Thandi Center, Director, New Teacher Center - New York City, oversees all programming, partnerships, and business operations for NTC in NYC. The New Teacher Center is a national organization that has partnered with districts over the past 20 years to train and develop instructional mentors and school leaders to accelerate new teacher effectiveness and retention. Over the past five years, Center has grown the NYC office from a small program serving 15 schools to a robust model serving 140 schools in the highest need and hardest to staff communities, primarily in the Bronx. Center has 20 years experience in the field of education, and previously served as NYC Program Director for Institute for Student Achievement, and as Senior Program Officer for Teacher Preparation, Induction, and Support at New Visions for Public Schools. Thandi has also consulted for CUNY’s At Home In College initiative, SUNY’s Charter Schools Institute, New Leaders for New Schools' EPIC project, and created and published peace and human rights-oriented curricula for Amnesty International and PBS.