TALIS 2013 Results: A Voice For Teachers

TALIS 2013 Results: A Voice For Teachers

How do educators feel about the conditions that contribute to the learning environment in their schools? Teachers and principals in 34 countries – including the United States – share insight through the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), which will be released later this month by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) through a series of online discussions and events. On June 27th, NCTAF and OECD...

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Building the Movement with 100Kin10

Building the Movement with 100Kin10

With the Empire State Building ahead in the distance – itself a monument to engineering and design – the partners in the 100Kin10  movement met last week for a Research and Design Studio at New York University’s Kimmel Center. The event brought together a diverse group of leaders in STEM education to collaboratively provide feedback on the survey drafts that partners will use to collect and analyze data about the effectiveness of their...

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Tom Carroll Discusses the Future of Teacher Preparation on Alliance for Excellent Education Webinar

Tom Carroll Discusses the Future of Teacher Preparation on Alliance for Excellent Education Webinar

On March 20, the Alliance for Excellent Education held a second webinar in the series “Perspectives on the Future of Teacher Preparation in the Digital Age.” Alliance President Bob Wise moderated the webinar with NCTAF President Tom Carroll, AACTE President and CEO Sharon Robinson, and Cofounder/Partner of Teacher Preparation Analytics Charles Coble. The panelists discussed both the challenges and opportunities associated with...

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Learning Studios Summit Video is Live!

Learning Studios Summit Video is Live!

  We have now launched the Summit video archive on YouTube and on our website! If you were unable to attend the event, or want to relive some of the inspiring moments from the day, visit our Summit Page or YouTube Summit Playlist. On November 15th, 2012, NCTAF brought a variety of stakeholders together for a lively discussion about improving STEM education in order to meet the needs of the future workforce. “Learning Studios:...

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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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NCTAF President Tom Carroll on Mobile Technology and Education

NCTAF President Tom Carroll on Mobile Technology and Education

Yesterday at The Brookings Institution, NCTAF President Tom Carroll shared his insights on the panel discussion Mobile Technology: A Change Agent in the United States and Across the Globe. The forum was part of the Mobile Economy Project, which examines how the rapid expansion of mobile technology around the world is transforming economic opportunity for millions of people. Dr. Carroll spoke about the educational opportunities that come with...

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NCTAF Highlights Learning Studios at Maryland Summit

NCTAF Highlights Learning Studios at Maryland Summit

On November 15th, 2012, NCTAF brought a variety of stakeholders together for a lively discussion about improving STEM education in order to meet the needs of the future workforce. “Learning Studios: Collaborating in Today’s Schools to Build Tomorrow’s Workforce” featured Maryland state education leaders, industry representatives, and teachers. The event highlighted NCTAF’s STEM Learning Studios initiative as a program that improves...

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Maryland Business and Education Leaders Team Up to Advance STEM Learning

Maryland Business and Education Leaders Team Up to Advance STEM Learning

Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Maryland Educators Demonstrate Collaborative STEM Teaching Model   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 7, 2012—Washington, DC—Representatives from The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, the Howard County Public School System, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Baltimore County Public Schools will lead an invitation-only summit on Thursday, November 15 to...

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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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Register for the AEE Webinar on Learning Studios

Register for the AEE Webinar on Learning Studios

  Don’t forget to register for an exciting webinar on Building a Culture that Supports Teachers in a Student-Centered Environment on Thursday, September 27th from 3:00 – 4:00 pm. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, will lead a discussion on  how teachers need support, encouragement, and professional learning that helps them move toward student-centered learning. The panel features Tom Carroll,...

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NCTAF presents at 2012 SITE Conference in Austin

NCTAF presents at 2012 SITE Conference in Austin

Last week, Cindy Gutierrez of the University of Colorado Denver, Carolyn Awalt of the University of Texas El Paso, Jody Britten of the Metiri Group, and Tom Carroll, and I presented at the SITE conference in Austin. Our panel focused on NCTAF’s vision for 21st century teacher preparation in which student teachers are members of dynamic professional communities of their peers, cooperating teachers and university faculty. Teachers Learning...

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Learning Studios Teacher-Student Team Presents at 100kin10 Summit

Learning Studios Teacher-Student Team Presents at 100kin10 Summit

It is time for teacher voices to ring loud and clear in the national policy conversation. The 100kin10 Summit on February 21st, opened with a NCTAF Learning Studio Team Leader, teacher Donald Belle, and one of his outstanding students from Gwynn Park High School in Prince George’s County, MD.  They spoke about the impact of STEM Learning Studios on their learning and teaching experiences and also had the opportunity to introduce  introduced...

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Learn How to Use Collaboration to Improve STEM Teaching and Learning, From Research by NCTAF and WestEd

Learn How to Use Collaboration to Improve STEM Teaching and Learning, From Research by NCTAF and WestEd

Join this interactive webinar to learn about new research supporting the value of teamwork to improve STEM teaching and learning. With support from NSF and in collaboration with WestEd, NCTAF conducted a two-year analysis of research studies about STEM teachers working together to strengthen their teaching and improve student achievement. The summary report, STEM Teachers in Professional Learning Communities, provides examples of projects...

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Great Teachers for Our City Schools Summit April 11-13

Great Teachers for Our City Schools Summit April 11-13

The fifth annual Great Teachers for Our City Schools National Summit, Building Community Support for Urban Student Success, will be held in Denver April 11-13. The goal of the Summit, which is put on by the Center for Urban Education, Metropolitan State College of Denver, is to build a national network where urban educators can share research findings, instructional practices, program strategies, policy initiatives and other resources aimed at...

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Reporting Live From NASA Goddard!

Reporting Live From NASA Goddard!

This room in the depths of the NASA Goddard Visitor Center has no windows; but there’s no lack of natural light here. The energy of 30 middle and high school teachers, along with that of scientists, engineers and district personnel is palpable. The teachers work in their interdisciplinary teams as NASA scientists listen in and answer questions; talk of solar panels, clean energy, and the ozone permeates the room. An integral part of NCTAF’s...

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