12 Education Activists for 2012

| TIME: School of Thought | Andrew Rotherham

Ariela Rozman: The Operator

TNTP, which until recently was called The New Teacher Project, is arguably the most impactful education nonprofit of the last decade. Its devastating reports, which include deep dives into such arcane but vital topics as how few teachers ever receive a negative evaluation or the dysfunction of human-resource departments in urban school districts, have demonstrably changed national and state policy.

But TNTP isn’t just a think tank; the teacher-training programs it runs for multiple states and cities consistently outperform other options, including traditional colleges of education.

Rozman, as CEO, keeps the organization humming along. She’s a known commodity among insiders but far from a household name even in the education world. Other senior players at TNTP get the exposure, but they’re all quick to cite Rozman as a linchpin of TNTP’s effectiveness and impact.

With teacher policy again at the forefront in 2012 — as states struggle to implement the policy changes of the past few years — Rozman and TNTP will have their hands full.

Rotherham, a co-founder and partner at the nonprofit Bellwether Education, writes the blog Eduwonk. The views expressed are solely his own.

Imali Ariyarathne, seventh-grade teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, stands in front of her students while introducing them to the captivating world of science

Imali Ariyarathne, seventh-grade teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, introduces her students to the captivating world of science.

About TNTP

TNTP is the nation’s leading research, policy, and consulting organization dedicated to transforming America’s public education system, so that every generation thrives.

Today, we work side-by-side with educators, system leaders, and communities across 39 states and over 6,000 districts nationwide to reach ambitious goals for student success.

Yet the possibilities we imagine push far beyond the walls of school and the education field alone. We are catalyzing a movement across sectors to create multiple pathways for young people to achieve academic, economic, and social mobility.

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