NCTAF Provides Learning Studios Toolkit for Educators to Improve Curriculum Design Through Authentic, Collaborative, Project-Based Learning Experiences

NCTAF Provides Learning Studios Toolkit for Educators to Improve Curriculum Design Through Authentic, Collaborative, Project-Based Learning Experiences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            MEDIA CONTACT: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com    240-233-4110                                                                                     NCTAF Provides Learning Studios Toolkit for Educators to Improve...

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Cisco Executive Named a Commissioner of NCTAF

Cisco Executive Named a Commissioner of NCTAF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com  240-233-4110   Cisco Executive Named a Commissioner of NCTAF   Washington, DC – Patrick S. Finn, the Senior Vice President of Cisco’s U.S. Public Sector Organization, has been named a commissioner of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. “We are very pleased to welcome Pat to the Commission.  He has been a true champion...

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STEM Partnerships that Make a Difference

STEM Partnerships that Make a Difference

Guest blog by Brad Ermeling, principal research scientist at Pearson Research and Innovation Network With the recent introduction of new math and science standards, as well as increased emphasis on 21st century technologies, many schools and districts are working to implement STEM programs and partnerships. But what kind of STEM models are effective and how can schools build partnerships that make a difference? Since the fall of 2012,...

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NCTAF and GSU to Host Roundtable Discussions on Educator Preparation With Teacher Quality Partnership Grantees at AACTE’s 67th Annual Meeting

NCTAF and GSU to Host Roundtable Discussions on Educator Preparation With Teacher Quality Partnership Grantees at AACTE’s 67th Annual Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110   NCTAF and GSU to Host Roundtable Discussions on Educator Preparation With Teacher Quality Partnership Grantees at AACTE’s 67th Annual Meeting Washington, DC – Feb. 26, 2015 – Teacher Quality Partnership Grantees will be sharing innovative strategies from educator preparation programs as well as best practices in residencies during...

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NCTAF’s New Call for a Collective Effort for Great Teaching

NCTAF’s New Call for a Collective Effort for Great Teaching

At the end of January, NCTAF held its first stakeholders meeting with 34 leading education organizations to discuss the need for a unified effort to support great teaching for all students. It is clear that our country is in an unprecedented time of change for education, as all states implement higher college and career standards; schools and districts realize the importance of supporting teacher leaders and incorporating teacher...

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A Renewed Focus in 2015

A Renewed Focus in 2015

At the beginning of every New Year, there is a sense of a fresh start, a renewed focus or a stronger commitment related to the things that are most important to us, both individually and collectively. As an organization, the Commission believes the time is ripe to refocus the nation’s attention on our mission of ensuring that every child has access to competent, caring teaching in a school organized for success. This month, we are launching a...

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NCTAF News Digest & Commentary January 20, 2015

NCTAF News Digest & Commentary January 20, 2015

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 & Commentary December 3, 2014

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

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...

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A Step in the Right Direction for Educational Equity

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...

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

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...

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NCTAF News Digest and Commentary October 23, 2014

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

“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...

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…And the Word of the Day is Collaboration

…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,...

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

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...

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