Week of April 15 in Teacher Ed News

| April 19, 2019

. Many more entering and staying in the profession: Ministry data   But despite the projected retention rates for teachers, New Zealand Educational Institute Te Riu Roa president Lynda Stuart said there was still work to be done in making teaching a viable long-term career choice.

Global Partnership for Education. We must support our teachers   Countries have different definitions of what it means to be ‘trained’, making it difficult, if not impossible, to draw international comparisons. Some countries require an advanced university degree that can span five years of education. For others, a three-month training program seems to be enough.

Longfellow Foundation. Global Teacher Education Fellows Program [deadline: May 1]

New York Times. Artist Ai Weiwei Takes Aim at State Violence in Mexico With Legos Entitled “Reestablishing Memories,” the work also features a timeline of the 2014 abduction of the trainee-teachers from the all-boys Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College in southern Mexico and the government’s widely disparaged investigation into the case.


American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
. Call for Board and Standing Committee Nominations Now Open

Association of Teacher Educators. 2019 ATE Summer Conference, Burlington VT, July 26-30. CFP: due May 15 

California State University. Recruiting and Preparing Teachers for Diverse Classrooms.

Chalkbeat. Are teachers unions helping or hurting schools? Here’s what the newest research tells us   Researcher Jason Baron compared trends in teaching degrees earned in Wisconsin after 2011’s Act 10 to those trends in nearby states. The Wisconsin law appeared to lead to a 20 percent increase in the share of college students training to become a teacher…

EducationDive. Report: Overall pre-K spending grows, but few states make gains in quality, enrollment   Especially when pre-K teachers have bachelor’s degrees and are certified to teach, they often move on to jobs in the elementary grades where they can earn more money — which contributes to high turnover rates in early-childhood programs.

EdSource. Teach for America targeted as legislation seeks to limit inexperienced teachers in California: Assemblywoman says new teachers with little training can’t adequately serve neediest students

1) More Education Studies Look at Cost-Effectiveness   The Center for Benefit-Cost Studies in Education, at Teachers College, Columbia University, looked at intervention studies supported by IES. In 2014, only two of 18 research evaluations planned to analyze the costs of their interventions. Two years later, that was up to seven of 22 funded studies, but they included few details.
2) Where Will the Next Teacher Protests Take Place?   North Carolina teachers will protest in Raleigh on May 1, calling for a 5 percent pay raise, more support staff in schools, extra pay for advanced degrees, and an expansion of Medicaid to improve student health. 

Forbes. Think You Want To Be A Teacher? Read This First   But one reason the system is broken is that teacher education programs are broken. There’s a wide gulf between what cognitive scientists have found about how children learn and what teachers—and their supervisors—have been led to believe. 

NEAToday. Public Education ‘Ground Zero’ in Radical Right’s Assault on Democracy, Says Historian  Buchanan grew up in rural Tennessee, attended public schools and went to a local teachers’ college. Why did he have such animus towards public goods and America’s existing social contract when he was a direct beneficiary of them?

NCEE. Leading High-Performance School Systems: Lessons from the World’s Best, Apr. 23 1-5pm [incl. Susan Fuhrman, Past-President, Teachers College]

The Ada News. Klaric to deliver ECU’s eighth annual Lockmiller Lecture on Wednesday   Klaric will present some of her recent findings about ECU alumnus and artist Leon Polk Smith… Born in 1906 in the Chickasaw Nation in Indian Territory, Smith attended what is now ECU and graduated in 1934 with a bachelor of arts degree in English. He began teaching primary and secondary school in Oklahoma while completing a master’s degree in art and educational psychology at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

The Atlantic. Why American Students Haven’t Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years   While some elementary teachers have embraced the approach advocated by the NAEP panel, it’s clear that most have been trained to in methods that aren’t supported by research, and that many are resistant to change

Washington Post.
1) Teaching is a marathon for this D.C. educator. It’s her students who cross the finish line.   Harper, a native of Silver Spring, never intended to be a teacher. But after completing a few legal internships while attending Atlanta’s Spelman College, she decided the best way to help was to reach children before they became entangled in the justice system. She graduated from college in 2012 and joined the nonprofit Teach for America program in Houston.
2) Why this South Carolina teacher quit mid-year: ‘The unrealistic demands and all-consuming nature of the profession are not sustainable’   There was also bad news about future teachers: The number of South Carolina students who completed a teacher education program has declined by 32 percent since 2012-2013, it said.


Bank Street GSE
1) Bank Street Graduate School of Education Receives Grant to Launch new TESOL Residency Program   This spring, the Bank Street Graduate School of Education received a grant from the Walton Family Foundation to help support the launch of a new Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Residency Program. The two-year program aims to support accessible, high-quality teacher preparation for educators pursuing TESOL certification while increasing diversity in the profession.
2) New ONLINE Master’s Degrees in Early Childhood & Childhood Education

Center for Innovation in Teacher Education and Development (CITED). Teatro and Culture Circles: Transformative Teacher Education Pedagogies [Teachers College, Apr. 30] … underscore the particular promises of critical pedagogies, like Freirean Culture Circles and Boalian Theatre of the Oppressed, for preparing asset-oriented teacher educators, particularly given trends in teacher education to value reductive notions of teacher educator knowledge and practice.

Gotham Gazette. As Early Childhood Educators Consider Strike, New York City Must Achieve Pay Parity   CBO-based pre-K teachers with bachelor’s degrees earn significantly less than their counterparts with the Department of Education (DOE) — and often work more hours for a longer school year. A CBO-based certified teacher with five years of experience makes approximately $42,000, while DOE counterparts with the same credentials earn closer to $60,000.