TLINC® Leadership Summit

In January 2013, NCTAF brought TLINC® (Teachers Learning In Networked Communities) partners and teacher preparation experts together for a lively discussion about supporting educator development through the power and tools of professional learning communities. NCTAF’s TLINC Leadership Summit: How the Power of Collaborative Communities Strengthens Teacher Preparation featured leaders in teacher preparation, higher education administration,...

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Mobile Teacher Preparation: TLINC 2.0 and the Albany State Teacher Residency

Mobile Teacher Preparation: TLINC 2.0 and the Albany State Teacher Residency

Survey after survey demonstrates that digital teaching and learning is here to stay.  Students expect to learn with mobile devices and teachers are looking for effective ways to embed mobile into the curriculum. Now more than ever, teacher preparation programs must provide authentic opportunities for future teachers to use mobile and Web 2.0 in their coursework and clinical experiences. Right now, preservice teachers in Albany State’s...

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TLINC Highlighted on Radio Program on Linking Educators Online

TLINC Highlighted on Radio Program on Linking Educators Online

Elizabeth Foster, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at NCTAF, and Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net, appeared on Education Talk Radio in mid-December to discuss technology enabled collaboration. With host Larry Jacobs, the pair shared best practices and lessons learned throughout a multi-year partnership between NCTAF’s and edWeb.net to link student teachers, mentor teachers, and faculty in both face-to-face meetings...

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TLINC Highlighted at 2012 Wireless Edtech Conference

TLINC Highlighted at 2012 Wireless Edtech Conference

How does access to an anytime, anywhere network of support change a student teacher’s experience as a learner and an educator?  NCTAF’s TLINC initiative explores what happens when student teachers use mobile technology to call upon their networks of support.  The project was emphasized in two presentations at last week’s 2012 Wireless EdTech conference.   Tom Carroll, NCTAF President, presented about the NCTAF TLINC initiative in a...

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NCTAF Awarded a Continuation Grant from Qualcomm for TLINC 2.0 Initiative

NCTAF Awarded a Continuation Grant from Qualcomm for TLINC 2.0 Initiative

  The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future Awarded a Continuation Grant from Qualcomm for the Teachers Learning in Networked Communities 2.0 Initiative Washington, D.C.— July 9, 2012 The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) is pleased to announce that its Teachers Learning in Networked Communities 2.0 (TLINC® 2.0) initiative has been awarded a continuation grant from Qualcomm Incorporated,...

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TLINC 2.0 Initiative Featured on OnQ® the official Qualcomm blog

TLINC 2.0 Initiative Featured on OnQ® the official Qualcomm blog

Wireless Helps Teachers Learn and Stay Connected Appeared on July 03, 2012 on OnQ®  Through decades of research, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) has documented the importance of collaboration in enabling teachers to improve their practice. Often, however, the norm for teachers in the United States is to work in isolation, cut off from colleagues and from technology that can help them access resources and...

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TLINC Highlighted in New Digital Learning Series Paper

TLINC Highlighted in New Digital Learning Series Paper

The Alliance for Excellent Education’s recent paper, “Culture Shift: Teaching in a Learner-Centered Environment Powered by Digital Learning,” articulates the critical need for teacher preparation to focus more on student learning: “Teacher education […] is at a critical juncture. It must be focused less on learning about teaching and focus more directly on teaching for student learning. We have to front-load clinical experiences and...

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Notes from the Field: TLINC at the University of New Mexico

Notes from the Field: TLINC at the University of New Mexico

Since 2009, the University of New Mexico’s College of Education (UNM) has been a partner in NCTAF’s Teachers Learning in Networked Communities (TLINC®) project. Through TLINC, our college has been working to support our teacher education programs with increased collaboration, both online and face-to-face, and with added technology resources. Early efforts to integrate technology had been challenging because some faculty members and even...

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TLINC® Site Descriptions

Denver, Colorado The Denver site consists of a partnership between the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center (UCDHSC) and the Denver Public Schools (DPS). As the pre-service teacher education program, UCDHSC connects faculty and students with teachers at Professional Development Schools in the DPS system. As part of DPS’s induction program, TLINC connects principals, teachers, mentors, and instructional specialists...

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TLINC®

NCTAF worked with seven university partners across the country to make educator development more collaborative and to give new teachers a stronger start in the profession. NCTAF’s Teachers Learning in Networked Communities (TLINC®) program supported face-to-face and online professional learning communities that encouraged student teachers, mentor teachers, and faculty to reflect on their practice, shared goals, progress, challenges, and...

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Past Programs

  STEM Learning Studios program   Teachers Learning in Networked Communities (TLINC®) program  

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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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Events

Below is a selection of NCTAF’s past events. For upcoming event information, visit the NCTAF Calendar   August 10, 2016 – NCTAF Issues Call to Collective Action & Releases Report: What Matters Now: A New Compact for Teaching & Learning       Agents for Learning webinar series: Learning Forward and NCTAF are engaging educator teams in advocating for the best use of federal funding for professional learning...

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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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Celebrating Best Practices at Digital Learning Day 2014

Celebrating Best Practices at Digital Learning Day 2014

Whether we’re talking about flipped classrooms, MOOCs, mobile apps for learning, TED talks, or Skype or Google Hangouts with scientists and engineers, students and teachers are realizing a world of potential for effective digital learning. Technology allows them to go beyond the walls of the traditional classroom and interact in a way that was once impossible. On February 5th, educators, policy makers, and tech stakeholders gathered at the...

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