September 15, 2016
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News Digest


Learning Policy Institute Report: A Coming Crisis in Teaching? Teacher Supply, Demand, and Shortages in the U.S. - coauthored by NCTAF Commissioner Linda Darling-Hammond

Recent media reports of teacher shortages across the country are confirmed by the analysis of several national datasets reported in this brief. Shortages are particularly severe in special education, mathematics, science, and bilingual/English learner education, and in locations with lower wages and poorer working conditions. Shortages are projected to grow based on declines in teacher education enrollments, coupled with student enrollment growth, efforts to reduce pupil-teacher ratios, and ongoing high attrition rates.

Houston, Guilford Co., Santa Ana and Dayton Name New Superintendents - featuring NCTAF Commissioner Richard Carranza

Several big-city school districts are beginning the 2016-2017 school year with new leaders at the helm. Houston Independent School District recently selected Richard Carranza to take the reins of the nation’s seventh largest school system with more than 215,000 students.

Op-Ed: Why Black Men Quit Teaching

How can we help black boys succeed in school? One popular answer is that we need more black male teachers. The argument may be well intentioned, but it is a cop-out. Schools are failing black male students, and it’s not because of the race of their teachers. These students are often struggling with the adverse effects of poverty, the inequitable distribution of resources across communities and the criminalization of black men inside and outside of schools. Black male teachers can serve as powerful role models, but they cannot fix the problems minority students face simply by being black and male.

XQ Super Schools Announced

XQ: The Super School Project announced the winners of its yearlong competition that aims to "reimagine American high schools." Each school will receive $10 million over the next five years. The goal is to invest in innovative ways to reshape high school education. 



From NCTAF's Blog


A Challenge to the Business Community About What Matters Now - by NCTAF Commissioner Patrick S. Finn

A few years ago, I attended the White House Science Fair, where I had the honor to spend a few moments with President Obama on the topic of education in the U.S. He was interested in corporate America’s focus on education. I shared my view that there are 4 reasons why improving education in the U.S. is so important for the future of America and the health of corporations:
  1. Education must be improved for all of our children to ensure a strong and healthy society;
  2. Innovation has to be the heartbeat of the digital era and the evolution of the educational process;
  3. Success for America in the global, competitive environment depends on an education system that produces 21st century critical thinkers and problem solvers; and
  4. Jobs are dependent on a strong education system that values global competitiveness and an innovative culture.


News Digest


PDK Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools

Why school? Work? Citizenship? Academics? PDK's 48th annual poll results show that Americans don’t agree on the overall purpose of education.

Download the 2016 poll executive summary, topline data, questionnnaire, and PowerPoint of poll highlights here.



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REL Midwest: How to Use the School Survey of Practices Associated with High Performance

Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest, in partnership with its School Turnaround Research Alliance, developed a survey that state education departments and school districts can use to measure the degree to which schools are engaging in practices associated with high performance. An extensive literature review was conducted to determine key domains of practices and policies (for example, effective leadership, curriculum, professional development, positive school culture, data practices) in which high-performing schools engage, and a search was conducted to assess existing surveys that measured similar key dimensions and supporting constructs.
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