It’s Time to Solve the Teacher Turnover Problem

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...

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NCTAF News Digest July 15, 2014

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

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...

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TALIS 2013 Results

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...

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TALIS 2013 Results: A Voice For Teachers

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...

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NCTAF News Digest June 4, 2014

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

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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Supporting the Future of Teaching

Supporting the Future of Teaching

Twenty years ago, in our report “What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future,” NCTAF recommended that teacher preparation and professional development be reinvented. NCTAF led the charge for organizing teacher education around standards for students and teachers; developing extended, graduate-level teacher preparation programs; and creating mentoring programs for beginning teachers. To gain some insight into how these recommendations...

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NCTAF News Digest April 2, 2014

NCTAF News Digest April 2, 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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Replacing “Sink or Swim” with “Structure and Support” for Beginning Teachers

Replacing “Sink or Swim” with “Structure and Support” for Beginning Teachers

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recently released their report, “Beginners in the Classroom: What the Changing Demographics of Teaching Mean for Schools, Students, and Society,” which explores how the current teaching force is less experienced than in years past, and calls for greater attention to the issues of inadequate support facing new teachers. NCTAF’s 2010 study “Who Will Teach? Experience Matters” warned...

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NCTAF Awarded 3-Year Matching Grant from Hewlett Foundation to Support Commission’s Work on Effective Teaching for Deeper Learning

NCTAF Awarded 3-Year Matching Grant from Hewlett Foundation to Support Commission’s Work on Effective Teaching for Deeper Learning

For Immediate Release                                                                            Media Contact: Karen Cheeks                                                                                                                               karen@cheekscommunications.com                                            ...

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Addressing Climate Change with STEAM

Addressing Climate Change with STEAM

Spanning the disciplines from Earth Science and technology, to economics and art, to mathematics, Centennial High School’s team of “STEAM” teachers has created interdisciplinary project-based learning opportunities for their students over the last five years. Supported through a NASA Climate Change grant, the Howard County, Maryland, Learning Studios teachers aimed to demonstrate that climate change problems cannot be solved through one...

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Central Middle Showcases STEM through Collaborative Planning

Central Middle Showcases STEM through Collaborative Planning

Although STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering, and math – are normally mentioned together, these concepts are often taught in distinct silos. Generally, if students make connections across STEM, it is by coincidence rather than as a result of purposeful planning by educators. Over the last two years, teachers at Central Middle School in Anne Arundel County have participated in NCTAF Learning Studios. In this program, teachers...

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NCTAF News Digest March 11, 2014

NCTAF News Digest March 11, 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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Teachers Having Their Say: Collaboration is the Key

Teachers Having Their Say: Collaboration is the Key

From novice teachers to veterans, teachers of all experience levels desire to collaborate with their colleagues. Last week’s Remodeling Literacy Learning Together report from the National Center on Literacy Education (NCLE) calls attention to this demand for collaborative planning time as an integral tool for teachers’ success in the classroom. These days, teachers are: Being asked to implement new standards and assessments without always...

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