NCTAF News Digest & Commentary August 26, 2016

NCTAF News Digest & Commentary August 26, 2016

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#WhyITeach

#WhyITeach

By Joanna Schimizzi, Hope Street Fellow & Biology Teacher, North Carolina Virtual Public Schools As teachers head back to their classrooms this fall, they will be juggling many responsibilities. You can just see teachers as they set up their classrooms: laminating posters, moving desks, running copies and making bulletin boards. As teachers spend countless hours getting ready for students, they are often thinking “What matters right...

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NCTAF Issues Call to Collective Action & Releases Report Highlighting Need to Reorganize Schools Around a New Vision for Teaching & Learning

NCTAF Issues Call to Collective Action & Releases Report Highlighting Need to Reorganize Schools Around a New Vision for Teaching & Learning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Karen Cheeks, 240-233-4110 karen@cheekscommunications.com   NCTAF Issues Call to Collective Action & Releases Report Highlighting Need to Reorganize Schools Around a New Vision for Teaching & Learning WASHINGTON, D.C. – Aug. 10, 2016 – The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) today released the report What Matters Now: A New Compact for Teaching and Learning. The...

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What Matters Now: August 10 Call to Action & Report Release

What Matters Now: August 10 Call to Action & Report Release

On August 10, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) will issue a call to collective action around a new vision for teaching and learning. In addition, the Commission will release What Matters Now: A New Compact for Teaching & Learning. This report will provide guidance on how to migrate to an education system where schools are reorganized in ways that support teaching, drive learning, and provide every student...

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KnowledgeWorks & NCTAF Release Report on Personalized Learning

KnowledgeWorks & NCTAF Release Report on Personalized Learning

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact for Knowledge Works: Mary Kenkel, 513-929-1310 kenkelm@knowledgeworks.org Media Contact for NCTAF: Karen Cheeks, 240-233-4110 karen@cheekscommunications.com Personalized Learning Empowers Teachers in Classroom, Career New KnowledgeWorks and NCTAF report sheds light on what personalized learning looks like in the classroom WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 11, 2016 – Today, KnowledgeWorks and...

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NCTAF News Digest & Commentary June 22, 2016

NCTAF News Digest & Commentary June 22, 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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Learning Forward & NCTAF Name 12 Finalist Teams in Agents for Learning Challenge

Learning Forward & NCTAF Name 12 Finalist Teams in Agents for Learning Challenge

      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 Name 12 Finalist Teams in Agents for Learning Challenge   Twelve states represented; finalists to convene in Chicago to present plans detailing ESSA-ready professional learning strategies to...

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A4L Application Criteria Now Available

A4L Application Criteria Now Available

Calling all Agents for Learning! Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) are pleased to announce that Agents for Learning (A4L) teams interested in participating in the competition can now download a full set of criteria that raters will use to score applications to determine finalists. The PDF file also includes detailed rules for the competition. We hope that this is helpful as you finalize...

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NCTAF News Digest & Commentary May 4, 2016

NCTAF News Digest & Commentary May 4, 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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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) An archived recording of the webinar and slideshow are available on the Agents for Learning resources page. 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...

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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

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 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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