Tomorrow, in partnership with U.S. News & World Report, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) will publish the Teacher Prep Review, the first-ever comprehensive evaluation of teacher preparation in the United States.
On the even of this momentous occasion, which assuredly will lead to major “reforms” in teacher preparation colleges across the country, let us take a moment and remember who is doing the evaluating. For those of you who are too tired of reading lengthy blogs let me put this in perspective for you in short order: the majority of the board of directors, advisory board, and financial donors mostly work for (or are closely associated with) companies, think tanks and “no profits” many of which are already, or stand to gain, record profits by providing the goods and services which no doubt will be found “lacking” in higher education institutions. Their “recommendations” could easily serve as a gateway for their own companies to “partner with” or just flat out replace college of education programs. (spoiler alert: the advisory board member listed first is Sir Michael Barber; Chief Education Adviser, Pearson International).
READ ON… (all of this information can be found at their website)
For more extensive insights into NCTQ corporate interest see “Krash course on NCTQ”
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Hon. Barbara O’Brien is president at Get Smart Schools. Get Smart Schools prepares school leaders-partners with Teach for America and Walton Foundation)
Stacey Boyd is the founder and CEO of The Savvy Source for Parents, which provides education and technology consulting services to non-profits, corporations and government entities, with clients that include the World Economic Forum, the US Department of State and US Agency for International Development. In the spring of 2003, Ms. Boyd concluded a four-year tenure as the President and CEO of Project Achieve, Inc., a company she founded
Chester E. Finn, Jr. is president of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation and Thomas B. Fordham Institute and senior editor of EducationNext. Dr. Finn is also a Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution,
Ira Fishman– founding CEO of HiFusion, an innovative education and consumer media company. Also an Aspen Teacher Leader Fellow in 2012.
Dr. Garlett is the former Vice President, Academic Programs & Professional Licensure at Laureate Education, and was appointed as Kaplan University’s first Academic Dean for its School of Education, She served as the Founding Dean of the Teachers College at Western Governors University, where she established national programs in initial educator licensure that were approved by multiple states.
Henry Johnson– He is currently a senior advisor for B&D Consulting in Washington, D.C. Partners with Defense Information Systems Agency and the Dept of Defense and the US Army
Carol G. Peck is currently the President and CEO of the Rodel Charitable Foundation of Arizona.
John Winn has joined the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) in March 2007 as the Chief Program Officer of Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program and the UTeach program.
Kate Walsh has served as the president of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) since 2002. Before coming to NCTQ, she worked for The Abell Foundation in Baltimore, the Baltimore City Public Schools, and the Core Knowledge Foundation. she also started the first alternative certification program for teachers in Maryland, a project which led to her strong interest in teacher quality. The Core Knowledge Foundation is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan educational foundation founded in 1986 by E. D. Hirsch, Jr.
NCTQ (biggests) FUNDERS
The National Council on Teacher Quality receives all of its funding from private foundations.
Champion Supporter (above $200,000)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Searle Freedom Trust
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
The Joyce Foundation
The Teaching Commission
Lead Investor ($75,000-$200,000)
Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock
Gleason Family Foundation
Hyde Family Foundations
The James M. Cox Foundation
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
The Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation
Walton Family Foundation
William Penn Foundation
Chief Education Advisor, Pearson International
Teacher, Woodholme Elementary, Maryland
Director of Education Policy, Center for American Progress
Dean, School of Education and Human Development, Southern Methodist University
Founder and CEO, Teach Plus
Teacher, Fairview Middle School, Tennessee
President and Consultant, All Schools Considered
CEO and Founder, The Match School, Massachusetts
Senior Fellow, The Hoover Institution
Senior Study Director, Westat
Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
Author and Founder, Core Knowledge Foundation
State Senator, Colorado
President, BK Education Consulting Services
CEO & Executive VP, News Corporation
Founder and Chairman, Teach for America
Director of Special Projects, Educators 4 Excellence
Executive Director, EDvention
Education Specialist, Turtle Mountain Elementary School
Senior Vice President, Cambium Learning Group
Professor, Dept. of Economics, University of Missouri – Columbia
Chief, Global Policy & Advocacy, The College Board
Professor, University of Virginia
Professor and Chair, Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University