Talking Teaching Foundation was launched in the spring of 2011 at the outset of a significant educational reform. Along with many other states in the U.S., California adopted new and more rigorous standards in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. The adoption of new standards also meant the development of new assessments and the implementation of new curriculum. Consistent with its purpose to improve education by supporting teachers and administrators, TT staff (Directors, Saunders, Marcelletti, and McCarthy) partnered with several school districts to engage in a long-term research and development effort designed to successfully transition to the new standards, assessments and curriculum. That collection of schools districts along with TT staff functioned as a network, the Talking Teaching Network (TTN).
The Talking Teaching Foundation is intending to dissolve as the original focus of the organization, studying the transition has run its natural course. The long-term effort to study and achieve with a set of committed partner districts a successful transition to the new standards is complete. While TT could likely identify another focus for a new long-term research and development effort and a new network of partner districts, such an undertaking would go beyond the capacity of current TT staff.