher quality is the single most important variable that schools can control in the effort to provide students with an excellent education, and that the introduction of top-quartile teachers to children from low socio-economical background can close and even eliminate the educational disparities.

Teacher recruitment programs established by the project utilize partnerships with school districts and states to provide an integrated approach to the recruitment, selection, training, and continued development of new teachers. The recruitment programs focus on shortage-area subjects such as math, science and special education, and for high-need schools struggling to raise student achievement. This is done by establishing outcomes-based, data-driven recruitment campaigns, inspiring candidates with compelling, high-impact recruitment messages and materials, using community outreach and other proven recruitment strategies.

The recruitment stage is followed by a selection process where candidates are placed in a number of challenging scenarios that enable to determine their capacities for leadership, problem-solving and continuous learning.

Goal / Mission

The New Teacher Project’s mission is to end the injustice of educational inequality by providing excellent teachers to the students who need them most and by advancing policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom.

Results / Accomplishments

Since its inception, the New Teacher Project has trained or hired approximately 37,000 high-quality teachers for disadvantaged schools across the country. In 2009, 85 percent of all teachers hired through TNTP's Teaching Fellows programs were in the critical shortage area subjects such as math, science and special education.

Teachers recruited or trained by TNTP have benefited an estimated 5.9 million students over the course of their careers.

About this Promising Practice

Primary Contact
Kristal Shropshire
186 Joralemon St., Suite 300
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 233-2800
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Children, Teens