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Supporting the Future of Teaching

Posted by on April 10, 2014 in Commentary, Featured | 0 comments

Supporting the Future of Teaching

Twenty years ago, in our report “What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future,” NCTAF recommended that teacher preparation and professional development be reinvented. NCTAF led the charge for organizing teacher education around standards for students and teachers; developing extended, graduate-level teacher preparation programs; and creating mentoring programs for beginning teachers. To gain some insight into how these recommendations have been implemented and which strategies have been most beneficial for future teacher leaders, I...

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NCTAF News Digest April 2, 2014

Posted by on April 3, 2014 in Featured, News Digest | 0 comments

NCTAF News Digest April 2, 2014

To get your education news and updates from NCTAF, read our current News Digest & Commentary!  If you have thoughts about the News Digest, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment on this post. Do you want to get our Digest? Subscribe Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Pin it share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

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Replacing “Sink or Swim” with “Structure and Support” for Beginning Teachers

Posted by on April 2, 2014 in Commentary, Featured | 0 comments

Replacing “Sink or Swim” with “Structure and Support” for Beginning Teachers

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recently released their report, “Beginners in the Classroom: What the Changing Demographics of Teaching Mean for Schools, Students, and Society,” which explores how the current teaching force is less experienced than in years past, and calls for greater attention to the issues of inadequate support facing new teachers. NCTAF’s 2010 study “Who Will Teach? Experience Matters” warned about this trend, finding that classrooms are increasingly led by novice teachers with less than...

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NCTAF Awarded 3-Year Matching Grant from Hewlett Foundation to Support Commission’s Work on Effective Teaching for Deeper Learning

Posted by on April 1, 2014 in Announcements, Featured | 0 comments

NCTAF Awarded 3-Year Matching Grant from Hewlett Foundation to Support Commission’s Work on Effective Teaching for Deeper Learning

For Immediate Release                                                                            Media Contact: Karen Cheeks                                                                                                                               karen@cheekscommunications.com                                                                                                              ...

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Addressing Climate Change with STEAM

Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Featured, Learning Studios | 0 comments

Addressing Climate Change with STEAM

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Central Middle Showcases STEM through Collaborative Planning

Posted by on March 12, 2014 in Featured, Learning Studios | 0 comments

Central Middle Showcases STEM through Collaborative Planning

Although STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering, and math – are normally mentioned together, these concepts are often taught in distinct silos. Generally, if students make connections across STEM, it is by coincidence rather than as a result of purposeful planning by educators. Over the last two years, teachers at Central Middle School in Anne Arundel County have participated in NCTAF Learning Studios. In this program, teachers were trained to incorporate project-based learning and interdisciplinary collaboration, and build...

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NCTAF News Digest March 11, 2014

Posted by on March 11, 2014 in Featured, News Digest | 0 comments

NCTAF News Digest March 11, 2014

To get your education news and updates from NCTAF, read our current News Digest & Commentary!  If you have thoughts about the News Digest, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment on this post. Do you want to get our Digest? Subscribe Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Pin it share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

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Teachers Having Their Say: Collaboration is the Key

Posted by on March 6, 2014 in Commentary, Featured | 0 comments

Teachers Having Their Say: Collaboration is the Key

From novice teachers to veterans, teachers of all experience levels desire to collaborate with their colleagues. Last week’s Remodeling Literacy Learning Together report from the National Center on Literacy Education (NCLE) calls attention to this demand for collaborative planning time as an integral tool for teachers’ success in the classroom. These days, teachers are: Being asked to implement new standards and assessments without always having adequate lead time or support; More rigorously and publicly evaluated; Facing larger classes,...

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What Matters Most About the Common Core State Standards

Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Commentary, Featured | 0 comments

What Matters Most About the Common Core State Standards

The Common Core State Standards offer a chance to change the teaching paradigm so that teachers can work across the disciplines, teach with more real world experiences, and encourage students to learn together.  However, teachers need to be empowered and supported in this new journey to adopt these standards.  They need time to understand and adapt their teaching to reflect what they are expecting students to learn.  They need to be encouraged to break out of traditional curriculum silos and to collaborate with their colleagues to combine...

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Celebrating Best Practices at Digital Learning Day 2014

Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Commentary, Featured | 0 comments

Celebrating Best Practices at Digital Learning Day 2014

Whether we’re talking about flipped classrooms, MOOCs, mobile apps for learning, TED talks, or Skype or Google Hangouts with scientists and engineers, students and teachers are realizing a world of potential for effective digital learning. Technology allows them to go beyond the walls of the traditional classroom and interact in a way that was once impossible. On February 5th, educators, policy makers, and tech stakeholders gathered at the Library of Congress to celebrate the 3rd annual Digital Learning Day and the groundbreaking learning...

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NCTAF News Digest February 4, 2014

Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Featured, News Digest | 0 comments

NCTAF News Digest February 4, 2014

To get your education news and updates from NCTAF, read our current News Digest & Commentary!  If you have thoughts about the News Digest, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment on this post. Do you want to get our Digest? Subscribe Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin Pin it share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

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Linking the Classroom to the Community – STEM Partnerships That Last

Posted by on January 30, 2014 in Featured, Learning Studios | 0 comments

Linking the Classroom to the Community – STEM Partnerships That Last

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NCTAF’s Learning Studios Adapt the NCLE Framework for Capacity Building

Posted by on January 24, 2014 in Featured, Learning Studios | 0 comments

NCTAF’s Learning Studios Adapt the NCLE Framework for Capacity Building

The NCTAF Learning Studios model features three key program components: professional learning communities, project-based learning, and workforce partnerships. For the 2013-2014 school year, we have been piloting the NCLE Framework for Capacity Building because it allows us to focus on one of the main components of the Learning Studios model – building collaborative culture in our STEM professional learning communities. We have adapted the NCLE survey tool and discussion process to gather baseline, interim, and growth evidence around the...

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NCTAF Statement on Retirement of Congressman George Miller

Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Commentary, Featured | 0 comments

NCTAF Statement on Retirement of Congressman George Miller

During his 40-year career, Congressman George Miller has been deeply committed to what matters most for America’s children: quality teaching in schools organized for success.  Building on that commitment he has been a fierce advocate for effective teaching in schools serving low-income students and children of color across the country.  NCTAF is fortunate to count itself among the many education organizations that he worked with to craft legislation that would provide teachers with the tools, resources, and support they need to give...

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NCTAF Will Stay the Course to Transform the Teaching Profession

Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Announcements, Commentary, Featured | 0 comments

NCTAF Will Stay the Course to Transform the Teaching Profession

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead This is one of my favorite quotes. It rings as true today, as when Mead first said it more than 50 years ago. In my 12 years as the President of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, I have been fortunate to work with a dedicated team of people, who are and have been determined to transform schools infused with factory-era teaching into 21st century learning...

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