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NCTAF News Digest & Commentary December 3, 2014

Posted by on December 4, 2014 in Featured, News Digest | 0 comments

NCTAF News Digest & Commentary December 3, 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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Listening to Teachers and Building Capacity to Support Good Teaching

Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Commentary, Featured | 0 comments

Listening to Teachers and Building Capacity to Support Good Teaching

This article was featured on Education Week Teacher on November 18, 2014: When Chelsia Berry, STEM academic coordinator and biology teacher at Central High School in Prince George’s County, Md., participated in the October 6 Good Teaching Summit put together by the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, she discussed her definition of good teaching. For her that included words such as “collaboration, professional-learning communities, journeys, interaction, real-world, and opportunity.” Chelsia also provided an...

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A Step in the Right Direction for Educational Equity

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

A Step in the Right Direction for Educational Equity

The release today of guidance for state plans to ensure equity in teacher quality distribution by the U.S. Department of Education is a step in the right direction. This call to address a requirement that has been overlooked for a decade indicates a turning of the tide in the discussion about how to support and improve teaching in all schools, for all children. We are excited about the potential of the state plans, and would like to join with the states as they map out how to direct resources and policy actions to address inequities in...

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NCTAF Applauds Apple for its $100 Million Contribution to Disadvantaged Schools Through Apple ConnectED Grants

Posted by on October 28, 2014 in Announcements, Featured | 0 comments

NCTAF Applauds Apple for its $100 Million Contribution to Disadvantaged Schools Through Apple ConnectED Grants

NCTAF congratulates the 114 schools in underserved communities that will receive an Apple grant as part of the company’s ConnectED commitment. All grant recipients have 96 percent or more students eligible for free or reduced-priced lunches. Through its $100 million contribution, Apple will provide iPads and MacBooks, learning content, curriculum support, professional development and wireless infrastructure. “We applaud Apple on its commitment to access and equity in public education. Their contribution goes far beyond dropping off...

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NCTAF News Digest and Commentary October 23, 2014

Posted by on October 24, 2014 in Featured, News Digest | 0 comments

NCTAF News Digest and Commentary October 23, 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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“None of us is as smart as all of us.”- A guest blog by Maryland State Superintendent & NCTAF Commissioner Dr. Lillian Lowery

Posted by on October 14, 2014 in Commentary, Featured, Learning Studios | 0 comments

“None of us is as smart as all of us.”- A guest blog by Maryland State Superintendent & NCTAF Commissioner Dr. Lillian Lowery

I truly believe this statement made famous by Ken Blanchard. If we want to see sustainable change in our education systems across the country, it will not happen through top-down directives. There must be collaboration with our many partners in local school systems, state organizations and national groups. Our teachers are working in a time of transition, and the pace of progress is swift. In Maryland, we have deliberately and collaboratively moved into full implementation of higher academic standards, better state assessments and more...

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…And the Word of the Day is Collaboration

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

…And the Word of the Day is Collaboration

There was a meeting of the minds among experts from national, state, and local school levels on Oct. 6th at NCTAF’s first “Good Teaching Summit,” which focused on fostering strategies for teacher success. The Summit stage was set with a backdrop that focused on three main strategies: project-based learning, professional learning communities and outside content partners. The underpinning for all of this is collaboration. Since its founding, NCTAF has identified collaboration as critical to schools organized for success and to the ability...

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Teachers are Trusted – Let’s Make Sure They Know It

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

Teachers are Trusted – Let’s Make Sure They Know It

It’s that time of year again – back to school for millions of kids and teachers.  Believe it or not, most teachers don’t sleep well the night before school starts either.  The same excitement and anxiety that kids are feeling, teachers are feeling too.  But add to that the responsibility of needing a deep understanding of the whole child and his/her development throughout the school year, as well as a teacher’s desire to meet that child’s needs at every step. The good news is that the majority of parents trust their child’s...

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NCTAF News Digest and Commentary September 9, 2014

Posted by on September 17, 2014 in Featured, News Digest | 0 comments

NCTAF News Digest and Commentary September 9, 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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SFUSD Superintendent Named a Commissioner of NCTAF

Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Announcements, Featured | 0 comments

SFUSD Superintendent Named a Commissioner of NCTAF

For Immediate Release                                                               Media Contact: Karen Cheeks                                                                                karen@cheekscommunications.com                                                                                                                240-233-4110   SFUSD Superintendent Named a...

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NCTAF News Digest August 27, 2014

Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Featured, News Digest | 0 comments

NCTAF News Digest August 27, 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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Equitable or Fair?

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

Equitable or Fair?

Sometimes jargon is used to mask inaction. That is why Rick Hess’ blog post “10 School Reform Phrases That Should Trigger Your BS Detector,” struck a chord with me. While the blog had a comical tone, it was also a stark reminder to those of us engaged in education to be very clear about what we mean if we truly want to effect change in our nation’s schools. One of the phrases mentioned in the blog, “the equitable distribution of effective teachers,” is an area that has been and remains a major focal point for the Commission. In...

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MD State Superintendent of Schools Named a Commissioner of NCTAF

Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Announcements, Featured | 0 comments

MD State Superintendent of Schools Named a Commissioner of NCTAF

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110                                                                                                                           MD State Superintendent of Schools Named a Commissioner of NCTAF   Washington, DC – Aug. 7, 2014 –Dr. Lillian M. Lowery, Maryland’s State Superintendent of Schools, has been named a commissioner of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future...

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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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