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It’s Time to Solve the Teacher Turnover Problem

Posted by on July 31, 2014 in Commentary, Featured, Research | 0 comments

It’s Time to Solve the Teacher Turnover Problem

Retaining the best and brightest teachers in the profession remains a sore spot for our nation’s schools. Although teacher recruitment initiatives have expanded, there has not been a coordinated, systemic approach to teacher retention. In NCTAF’s 2003 report, “No Dream Denied: A Pledge to America’s Children,” the findings detailed the chronic problem of teacher turnover, especially in hard-to-staff schools, and the negative consequences for students and school systems of what has turned into a “revolving door occupation.” This...

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NCTAF News Digest July 15, 2014

Posted by on July 16, 2014 in Featured, News Digest | 0 comments

NCTAF News Digest July 15, 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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National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future Applauds FCC Ruling on E-Rate

Posted by on July 11, 2014 in Commentary, Featured | 0 comments

National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future Applauds FCC Ruling on E-Rate

The National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) applauds today’s FCC vote that will modernize the E-Rate program.  The E-Rate program has been foundational for almost two decades in ensuring that all students have access to advanced telecommunications capabilities.  This is essential as we organize schools for success and prepare students to be college and career ready. Quality broadband is critical for allowing teachers and students equitable access to 21st century learning opportunities. With the continued...

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TALIS 2013 Results

Posted by on June 25, 2014 in Featured | 0 comments

TALIS 2013 Results

OECD’s Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) asks a representative sample of teachers and schools in each country about their working conditions and learning environments. TALIS aims to provide valid, timely and comparable information to help countries review and define policies for developing a high-quality teaching profession. It is an opportunity for teachers and school leaders to provide input into educational policy analysis and development in key areas. Read more about TALIS, its methodology, who was surveyed, and...

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TALIS 2013 Results: A Voice For Teachers

Posted by on June 16, 2014 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

TALIS 2013 Results: A Voice For Teachers

How do educators feel about the conditions that contribute to the learning environment in their schools? Teachers and principals in 34 countries – including the United States – share insight through the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), which will be released later this month by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) through a series of online discussions and events. On June 27th, NCTAF and OECD will co-host the U.S. launch of TALIS where we will dig deeper into what the findings mean for...

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NCTAF News Digest June 4, 2014

Posted by on June 5, 2014 in Featured, News Digest | 0 comments

NCTAF News Digest June 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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NCTAF News Digest May 5, 2014

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Featured, News Digest | 0 comments

NCTAF News Digest May 5, 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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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

Spanning the disciplines from Earth Science and technology, to economics and art, to mathematics, Centennial High School’s team of “STEAM” teachers has created interdisciplinary project-based learning opportunities for their students over the last five years. Supported through a NASA Climate Change grant, the Howard County, Maryland, Learning Studios teachers aimed to demonstrate that climate change problems cannot be solved through one subject area’s content alone – students need to master all disciplines in order to be true 21st...

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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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