Week of April 1 in Teacher Ed News

| April 5, 2019

CTV News. Ontario considering mandatory annual math testing for all teachers   The consideration of the annual test for all teachers comes after the government passed legislation Wednesday that will require all aspiring teachers in Ontario to pass a math test before receiving their licence.

Daily Mail. Revealed: The ridiculously easy test designed to weed out poor student teachers – but those who fail are STILL being allowed in the classroom   Student teachers have three chances to sit the LANTITE test administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)… Students are instead trying up to five times after receiving study support and coaching from their universities who back them…

International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030. Strategic Plan 2018 – 2021 

The Guardian. School music report reveals cuts, inequality and demoralised teachers   …an increase in GCSE courses starting in year 9, mean that music is being squeezed out of the curriculum, while the number of postgraduate students choosing to train as music teachers has shrunk by over two-thirds in the past decade.

The Times of India. 14 BEd colleges derecognized  In a major setback, at least 14 teachers’ training colleges of the state, including that of Patna Women’s College, have been derecognized by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).


American Educational Research Association. Annual Meeting Online Program  Incl: Presidential Address, Amy Stuart Wells [TC Prof.]: “An Inconvenient Truth about the New Jim Crow of Education”

Anchorage Daily News. University of Alaska president recommends closing UAA’s School of Education in wake of accreditation loss   … a national oversight body, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, had revoked accreditation for UAA’s seven teacher preparation programs. The programs failed to meet four of five accreditation standards, according to CAEP.

1) Federal study finds charter middle schools didn’t help students earn college degrees   “The overall conclusion that there is little difference between charter schools and non-charter schools is not shocking to me,” said Sarah Cohodes, a professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College…
2) Indiana could scrap test seen as a barrier to training more teachers of color   The House Education Committee unanimously voted on Wednesday to remove the state requirement that students pass the basic reading, writing, and math skills test known as “CASA” as freshmen or sophomores before they enter college teacher preparation programs.

Education Week.
1) Meet the Moms Pushing for a Reading Overhaul in Their District   … in general, the part that’s most important that we’ve been pushing for from the beginning is just more comprehensive training for our teachers and really good materials around that training. And I think that’s the thing we’ve gotten most pushback on. We felt from the beginning that teachers didn’t have this information and we’ve learned that it’s not part of most teacher training programs.
2) New York Teachers Are Highest Paid in U.S., Report Finds  Teachers in New York State are paid the highest salaries in their field in the United States, according to a new report by the Rockefeller Institute of Government.
3) No substitute: Schools struggle to find coverage for classes   Experts partially blame the substitute teacher shortage on a smaller pool of new graduates looking for teaching jobs. During the 2012-13 school year, the Pennsylvania Department of Education issued 18,957 teaching certifications. Just five years later, during 2017-18 school year, that number dropped to 6,918.
4) Why Have Education Politics Gone National?  [TC Prof. J. Henig, co-author] The local political stage has become more crowded, with some of the major players coming from out of town, including philanthropies, like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation; charter networks and alternative sources of teacher credentialing, like KIPP and Teach For America…

InsideHigherEd. New Rules for Accreditors   Negotiators also approved a fix to the TEACH grant program that will allow thousands of teachers whose grants were converted into loans to appeal those decisions. 

KEPR. Columbia Basin launches degree in teacher education program   After nearly four years of work and dozens of requests, Columbia Basin College (CBC) is rolling out a Bachelor of Applied Science in Teacher Education (BASTE): Residency Teacher Preparation Program with Early Childhood Education (ECE) Endorsement.

National Center on Education and the EconomyHow Districts Can Learn From The World’s Best  …states should limit teacher education to a small number of research universities and make it more selective, as Finland did in the 1970s. While some feared that restricting entry into teacher education would lower the number of potential candidates, the opposite happened: more high-achieving students wanted to go into teaching. “They wanted to be in a profession that was considered prestigious,” Tucker said.

NEA Today. Why We Stay: What Motivates Educators To Step Into (and Remain) in the Classroom    Nationwide, and day after day, millions of educators step into school settings with a willingness to share love and commitment with their students. And although they use different words to describe why they stay, it all boils down to the determination to make a difference in students’ lives—one that will last a lifetime.

Southern Regional Education BoardGetting The Balance Right: Reconsidering the Mix of Teacher Licensure Measures   The emergence of practice-based tests might encourage policymakers to think more expansively about which measures states should use to certify teachers.

The Daily Illini. Teacher shortage sparks licensing reevaluation  The state’s approach to this shortage is to reevaluate the lengthy and expensive licensing process including the three tests required for prospective teachers: the edTPA, TAP 400, SAT or ACT and the Illinois content test.

The 74. Why Aren’t College Grads Becoming Teachers? The Answer Seems to Be Economic — and the Labor Market May Be Starting to ImprovAnd in 2017, the most recent year for which we have data, we had the first year-over-year increase in college graduates with education degrees since 2012. It’s still not much — 2017 was just .62 percent higher than 2016 — but it could be the start of a promising trend.

U.S. Department of EducationFiscal Year 2020 Budget Summary  [Elevate the Teaching Profession Through Innovation p. 7; TEACH Grants p. 34]

Walton Family Foundation. How Better School-to-Parent Communication Drives Educational Success [by TC Prof. P. Bergman]  Right after college I was a New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching special education, English and social studies for 7th and 8th graders. 

Washington Post.
1) Education Dept. rejects vast majority of applicants for temporary student loan forgiveness program   “We authorized $700 million dollars to help ensure public servants — including firefighters, teachers, and nurses — receive the loan forgiveness they have earned, and it’s maddening that the Trump Administration is letting it go to waste,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said in an email.
2) The latest ‘shockingly bad’ education idea in North Carolina   The programs offer everything from educational games to a full preschool curriculum complete with boxes of activities that are shipped to a student’s home and a teacher’s guide for an adult. 

New York State. The 2019-20 Executive Budget

  • $3 million for a We Teach New York grant program to address the teacher shortage
  • $25 million for Teachers of Tomorrow

NYSATE/NYACTE. CFP: 2019 Annual Fall Conference[Saratoga Springs, Oct. 16-18]

NYSED Board of Regents. April meeting agenda

NYS Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching. January meeting minutes

Gotham Gazette. Giving Our Children Tools to Eat and Live Healthily[co-authored by P. Koch, TC Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy]

New York Times. 50 Years of Affirmative Action: What Went Right, and What It Got Wrong   In a late-life bid for middle-class stability, he returned to college with renewed zeal for learning, and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Lehman College in 2003, then completed most of a master’s degree. He lasted only briefly as a high school social studies teacher…

WNYC. Pre-K Teachers Weigh Strike As Pay Disparity Persists  …a starting salary for a teacher with a masters working for the DOE is $56,711, compared to $34,085 for a teacher with a masters who works at a CBO. As a result, community organizations have reported an exodus of teachers for the school-based programs.

Teachers College. 332 presentations by faculty, students, staff and alumni at AERA 2019: Democratizing the Evidence in a Post-Truth Era