NCTAF Commissioners DeBose & Duncan-Andrade Among Great Educators Invited to the White House on National Teacher Appreciation Day

NCTAF Commissioners DeBose & Duncan-Andrade Among Great Educators Invited to the White House on National Teacher Appreciation Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110   NCTAF Commissioners DeBose & Duncan-Andrade Among Great Educators Invited to the White House on National Teacher Appreciation Day   WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 2, 2016 – The National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) is pleased to announce that two of its commissioners, Geneviève DeBose and Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade,...

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Agents for Learning Webinar: ESSA 101 for Educators

Agents for Learning Webinar: ESSA 101 for Educators

Agents for Learning: ESSA 101 for Educators Wednesday, April 27, 2016 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (ET) Panelists: Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director, Learning Forward Alice Johnson Cain, Executive Vice President, Policy & Partnerships, Teach Plus Steve Robinson, Senior Policy Fellow, Teach Plus Please join Learning Forward, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF), the Center for American Progress and Teach Plus for a...

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Learning Forward and NCTAF Invite Educator Teams to Participate in Agents for Learning Competition to Spur Teacher Engagement in ESSA Implementation

Learning Forward and NCTAF Invite Educator Teams to Participate in Agents for Learning Competition to Spur Teacher Engagement in ESSA Implementation

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact for Learning Forward: Tracy Crow, 972-421-0900 tracy.crow@learningforward.org Media Contact for NCTAF: Karen Cheeks, 240-233-4110 karen@cheekscommunications.com Learning Forward and NCTAF Invite Educator Teams to Participate in Agents for Learning Competition to Spur Teacher Engagement in ESSA Implementation Application Deadline – June 10 Informational Webinars Held Partner...

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NCTAF News Digest & Commentary March 17, 2016

NCTAF News Digest & Commentary March 17, 2016

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What Do Teachers Need in Professional Learning?

What Do Teachers Need in Professional Learning?

What if we put teachers in charge of their professional learning? That’s a question 2012 national teacher of the year Rebecca Mieliwocki asked in the Burbank Unified School District where she works as a middle school English teacher and leads professional learning. What she found when the district did just that, was that the learning fostered “an awesome sense of organic accountability that I haven’t seen before,” she...

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Learning Forward and NCTAF Sponsor Competition to Spur Teacher Engagement in ESSA Implementation

Learning Forward and NCTAF Sponsor Competition to Spur Teacher Engagement in ESSA Implementation

        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        Media Contact for Learning Forward: Tracy Crow, 972-421-0900 tracy.crow@learningforward.org Media Contact for NCTAF: Karen Cheeks, 240-233-4110 karen@cheekscommunications.com   WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 10, 2016 – Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future...

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Let’s End Professional Development as We Know It

Let’s End Professional Development as We Know It

By Jal Mehta, NCTAF Commissioner & Associate Professor in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education   Read Jal Mehta’s powerful new post in Education Week‘s “Thinking Deeply About Equity” blog entitled “Let’s End Professional Development as We Know It.” In it, Jal argues for a different and better way forward: embedded professional learning that is purposeful, problem-driven, and...

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New White Paper by Learning Forward and NCTAF Identifies Teacher Agency as Key Factor in Transforming Professional Learning

New White Paper by Learning Forward and NCTAF Identifies Teacher Agency as Key Factor in Transforming Professional Learning

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact for Learning Forward: Tracy Crow, 972-421-0900 tracy.crow@learningforward.org Media Contact for NCTAF: Karen Cheeks, 240-233-4110 karen@cheekscommunications.com   26 Teachers & School Administrators Highlight Promising Practices from California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C., & West...

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A Collective Call to Action to Ensure EVERY Child Succeeds

A Collective Call to Action to Ensure EVERY Child Succeeds

When Ivan was 17 years old he sat in the office of his high school principal hoping his older cousin Sharon would come to defend his right for one more chance, one more break from his dismal education experience. It was only a few short weeks before graduation, and the Puerto Rican student living in a poor community in Delaware had just been informed that he would not be graduating because he didn’t meet all of his senior requirements. He...

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

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...

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DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson Named a NCTAF Commissioner

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...

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NCTAF News Digest & Commentary January 7, 2016

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

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...

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NCTAF Commends the Congressional Bipartisan Agreement to Reauthorize ESEA

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...

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NNSTOY Teachers Prefer Common Core Tests Over State Assessments

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...

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

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...

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NCTAF News Digest & Commentary November 16, 2015

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

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...

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NCTAF News Digest & Commentary October 13, 2015

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

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...

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