NCTAF

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NCTAFNational Commission on Teaching and America's Future
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NCTAF gave five recommendations for change that will support school success, increase teacher retention, strengthen teacher quality, and improve student achievement: Encourage teacher collaboration and differentiated staffing, share instructional leadership among teachers and principals, redesign and downsize schools into small learning communities, support the vision with technology, and prepare new teachers in close collaboration with these schools and support their continuous professional development.
At the policy level, NCTAF (2003) recommended downsizing schools, offering federal financial incentives for attracting teachers into high-shortage areas, and higher teacher compensation--all of which are designed to reduce teacher turnover.
The National Education Association, the nation's largest teacher union, has emerged as a leading advocate of the NCTAF model of reforming the system by stripping control of teacher certification from the state departments of education.
The NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, the nation's largest teacher union, has emerged as a leading advocate of the NCTAF model of "reforming" the system by stripping control of teacher certification from the state departments of education.
But in teaching, one teacher is supposed to be in control of everything," says Elizabeth Foster, director of strategic initiatives at NCTAF.
So while the Excellence Commission had no organizational progeny to carry on its bloodline, the Carnegie task force sired a whole family of descendants, including NBPTS, INTASC, NCTAF, and a reenergized NCATE.
According to NCTAF, one-third of new teachers leave the profession after three years and nearly half leave after five years.
In the second year, NCTAF will engage new groups of student teachers, university faculty, and the veteran teachers who serve as their mentors.
While there is much research on general support for new teachers (Achinstein & Athanases, 2006; NCTAF, 2003), there is less research on how to meet the needs of what Miech and Elder (1996) call "idealistic" teachers "who seek to make a significant impact on society" (p.
NCTAF believes the nation has a "once-in-a-generation" opportunity to recreate workforce policies in order to retain the current fleet of teachers and prepare them to instill students with the skills needed to compete in a global economy.
NCTAF, a strong promoter of traditional teacher-education programs and more stringent certification requirements, writes," [CREDO] does not present data indicating how TFA teachers performed compared to teachers who came into the profession fully qualified and certified to teach.
In 2003, NCTAF released the groundbreaking report No Dream Denied: A Pledge to Americas Children, which showed the United States has a teacher retention problem, not a teacher shortage.