About Us


TNTP is a national nonprofit committed to ending the injustice of educational inequality. Founded by teachers in 1997, TNTP works with schools, districts and states to provide excellent teachers to the students who need them most and advance policies and practices that ensure effective teaching in every classroom.

Every year, millions of students fall behind

Nationwide, poor and minority students receive a second-rate education. By the end of high school, most African-American and Hispanic students are years behind their White peers, reading and doing math at an eighth grade level. In urban areas, half of students won’t graduate at all, closing the door to a college degree or a middle-class living. Instead of being engines of opportunity, too many schools lock in grave social inequalities.

Great teachers have the power to change lives

Every child is born with the potential to learn. For eight hours a day, nothing unlocks that potential like a great teacher. Decades of research prove that the teacher has a greater impact on student achievement than any other school factor, including class size. A few years with effective teachers can put even the most disadvantaged students on the path to college; a few years with ineffective teachers can deal students an insurmountable academic blow (Jordan, Mendro and Weerasinghe, 1997).

Our education systems take teachers for granted

Fulfilling the promise of public education means giving all students effective teachers. Yet our school systems and the institutions of the teaching profession have ignored differences in teacher effectiveness for decades, failing to distinguish great teaching from good, good from fair, and fair from poor. As a result, schools can’t recognize excellence, help teachers improve, or respond to poor performance. In what other profession do we care so little about people who matter so much?

TNTP focuses schools, districts and states on effective teaching

Teachers change lives – they deserve a profession that expects excellence. TNTP is constantly innovating to give more kids access to great teaching. We recruit and train effective new teachers, build better teacher evaluation systems, help school leaders nurture and reward excellent instruction, and advance smarter teacher-quality policies. Together with teachers, principals, education leaders and policymakers nationwide, we believe we can build a thriving teaching profession that gives everyone – teachers and students – more great days at school.

TNTP Re-imagine Teaching