Teacher Shortages: What’s the Problem?

Teacher Shortages: What’s the Problem?

The issue of teacher shortages has again become a focal point in media and policy discussions. The focus is needed – many of our highest need schools continue to struggle with recruiting and retaining the best teachers, particularly in the areas of math, science, special education, and bilingual education. When we survey the current education landscape to see if every child has access to great teaching, we find that some progress has been...

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Turning the System Upside Down

Turning the System Upside Down

The National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future is calling for educational systems’ changes that put in place the conditions that allow teachers to excel in their practice. The Commission recognizes that support for and investment in teaching can allow this country to fulfill a promise that every student has access to great teaching and learning regardless of their background, zip code or learning ability. These changes need to...

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A Challenge to the Business Community About What Matters Now

A Challenge to the Business Community About What Matters Now

Patrick S. Finn is a NCTAF Commissioner and a Senior Executive, Consultant, Advisor and Investor A few years ago, I attended the White House Science Fair, where I had the honor to spend a few moments with President Obama on the topic of education in the U.S. He was interested in corporate America’s focus on education. I shared my view that there are 4 reasons why improving education in the U.S. is so important for the future of America...

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