Transition to Teaching
Increasing the Odds: How Good Policies Can Yield Better Teachers
Provides a synthesis of recent research on the attributes of effective teachers geared towards policy makers in order to improve program design at all levels.
Selected Features from The Education Innovator
NJ EXCEL: Following the Rigorous Road to Principal Certification, February 7, 2005
Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy
A consortium of several major universities which studies ways that communities seek to renew the quality of teaching and the teacher force through local and state level strategies and initiatives. The site provides a series of research reports, policy briefs and working papers related to teacher quality improvement efforts.
Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC)
Organized through the Council of Chief State School Officers, INTASC is a consortium of state education agencies and national educational organizations seeking reform of the preparation, licensing, and on-going professional development of teachers. Among other activities, INTASC has developed model standards of what a teacher should know and be able to do which serve as a resource for states in developing licensure systems.
National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)
A membership organization representing those responsible for the preparation, licensure, and discipline of educational personnel. The organization provides a variety of resources designed to promote high standards for educators; teacher mobility across state lines; comprehensive personnel screening; and information regarding teacher discipline.
National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ)
A policy and research organization promoting greater public understanding and reform of teaching policy at the federal, state, and local levels. This site provides recent policy research and news items addressing a range of teaching issues including alternative routes to certification.
The Teacher Advancement Program (TAP)
Teacher Advancement Program (TAP), begun by the Milken Family Foundations is designed to attract, retain, develop and motivate talented people to the teaching profession. To make it more attractive and rewarding to be a teacher, TAP focuses on developing multiple career paths, ongoing applied professional growth, instructionally focused accountability and performance-based compensation.