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Francis W. Parker Charter Essential (District)

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Todd A Sumner, Charter School Leader
Mailing Address: 49 Antietam Street
Devens MA 01434
Web Site:
Organization Type:Charter District
Educator Preparation Program Contact: Ruth Whalen Crockett
Educator Preparation Program Contact Phone: 978-772-3293
Educator Preparation Program Contact Email:
Mission and Vision Statement:New Teachers Collaborative prepares teachers to be successful in secondary schools (Grades 7-12) through a full-time, full-year apprenticeship model of teacher preparation. Using a cohort model to learn about and practice teaching, New Teachers Collaborative (NTC) is grounded in collaborative and reflective practice. Guided by the Coalition of Essential Schools Common Principles, NTC places teacher candidates in small, progressive schools designed to know students well and to develop the habits of using one's mind well. Through this educator preparation program, teacher candidates are placed in classrooms with students and alongside faculty from the very first day of school, co-teaching with master teachers and supported through a formal mentoring program.