Ruth Whalen Crockett, Director of the New Teachers Collaborative, holds a B.A. in Spanish from Beloit College and a M.Ed in Teacher Leadership from the Harvard University School of Education. She possesses significant classroom experience, having taught all levels of Spanish at the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School since 1998. She also advised and instructed Parker Seniors on the Senior Project for over ten years.

Ruth has also taught in a traditional high school in Wisconsin, and worked at Innovation Academy Charter School, a successful Massachusetts charter school that is also a participating school of NTC.

Ruth has led a number of workshops and professional development experiences on student-centered learning, inquiry based instruction, senior projects and curriculum design. Ruth also serves as a National Facilitator for the School Reform Initiative. 

Ruth supports teachers and school leaders as they learn to engage courageously to create equitable schools for children and families. Ruth believes school improvement starts when adults reflect deeply on their experiences as learners and envision schools as dynamic sites for equitable collaboration, problem solving and self-reflection. Many times this requires us to detach and "unschool" ourselves so that together we can create a new educational narrative for children and adults in schools.