Commission Call to Action & Report Release
101 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
On August 10, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) issued a call to collective action around a new vision for teaching and learning. In addition, the Commission released What Matters Now: A New Compact for Teaching & Learning. This report provides guidance on how to migrate to an education system where schools are reorganized in ways that support teaching, drive learning, and provide every student with a strong foundation to build a bright future.
NCTAF seeks to help educators capitalize on this time when policy and practice are shifting toward more engaging and relevant teaching and learning for all students. The new vision described in the report explains that:
- teachers will have more agency and new roles and leadership opportunities and will, in turn, be supported by a system of aligned resources and supports; and
- these efforts will be supported by a new shared accountability that encourages collaboration, use of data within a context of continuous improvement, and teacher-led professional learning
It was 20 years ago that NCTAF released the organization’s foundational report, What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future, which proposed an audacious goal that America would provide every student access to competent, caring, and qualified teaching. While significant progress has been made, the changes have not been systemic and our most vulnerable children continue to lose out.
Despite the persistent issues, NCTAF Commissioners remain optimistic that now is the time to act due to major shifts in education and our society as a whole. We invite you to join us this week to learn about the Commission’s rationale for seeking to change the current education design.
While unpacking the report, we will also discuss a number of areas, including:
- the education landscape and the urgency to act now,
- ESSA and the changing policy landscape,
- a systematic approach that supports great teaching for all students, and
- recommendations and strategies for moving teaching and learning forward.
We encourage you to be a part of this dialogue and partner with us so that all teachers are supported in their work and every child is able to engage in learning that is relevant and meaningful.
Melinda George, President, NCTAF
10:03 am Welcome and Defining the Urgency
Secretary Richard W. Riley, NCTAF Commission Co-Chair, Former U.S. Secretary of Education; Former Governor of South Carolina and Senior Partner, EducationCounsel, LLC
10:10 am Supporting Teaching to Build a New System for Teaching and Learning
Jal Mehta, NCTAF Commissioner and Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
10:17 am Keynote Address: Leading from the Classroom
Geneviève DeBose, NCTAF Commissioner and National Board Certified Teacher Bronx Studio School for Writers & Artists
10:25 am Panel: Supporting Teaching to Change and Improve Learning
Kisha Dorch, School Testing Coordinator, Frederick Douglass High School, Prince Georges County Public Schools, Maryland
Rachel Hull, Capital City Public Charter School, District of Columbia Public Schools Joanna Schimizzi, Hope Street Fellow, Biology Teacher, North Carolina Virtual Public Schools
Joanna Schimizzi, Hope Street Fellow, Biology Teacher, North Carolina Virtual Public Schools
Stephanie Spangler, Teach Plus Fellow,4th Grade, Tubman Elementary School, District of Columbia Public Schools
Frederick Frelow, NCTAF Commissioner and Senior Program Officer, Ford Foundation (moderator)
11:05 am Panel: Implementing a New System for Teaching and Learning
Michele Cahill, NCTAF Commissioner and Distinguished Fellow in Education & Youth Development, National Center for Civic Innovation
Kaya Henderson, NCTAF Commissioner and Chancellor, District of Columbia Public Schools
Ellen Moir, NCTAF Commissioner and Founder & Chief, New Teacher Center
Richard Schwab, NCTAF Commissioner and Raymond Neag Endowed Professor of Educational Leadership and Dean Emeritus
11:50 am Call to Action & Closing Remarks
Linda Darling-Hammond, NCTAF Commissioner; President & CEO, Learning Policy Institute; Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University
Secretary Richard W. Riley, NCTAF Commission Co-Chair
Melinda George, President, NCTAF