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America's Challenge: Effective Teachers for At-Risk Schools and Students

Pre-Webcast Presentations

As a preview to NCCTQ's live webcast on October 11, three prewebcast presentations will be available on the NCCTQ website beginning October 8, 2007. Participants are invited to view these online presentations, which will focus on examples of state and district efforts to address issues of teacher availability, recruitment, and retention. Examples included in the prewebcast presentations will be pulled from the forthcoming NCCTQ Biennial Report, America's Challenge: Effective Teachers for At-Risk Schools and Students.

Cortney Rowland
Photo of Cortney Rowland.Cortney Rowland is a program associate at Learning Point Associates. She is part of the teacher quality team and serves as the coordinator of policy products and services for the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality (NCCTQ). This work includes managing one of NCCTQ’s online resources, the Teaching Quality (TQ) Source (, which includes policy databases, interactive data tools, and a publications database. Her role with NCCTQ also requires targeted development and dissemination of products, resources, and services for regional comprehensive assistance centers. In addition, Rowland is a project manager of the team evaluating Iowa’s Teacher Quality Enhancement grant. She also plays a key role in content development and dissemination for the national Center for Educator Compensation Reform. Her prior experience includes two years of evaluating state-funded education programs for the Legislative Committee on Education Oversight in Columbus, Ohio. Rowland earned her master’s degree in sociology from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and is working on her doctorate in sociology at Loyola University–Chicago.

George Ann Rice, Ph.D.
Photo of George Ann Rice.George Ann Rice, Ph.D., retired as associate superintendent, Human Resources Division, and chief negotiator of the Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 1, 2007. She served as a teacher and department chairperson at Western High School and as assistant principal at Eldorado High School. She resigned her position with the school district in 1982 to pursue an education in the legal field and practiced law in California as a civil litigator for more than five years, returning to the school district in January of 1991. Dr. Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in 1963 at the University of Nevada–Reno. She received her M.B.A. degree in 1969 and her doctoral degree in educational administration in 1982 from the University of Nevada–Las Vegas. Dr. Rice earned her doctor degree in 1985 from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Michael Allen, Ph.D.
Photo of Michael Allen Michael Allen, Ph.D., is an education policy consultant in Washington, DC doing business as Allen Education. His clients have included state and federal agencies, universities, foundations, and nonprofit education organizations. Among his current projects are the development of a long-term initiative on science and mathematics teacher preparation and an exploratory study on the indicators of program quality in teacher preparation. Dr. Allen has 10 years of experience in the education policy field and has worked on issues related to teacher policy, accountability, No Child Left Behind, education research, and postsecondary education. He has authored many publications including major research reports on teacher preparation and teacher recruitment and retention. He was formerly a senior policy analyst and program director with the Education Commission of the States and a senior program officer with the National Research Council. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University and an M.Ed. in research methods from Charles Sturt University in Australia.




Registration is required for participation. There is no registration fee.

Pre-Webcast Presentations—October 8, 2007
In preparation for the live, interactive webcast, participants are invited to view online presentations that provide different perspectives on the current issue and/or problem associated with preparing teachers to teach in at-risk or hard-to-staff schools. Presentations will be available beginning October 8, 2007.

Funding provided by the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality. Views and opinions expressed by participants of the webcast or in the accompanying readings are not to be interpreted as the views of the funding agency or its partner organizations.

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