New Teacher Center's roots lie in the Santa Cruz New Teacher Project.
The Santa Cruz New Teacher Project was established in 1988 by Ellen Moir who was then Director of Teacher Education at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), in collaboration with Wendy Baron, Supervisor of Teacher Education at UCSC, and supported by the Chair of the UCSC Teacher Education Program, Eugene Garcia. That same year, the Santa Cruz New Teacher Project was among the first 15 California New Teacher Project pilot programs funded by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). In 1993, the legislature approved funding for new teacher support and created legislation for Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA). The Santa Cruz New Teacher Project became one of California’s initial projects jointly administered by the CDE and CTC.
The Silicon Valley New Teacher Project was established in 2000, joining with the Santa Cruz New Teacher Project to become the Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project, and extending the NTP Induction model to over 15 districts in Santa Clara County.
Many of the tools and processes used by NTC today for effective Mentoring, were first developed and piloted in the Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project.