Learning Forward and NCTAF Sponsor Competition to Spur Teacher Engagement in ESSA Implementation

Learning Forward and NCTAF Sponsor Competition to Spur Teacher Engagement in ESSA Implementation

        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        Media Contact for Learning Forward: Tracy Crow, 972-421-0900 tracy.crow@learningforward.org Media Contact for NCTAF: Karen Cheeks, 240-233-4110 karen@cheekscommunications.com   WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 10, 2016 – Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future...

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Let’s End Professional Development as We Know It

Let’s End Professional Development as We Know It

By Jal Mehta, NCTAF Commissioner & Associate Professor in Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education   Read Jal Mehta’s powerful new post in Education Week‘s “Thinking Deeply About Equity” blog entitled “Let’s End Professional Development as We Know It.” In it, Jal argues for a different and better way forward: embedded professional learning that is purposeful, problem-driven, and...

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New White Paper by Learning Forward and NCTAF Identifies Teacher Agency as Key Factor in Transforming Professional Learning

New White Paper by Learning Forward and NCTAF Identifies Teacher Agency as Key Factor in Transforming Professional Learning

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact for Learning Forward: Tracy Crow, 972-421-0900 tracy.crow@learningforward.org Media Contact for NCTAF: Karen Cheeks, 240-233-4110 karen@cheekscommunications.com   26 Teachers & School Administrators Highlight Promising Practices from California, Connecticut, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C., & West...

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A Collective Call to Action to Ensure EVERY Child Succeeds

A Collective Call to Action to Ensure EVERY Child Succeeds

When Ivan was 17 years old he sat in the office of his high school principal hoping his older cousin Sharon would come to defend his right for one more chance, one more break from his dismal education experience. It was only a few short weeks before graduation, and the Puerto Rican student living in a poor community in Delaware had just been informed that he would not be graduating because he didn’t meet all of his senior requirements. He...

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NCTAF & ConsultEd Strategists Release New White Paper on Teaching for Deeper Learning

NCTAF & ConsultEd Strategists Release New White Paper on Teaching for Deeper Learning

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110   NCTAF & ConsultEd Strategists Release New White Paper on Teaching for Deeper Learning Deeper Learning Competencies Serve as “North Star” for New Vision of Teaching   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Feb. 2, 2016 – The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) and ConsultEd Strategists released a white paper today...

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DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson Named a NCTAF Commissioner

DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson Named a NCTAF Commissioner

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110 Kaya Henderson, Chancellor of DC Public Schools, Named a NCTAF Commissioner WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jan. 14, 2016 – The National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future (NCTAF) is delighted to announce that the Chancellor of District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), Kaya Henderson, is joining the organization as a commissioner. “We are so...

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What it Takes to Shift the Professional Learning Paradigm

What it Takes to Shift the Professional Learning Paradigm

Change takes courage. It threatens norms, challenges systems, and requires persistence and resilience that exhaust even the best of us. But change is often needed to move forward, to make real progress. Working with a group of educational leaders last week, it became clear to me that within the educational community, we will need real courage to challenge existing paradigms, to rethink assumptions, and to redesign professional learning so that...

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NCTAF Commends the Congressional Bipartisan Agreement to Reauthorize ESEA

NCTAF Commends the Congressional Bipartisan Agreement to Reauthorize ESEA

For Immediate Release Media Contact: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110   NCTAF Commends the Congressional Bipartisan Agreement to Reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dec. 10, 2015 – Today, the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) announced its support of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the legislation that reauthorizes the Elementary and...

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NNSTOY Teachers Prefer Common Core Tests Over State Assessments

NNSTOY Teachers Prefer Common Core Tests Over State Assessments

When the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) released findings of their study comparing Common Core assessments with new and existing state tests, they brought into the testing conversation the much-needed views of exceptional, practicing teachers. Their findings are enlightening, and they provide critical information to state and district leaders currently reviewing and revising testing plans. In The Right Trajectory, NNSTOY...

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A Window into Teacher Agency: What Educators Say about Effective Professional Learning

A Window into Teacher Agency: What Educators Say about Effective Professional Learning

Last week educators in the nation’s capital pulled back the drapes and gave school leaders insight into a critical aspect of effective professional learning: educator agency. In a webinar co-hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF), educators shared models for success and urged principals and system leaders to improve teachers’ ownership of — and responsibility...

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S.C. State Superintendent & HGSE Associate Professor Named as Commissioners of NCTAF

S.C. State Superintendent & HGSE Associate Professor Named as Commissioners of NCTAF

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Karen Cheeks karen@cheekscommunications.com 240-233-4110 S.C. State Superintendent and Harvard Graduate School of Education Associate Professor Named as Commissioners of NCTAF WASHINGTON, DC – Nov. 2, 2015 – The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) is pleased to announce that South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman and Harvard Graduate School of Education...

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To Evaluate or Not to Evaluate: That Is NOT the Question

To Evaluate or Not to Evaluate: That Is NOT the Question

The phrases “teacher appraisal” and “teacher evaluation” set many in the education community on high alert. The topic has become touchy, emotions run high, and those who have had a negative experience are often more than eager to share their stories. But what we don’t talk about enough, and what we really need to talk about, is how thoughtful, meaningful assessments – aligned to ongoing feedback with the goal of continuous...

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New Teaching Quality White Paper

New Teaching Quality White Paper

Today, as we recognize World Teachers’ Day, it is quite fitting that the Transforming Teaching Project at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education has released a white paper describing a policy vision for teaching. From Quicksand to Solid Ground: Building a Foundation to Support Quality Teaching Across the United States has a strong focus on the importance of systemic alignment and coherence and was developed collaboratively with a group of...

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The Formula for a Successful School Year

The Formula for a Successful School Year

academic mindset creative, engaging, and relevant lessons planned ready to welcome every student where they are classroom ready for learning teacher ready for learning Just like millions of students each year, teachers are also underway during these first weeks of school preparing for the year ahead. They are reviewing the data that they have on their students and creating a plan of action that meets each student’s individual learning...

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Learning Forward & NCTAF Announce New Ed Policy Advisor & Strategic Alliance Between the Organizations

Learning Forward & NCTAF Announce New Ed Policy Advisor & Strategic Alliance Between the Organizations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         For Learning Forward: Tracy Crow, 972-421-0900 tracy.crow@learningforward.org       For NCTAF: Karen Cheeks, 240-233-4110 karen@cheekscommunications.com   WASHINGTON, DC – Sept. 16, 2015 – Learning Forward and the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future (NCTAF) are excited to announce that Laurie Calvert will serve the organizations as education policy...

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NCTAF Commissioner Launches New Think Tank

NCTAF Commissioner Launches New Think Tank

We are delighted to congratulate NCTAF Commissioner & co-founder Linda Darling-Hammond on launching the Learning Policy Institute (LPI), a new national education think tank. LPI will focus on providing evidence-based research to help education leaders shape policies that support equitable learning opportunities for all children. “Linda has assembled an amazing group of staff and advisors, and we look forward to working with her and the LPI...

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