NCTAF

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NCTAFNational Commission on Teaching and America's Future
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In the wake of the NCTAF report, many states took bold steps to increase both the size and quality of the teaching workforce.
But at NCTAF, we believe the goal is to keep growing beyond a traditional community to build interdependent, interdisciplinary learning teams.
NCTAF (2003) stated that more than 2,000 articles and editorials; national reports; national, state, and local legislation; and long-term commitments to high-quality teaching have occurred since its original report in 1996.
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 NCTAF report pulls no punches as it seeks to answer the question, "Why doesn't every child have quality teaching?
NCTAF is the latest incarnation of a Carnegie Foundation commission-the first was the 1986 Carnegie Task Force on Teaching as a Profession--advocating a centralized, national system of teacher licensing controlled by private organizations with stakes in the process.
NCTAF is the latest incarnation of a Carnegie Corporation commission -- the first was the 1986 Carnegie Task Force on Teaching as a Profession -- advocating a centralized, national system of teacher licensing controlled by private organizations with stakes in the process.
In 2003, NCTAF released the groundbreaking report No Dream Denied: A Pledge to Americas Children, which showed the US has a teacher retention problem, not a teacher shortage.
For far too long, many districts and states have neglected to provide teachers with the supports they need to be successful with all students," said Melinda George, president of NCTAF.
Poor teaching conditions often lead the lists of explanations for why new teacher leave the teaching profession, along with a lack of preparation, support, and the low regard for the profession (Ingersoll, 2002; NCTAF, 2003).
In November 2001, just a few months before the law was signed into effect, NCTAF announced that Darling-Hammond was moving to Stanford University and it was getting a new leader.