September 30, 2002
UCSC's New Teacher Center to host 300 teachers
By Jennifer McNulty
Several hundred new teachers will be the guests of honor Monday, October
21, when the UCSC New Teacher Center teams up with the Children's Discovery
Museum of San Jose to honor and encourage them at a festive reception
at the museum.
More than 450 new teachers are getting support from the Silicon Valley
New Teacher Center this school year, and the reception will welcome
them and introduce the new teachers to the museum's interactive exhibits
and staff resources.
"Research validates what we've known all along, which is that
good teachers are at the center of successful education," said
NTC executive director Ellen Moir.
The reception takes place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Children's Discovery
Museum, 180 Woz Way, in San Jose. Ellen Moir, executive director of
the New Teacher Center, and Connie Martinez, executive director of the
Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose, will deliver keynote addresses.
Teachers will learn about school-related programs and curriculum support
offered by the museum, and they will enjoy hands-on workshops based
on the museum's many interactive exhibits.
The UCSC-based New Teacher Center provides support for every new teacher
by teaming up each novice with an experienced mentor teacher who helps
them during their challenging first two years in the classroom. The
program's success is evident in the retention rates: About half of all
new teachers leave the profession within their first five years of service,
while the New Teacher Project has a documented retention rate of 95
The New Teacher Center is dedicated to improving student learning by
supporting the development of an inspired, dedicated, and highly qualified
teaching force. The center serves 750 new teachers in 27 school districts
through the Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley New Teacher Projects and the
Santa Cruz County Office of Education. The Silicon Valley New Teacher
Center opened in 2000 in the UCSC Extension Center at 10420 Bubb Road
Since opening in 1990, the Children's Discovery Museum has been a unique
center for learning and discovery for children, families, and schools.
More than 4 million visitors have explored its interactive exhibits
that invite self-directed, open-ended explorations. The museum was recently
rated in the top 10 children's museums in the nation by Child
magazine (February 2002) and received the National Award for Museum
Service bestowed by First Lady Laura Bush.
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