Kate Walsh is president of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). Prior to NCTQ, Walsh worked extensively on education reform in both the public and private sectors, including, The Abell Foundation, Baltimore City Public Schools, the Core Knowledge Foundation and as founder and director of The Baraka School, an internationally recognized boarding school in Kenya established to educate at-risk boys from Baltimore. Teacher quality has been at the center of Walsh's work from both an academic perspective and in practice, including directing the first alternative certification program in Maryland. Her most widely publicized report, "Teacher Certification Reconsidered: Stumbling for Quality," revealed the many problems with research used to support the value of the teacher preparation and licensure. She recently co-edited a volume published by Harvard Education Press entitled A Quality Teacher in Every Classroom? Appraising Old Answers and New Ideas.