New Teacher Pension Report to be Released by National Council on Teacher Quality

“Doing the Math on Teacher Pensions: How to Protect Teachers and Taxpayers” Analyzes Cost Effectiveness, Fairness and Flexibility of Teacher Retirement Systems; Report, Which Will be Released January 27, Includes a Report Card on Each State’s Pension Policies

WHO:  National Council on Teacher Quality, a non-partisan research and policy organization.WHAT:  The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) will release Doing the Math on Teacher Pensions: How to Protect Teachers and Taxpayers, a report that challenges the claims of state pension boards and other groups about the cost effectiveness, fairness and flexibility of the traditional defined benefit pension structure still in place in 38 states across the nation. The report includes a report card on each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia with a detailed analysis of state teacher pension policies.

The NCTQ website ( will provide state-specific report cards and searchable access to the entire State Teacher Policy Yearbook dataset, which includes data on state teacher pensions. The state policy dashboard provides a customized search tool and user-friendly options for generating graphic results that can be exported and shared.

WHEN:       January 27, 2015 at 12:01am


To request an embargoed copy, please contact Lisa Cohen at NCTQ

The National Council of Teacher Quality ─comprised of reform-minded Democrats, Republicans, and Independents─ is a non-partisan research and policy group committed to restructuring the teaching profession based on the belief that all children deserve effective teachers. More information about NCTQ, including a list of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board, can be found on the NCTQ website,




Winter 2015 Series: Supporting Heritage Language Learners

Webinar 1: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 5:00 PM ET
Teaching Heritage Languages: Approaches and Strategies

This webinar introduces participants to the core concepts of heritage language teaching. Based on the responses of 1800 heritage language learners of 22 languages, the UCLA National Heritage Language Center identified the heritage language (HL) learner as an individual who:

  1. acquired English in early childhood, after acquiring the HL,
  2. has limited exposure to the HL outside the home,
  3. has relatively strong aural and oral skills but limited literacy skills,
  4. has positive HL attitudes and experiences, and
  5. studies the HL mainly to connect with communities of speakers in the U.S. and to gain insights into his/her roots.

Three general principles of heritage language teaching emerge from these findings: HL curricula should be rooted in the experiences, affective needs, and goals of HL learners; HL teaching should build on the linguistic strengths of HL learners; and HL teaching should be learner-centered and differentiated. The presenters share a community-based curriculum that represents an effective way to harness the wealth of knowledge and experiences that heritage language learners bring to the classroom.

Olga Kagan, National Heritage Language Resource Center, UCLA
Maria Carreira, National Heritage Language Resource Center, UCLA

Live purchase price: $40 for ACTFL members and $55 for non-members.
Purchase price only for “Live” recording date of January 28, 2015 (2:00 PM Pacific; 5:00 PMEastern). Will be available to purchase for archived access beginning February 1.

Webinar 2: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 5:00 PM ET
Tailoring Instruction for Heritage Language Learners: Differentiated Instruction and Mixed Classes

Webinar 3: Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 5:00 PM ET
Motivating Heritage Language Learners: Authentic Tasks and Materials

More upcoming webinar information.