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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NCTAF News Digest and Commentary September 9, 2014

NCTAF News Digest and Commentary September 9, 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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SFUSD Superintendent Named a Commissioner of NCTAF

SFUSD Superintendent Named a Commissioner of NCTAF

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

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NCTAF News Digest August 27, 2014

NCTAF News Digest August 27, 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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Equitable or Fair?

Equitable or Fair?

Sometimes jargon is used to mask inaction. That is why Rick Hess’ blog post “10 School Reform Phrases That Should Trigger Your BS Detector,” struck a chord with me. While the blog had a comical tone, it was also a stark reminder to those of us engaged in education to be very clear about what we mean if we truly want to effect change in our nation’s schools. One of the phrases mentioned in the blog, “the equitable distribution of...

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MD State Superintendent of Schools Named a Commissioner of NCTAF

MD State Superintendent of Schools Named a Commissioner of NCTAF

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110                                                                                                                           MD State Superintendent of Schools Named a Commissioner of NCTAF   Washington, DC – Aug. 7, 2014 –Dr. Lillian M. Lowery, Maryland’s State Superintendent of...

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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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