A research-based curriculum
TNTP’s unique Teaching for Results curriculum helps people without a traditional education background translate their professional experience and content knowledge into rich and focused classroom instruction. TNTP’s evening seminars, led by outstanding teachers, emphasize proven approaches to improving achievement in schools where students lag several grade levels behind. Teachers learn to manage a classroom, understand and deliver the content their students must master, and use assessment tools and data to constantly check for learning and refine instruction.
Certification that means something
Just as teachers set high standards for their students, TNTP Academy sets a high bar for earning certification: a proven track record of success in the classroom. Once participants complete Teaching for Results and their first year teaching, TNTP Academy staff determine whether to recommend each candidate for state certification. TNTP’s holistic evaluation reflects multiple measures of performance – including principal observations and program completion – but places the greatest weight on student academic growth. Only teachers who are at least as effective as the average new teacher in their district will earn certification, and remain in the classroom.
Real results for students
TNTP Academy teachers are getting results. For four straight years, a state-sponsored study of teacher-preparation pathways in Louisiana (the longest-running TNTP Academy program) has found that TNTP-trained teachers outperform even experienced teachers in raising student achievement in core content areas including math, science and English language arts. In math, TNTP Academy teachers had a positive impact on student achievement that could even outweigh the negative effects of poverty. As The New York Times editorialized, “The findings suggest that high-quality programs like… TNTP have a big role to play in the effort to improve teacher preparation nationally.”