NCTAF’s research and publications have positively impacted teaching quality in schools and districts across the country for almost 20 years. Our research has informed the growth of professional teaching standards, the birth of organizations that strengthen the teaching career from induction to mastery, and the national discussions about methods to encourage and develop teacher knowledge and skills.
NCTAF’s first groundbreaking report, What Matters Most: Teaching for America’s Future (1996), called for “competent, caring, qualified teaching in schools organized for success” and sparked a national dialogue about the importance of high quality teaching.
NCTAF then documented entrenched practices that hinder successful teaching, especially in urban and poor schools, with No Dream Denied: A Pledge to America’s Children (2003). This report called for schools, districts and policymakers to address the chronic conditions that make schools “hard to staff”.
Building on this strong foundation, NCTAF continues to produce in-depth and influential research reports, such as:
- Moving from Compliance to Agency: What Teachers Need to Make Professional Learning Work (2016).
- How Deeper Learning Can Create a New Vision for Teaching (2016).
- STEM Teachers in Professional Learning Communities: From Good Teachers to Great Teaching (2011).
- Team Up for 21st Century Teaching & Learning: What Research and Practice Reveal about Professional Learning (condensed excerpts) (2010).
- Who Will Teach? Experience Matters (2010).
- How Boomers Can Contribute to Student Success: Emerging Encore Career Opportunities in K-12 Education (2010)
- The High Cost of Teacher Turnover (policy brief) (pilot study full report) (pilot study executive summary) (infographic) (Cost Calculator tool) (2007).
Building on our strong research foundation, NCTAF has released numerous articles and policy briefs. NCTAF is also committed to rigorous evaluation and collecting qualitative and quantitative data about our impact on teacher practice, school change, and student achievement.