Board of Directors
NAATE's mission is to develop, leverage, and retain our nation's top-tier educators for improved student and school performance through an intense, advanced program of study that balances instructional mastery and leadership.
Teachers are at the heart of every school design and improvement strategy put forth in the K-12 sector, and yet, experienced, high performing teachers are rarely served in differentiated ways. Improved classroom practice, instructional mastery, peer-to-peer support and leadership, and ultimately retention of our best educators is the opportunity and the solution to school performance, particularly in our high need schools. Since 2009, NAATE has researched, designed and delivered intense residential programs of advanced study tailored to the unique needs and requirements of already high performing educators.
When differentiating for the performance and experience level of educators, new content and pedagogies can be effectively employed. NAATE has created a suite of programs and materials to develop educators as masterful instructors of students and high capacity leaders of their peers through discussion-based learning that is mindset shifting, practice deepening, high transfer and renewing.
From 2010 through 2019, NAATE delivered a series of intense, face-to-face residential programs of advanced learning for high performing teachers and formal school leaders. NAATE served over 1,000 educators from across the country in charter, district and faith-based schools. NAATE's approach focuses on mindset shifting, metacognitive pedagogies and content, curated from the worlds of theory and practice across the domains of Teaching & Learning as well as Supporting & Leading. In order to respond to the need for high quality professional development content tailored to the unique context of a full range of schools, NAATE has converted its core curriculum to embedded Field Modules for easier, lower cost access by a broader range of schools and educators. Learn more here.
[NAATE]'s creating this career platform and people are realizing their career potential. NAATE has been a very solid investment for us. We're not just cultivating great teachers, but the next generation of leaders in our organization"
– Dylan Gruver
Director of HR
Friendship Public Charter Schools
I have earned a Master's degree, National Board Certification, and attended countless workshops in and out of my school system. None of these programs has come close to impacting my teaching and my students' learning and development in the ways that the NAATE program has ... the community of teachers who participated in the NAATE program has been an invaluable resource throughout the year to continue learning and collaborating."
– Robert Leichner
High School Math Department Chair
Nationally Board Certified
Teach for America Alumni Award Winner for Excellence in Teaching
West Mecklenburg High School, Charlotte, NC
I can only describe this endeavor as the most rigorous, invigorating, applicable, and transformational experience of my career. The impact has been directly evident in my classroom practice as well as my engagement as a teacher leader in the community."
– Nationally Board Certified Middle School ELA Teacher Leader
I can't imagine anything changing my career as an educator quite as much as the [NAATE Program]... After my experiences with NAATE, I came home with fresh research-based approaches that reached my students on completely different levels... Not only did each student in my class exceed their own predicted scores, they all showed a high level of growth."
– High School Science Teacher
Nationally Board Certified, Coach