Statements of Support for NCTAF’s Great Teaching Initiative

Statements of Support for NCTAF’s Great Teaching Initiative

“AACTE is excited to join with NCTAF in launching a collective effort to support great teaching which, of course, begins with great teacher preparation. NCTAF’s support for innovation and collaboration among teacher preparation institutions has been ever present and we look forward to joining them in this promising new initiative.” – Sharon Robinson, President of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education   “We...

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NCTAF Partners With Teach to Lead

NCTAF Partners With Teach to Lead

The National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) is proud to announce that we are officially a partner in Teach to Lead. We are excited to be a part of an initiative that recognizes teachers as the agents for change. Teach to Lead also promotes opportunities for teacher leadership that will ultimately change education and improve opportunities and outcomes for all students. The initiative is focused on teachers learning to...

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NCTAF Names Cahill, Frelow, Martinez & Moir as Commissioners

NCTAF Names Cahill, Frelow, Martinez & Moir as Commissioners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110   NCTAF Names Cahill, Frelow, Martinez, and Moir as Commissioners The New Commissioners Have Been Instrumental in Shaping Education Policy that Strengthens Teaching, Expands Opportunity, and Supports Innovation in Schools   WASHINGTON, DC – April 27, 2015 – The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future has named Michele...

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NCTAF Provides Learning Studios Toolkit for Educators to Improve Curriculum Design Through Authentic, Collaborative, Project-Based Learning Experiences

NCTAF Provides Learning Studios Toolkit for Educators to Improve Curriculum Design Through Authentic, Collaborative, Project-Based Learning Experiences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110   NCTAF Provides Learning Studios Toolkit for Educators to Improve Curriculum Design Through Authentic, Collaborative, Project-Based Learning Experiences Free, Online Tools Support Great Teaching, Deeper Learning & New Standards WASHINGTON, DC – March 24, 2015 – The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF)...

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NCTAF to Lead a Stimulating Discussion on Deeper Learning Outcomes at the 2015 Teaching & Learning Conference

NCTAF to Lead a Stimulating Discussion on Deeper Learning Outcomes at the  2015 Teaching & Learning Conference

MEDIA CONTACT: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110               NCTAF to Lead a Stimulating Discussion on Deeper Learning Outcomes at the 2015 Teaching & Learning Conference WASHINGTON – The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) will delve into how deeper learning is changing teaching and learning in classrooms across the United States. As a strand of the 2015 Teaching & Learning...

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Cisco Executive Named a Commissioner of NCTAF

Cisco Executive Named a Commissioner of NCTAF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110   Cisco Executive Named a Commissioner of NCTAF   WASHINGTON, DC – March 9, 2015 – Patrick S. Finn, the Senior Vice President of Cisco’s U.S. Public Sector Organization, has been named a commissioner of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. “We are very pleased to welcome Pat to the Commission.  He has...

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NCTAF and GSU to Host Roundtable Discussions on Educator Preparation With Teacher Quality Partnership Grantees at AACTE’s 67th Annual Meeting

NCTAF and GSU to Host Roundtable Discussions on Educator Preparation With Teacher Quality Partnership Grantees at AACTE’s 67th Annual Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110   NCTAF and GSU to Host Roundtable Discussions on Educator Preparation With Teacher Quality Partnership Grantees at AACTE’s 67th Annual Meeting WASHINGTON, DC – February 26, 2015 – Teacher Quality Partnership Grantees will be sharing innovative strategies from educator preparation programs as well as best practices in residencies...

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National Board Certified Teacher Geneviève DeBose and Education Advocate Dan Leeds Named as Commissioners of NCTAF

National Board Certified Teacher Geneviève DeBose and Education Advocate Dan Leeds Named as Commissioners of NCTAF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Media Contact: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110   National Board Certified Teacher Geneviève DeBose and Education Advocate Dan Leeds Named as Commissioners of NCTAF WASHINGTON, DC – January 5, 2015 – The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) is pleased to announce that National Board Certified Teacher...

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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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SFUSD Superintendent Named a Commissioner of NCTAF

SFUSD Superintendent Named a Commissioner of NCTAF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110   SFUSD Superintendent Named a Commissioner of NCTAF WASHINGTON, DC – September 8, 2014 – Richard A. Carranza, the superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), has been named a commissioner of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF). Carranza has been with SFUSD for six years, first as the...

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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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NCTAF Awarded 3-Year Matching Grant from Hewlett Foundation to Support Commission’s Work on Effective Teaching for Deeper Learning

NCTAF Awarded 3-Year Matching Grant from Hewlett Foundation to Support Commission’s Work on Effective Teaching for Deeper Learning

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

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NCTAF Will Stay the Course to Transform the Teaching Profession

NCTAF Will Stay the Course to Transform the Teaching Profession

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead This is one of my favorite quotes. It rings as true today, as when Mead first said it more than 50 years ago. In my 12 years as the President of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, I have been fortunate to work with a dedicated team of people, who are and have been...

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Reimagine Teaching & Learning with Design Thinking

Reimagine Teaching & Learning with Design Thinking

The Nueva School, located in Hillsborough, California, is nationally recognized for its progressive learning environments that foster creativity, innovation, and design-thinking to impart 21st century skills to its students. This past fall, I was able to attend the school’s Innovative Learning Conference, “Shifting the Paradigm,” and found the school to live up to its reputation. From the moment I entered the campus, I recognized that this...

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A Networked Improvement Community for NGSS Assessment Development

A Networked Improvement Community for NGSS Assessment Development

A team from NCTAF recently participated in the second Explorers’ Workshop at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The two-day workshop brought together 13 teams representing national organizations, university initiatives, and local education funds. We were all there to learn how improvement science and the specific tools and processes of a Networked Improvement Community could be used to systematically solve complex...

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“Adding Value” to Assessment

“Adding Value” to Assessment

It was a familiar refrain from program evaluators at the recent EVAL 2013 conference held by the American Evaluation Association in DC – funders want to see how a professional development program increases student achievement on test scores. On the surface it sounds like a fair expectation, but are test scores the best measure of a PD program? Well, it depends on the program and its learning goals. Here are some types of questions raised at...

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Deliver on the Common Core Promise

Deliver on the Common Core Promise

Year after year the United States falls steadily behind our international competitors. A major reason is that other countries’ teachers engage in continuous collaboration to collectively build a cohesive body of effective professional practice. We in the U.S. operate instead as if externally imposed standards and accountability will magically cause thousands of isolated individual teaching efforts to somehow add up to improved system...

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