Washington, D.C. -- Today, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) announced the inaugural class of its new Senior Visiting Fellows Program. This select group of accomplished and diverse individuals represents a cross-section of professionals from across the education sector. While passionate about improving various aspects of the education system, they share the organization's mission to ensure every child has access to an effective teacher and every teacher has the opportunity to be effective.
Over the course of the year-long fellowship, participants will be immersed in a number of NCTQ's key efforts—offering guidance and critiques—including scaling the adoption of reading science in teacher preparation; leveraging content-specific elementary teacher licensing exams as a mechanism for strengthening and diversifying the workforce; encouraging states to raise the bar for teacher prep through the program approval process; providing states and districts with explicit research-based policy recommendations; and strengthening relationships with education stakeholders who are best positioned to bring about meaningful change.
The 2020-2021 Fellows are:
"Through this new initiative, NCTQ aims to bring together leading thinkers in education to help expand our work and challenge our thinking on key teacher quality issues," says NCTQ President Kate Walsh. "Our inaugural class of Fellows are distinguished additions, and we are enthused to bring their voices and perspectives to our work."
The NCTQ Senior Visiting Fellows Program, now in its first year, aims to bolster NCTQ's work by building connections with related initiatives in the field and deepening the organization's thinking, while also elevating the voices of these talented education professionals.
To schedule an interview with NCTQ, please contact Samantha Jacobs at (202) 393-0020 ext. 714.
About the National Council on Teacher Quality: The National Council on Teacher Quality is a nonpartisan research and policy group, committed to modernizing the teaching profession and based on the belief that all children deserve effective teachers. We recognize that it is not teachers who bear responsibility for their profession's many challenges, but the institutions with the greatest authority and influence over teachers. More information about NCTQ can be found on our website, www.nctq.org.