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NCTAF & ConsultEd Strategists Release New White Paper on Teaching for Deeper Learning

Posted by on February 2, 2016 in Announcements, Featured, Research | 0 comments

NCTAF & ConsultEd Strategists Release New White Paper on Teaching for Deeper Learning

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110   NCTAF & ConsultEd Strategists Release New White Paper on Teaching for Deeper Learning Deeper Learning Competencies Serve as “North Star” for New Vision of Teaching   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Feb. 2, 2016 – The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) and ConsultEd Strategists released a white paper today describing a new vision for teaching, teachers’ roles, and the conditions needed to enable deeper learning...

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DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson Named a NCTAF Commissioner

Posted by on January 14, 2016 in Announcements, Featured | 0 comments

DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson Named a NCTAF Commissioner

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110 Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of DC Public Schools, Named a NCTAF Commissioner WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jan. 14, 2016 – The National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) is delighted to announce that the Chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), Kaya Henderson, is joining the organization as a commissioner. “We are so pleased to welcome Kaya to the Commission. She is a proven leader who understands the importance of...

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NCTAF News Digest & Commentary January 7, 2016

Posted by on January 7, 2016 in Featured, News Digest | 0 comments

NCTAF News Digest & Commentary January 7, 2016

For education news and NCTAF updates, read our latest News Digest & Commentary. To receive our Digest by email, subscribe below! 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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What it Takes to Shift the Professional Learning Paradigm

Posted by on December 21, 2015 in Commentary, Featured | 0 comments

What it Takes to Shift the Professional Learning Paradigm

Change takes courage. It threatens norms, challenges systems, and requires persistence and resilience that exhaust even the best of us. But change is often needed to move forward, to make real progress. Working with a group of educational leaders last week, it became clear to me that within the educational community, we will need real courage to challenge existing paradigms, to rethink assumptions, and to redesign professional learning so that teachers grow as professionals and students are prepared for a promising future. Reinventing...

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NCTAF Commends the Congressional Bipartisan Agreement to Reauthorize ESEA

Posted by on December 10, 2015 in Announcements, Featured | 0 comments

NCTAF Commends the Congressional Bipartisan Agreement to Reauthorize ESEA

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110   NCTAF Commends the Congressional Bipartisan Agreement to Reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dec. 10, 2015 – Today, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) announced its support of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the legislation that reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The new education law shifts the authority of schools back to the states...

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NNSTOY Teachers Prefer Common Core Tests Over State Assessments

Posted by on December 7, 2015 in Commentary, Featured | 0 comments

NNSTOY Teachers Prefer Common Core Tests Over State Assessments

When the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) released findings of their study comparing Common Core assessments with new and existing state tests, they brought into the testing conversation the much-needed views of exceptional, practicing teachers. Their findings are enlightening, and they provide critical information to state and district leaders currently reviewing and revising testing plans. In The Right Trajectory, NNSTOY teachers compare the New Jersey and Illinois state tests with the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment...

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A Window into Teacher Agency: What Educators Say about Effective Professional Learning

Posted by on November 20, 2015 in Commentary, Featured | 0 comments

A Window into Teacher Agency: What Educators Say about Effective Professional Learning

Last week educators in the nation’s capital pulled back the drapes and gave school leaders insight into a critical aspect of effective professional learning: educator agency. In a webinar co-hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF), educators shared models for success and urged principals and system leaders to improve teachers’ ownership of — and responsibility for — their professional learning. “We are the heroes we’ve been looking for,” said Dwight...

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NCTAF News Digest & Commentary November 16, 2015

Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Featured, News Digest | 0 comments

NCTAF News Digest & Commentary November 16, 2015

For education news and NCTAF updates, read our latest News Digest & Commentary. To receive our Digest by email, subscribe below! 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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S.C. State Superintendent & HGSE Associate Professor Named as Commissioners of NCTAF

Posted by on November 2, 2015 in Announcements, Featured | 0 comments

S.C. State Superintendent & HGSE Associate Professor Named as Commissioners of NCTAF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110 S.C. State Superintendent and Harvard Graduate School of Education Associate Professor Named as Commissioners of NCTAF WASHINGTON, DC – Nov. 2, 2015 – The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) is pleased to announce that South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman and Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Associate Professor Jal Mehta are joining the organization as Commissioners. “We are so...

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NCTAF News Digest & Commentary October 13, 2015

Posted by on October 13, 2015 in Featured, News Digest | 0 comments

NCTAF News Digest & Commentary October 13, 2015

For education news and NCTAF updates, read our latest News Digest & Commentary. To receive our Digest by email, subscribe below! 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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To Evaluate or Not to Evaluate: That Is NOT the Question

Posted by on October 9, 2015 in Featured | 0 comments

To Evaluate or Not to Evaluate: That Is NOT the Question

The phrases “teacher appraisal” and “teacher evaluation” set many in the education community on high alert. The topic has become touchy, emotions run high, and those who have had a negative experience are often more than eager to share their stories. But what we don’t talk about enough, and what we really need to talk about, is how thoughtful, meaningful assessments – aligned to ongoing feedback with the goal of continuous improvement – can, in fact, drive improvement for teachers individually and collectively as well as for the...

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New Teaching Quality White Paper

Posted by on October 5, 2015 in Commentary, Featured | 0 comments

New Teaching Quality White Paper

Today, as we recognize World Teachers’ Day, it is quite fitting that the Transforming Teaching Project at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education has released a white paper describing a policy vision for teaching. From Quicksand to Solid Ground: Building a Foundation to Support Quality Teaching Across the United States has a strong focus on the importance of systemic alignment and coherence and was developed collaboratively with a group of stakeholders, including two of NCTAF’s Commissioners.This white paper poses challenges around...

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NCTAF News Digest & Commentary September 24, 2015

Posted by on September 24, 2015 in Featured, News Digest | 0 comments

NCTAF News Digest & Commentary September 24, 2015

For education news and NCTAF updates, read our latest News Digest & Commentary. To receive our Digest by email, subscribe below! 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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The Formula for a Successful School Year

Posted by on September 21, 2015 in Commentary, Featured | 0 comments

The Formula for a Successful School Year

academic mindset creative, engaging, and relevant lessons planned ready to welcome every student where they are classroom ready for learning teacher ready for learning Just like millions of students each year, teachers are also underway during these first weeks of school preparing for the year ahead. They are reviewing the data that they have on their students and creating a plan of action that meets each student’s individual learning needs. They are planning projects, activities, and discussion sparkers that will make learning come...

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Learning Forward & NCTAF Announce New Ed Policy Advisor & Strategic Alliance Between the Organizations

Posted by on September 16, 2015 in Announcements, Featured | 0 comments

Learning Forward & NCTAF Announce New Ed Policy Advisor & Strategic Alliance Between the Organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         For Learning Forward: Tracy Crow, 972-421-0900 tracy.crow@learningforward.org       For NCTAF: Karen Cheeks, 240-233-4110 karen@cheekscommunications.com   WASHINGTON, DC – Sept. 16, 2015 – Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) are excited to announce that Laurie Calvert will serve the organizations as education policy advisor, effective immediately. The full-time joint position will leverage Calvert’s considerable...

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