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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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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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