Week of April 8 in Teacher Ed News

| April 12, 2019

Center on International Education Benchmarking (CIEB). Building Systems that Work for Young Children[May 16] Join world-renowned early childhood researcher Sharon Lynn Kagan for the release of The Early Advantage 2: Building Systems That Work for Young Children

Daily Mail. Teacher at Catholic London secondary school is suspended after it’s discovered he ‘CAN’T READ or write’   Faisal Ahmed was given the green light by elite teacher training program TeachFirst despite having ‘extreme difficulty with handwriting’, problems with reading and understanding ‘written tests’.

The Telegraph. How to become a teacher – what you need to know   If we have learnt anything from Matilda’s Miss Honey or Mr Keating from Dead Poets Society, it’s that teachers can have a big impact on their students’ lives. Whether you are heading to university or tired of your desk job, you can train to become a teacher and pursue a more fulfilling and active career.

Washington Post. Mexico to receive UN help in missing students case   U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called the case of the students from the teacher’s college in Ayotzinapa “paradigmatic.”


1) 2019 Washington Week [June 2-5]
2) Call for Proposals, Reviewers for 2020 AACTE Annual Meeting “Disrupting Inequities: Educating for Change”

Anchorage Daily News. UA regents vote to eliminate UAA’s teacher preparation programs after accreditation loss   Instead of reapplying for accreditation, which could take up to three years, UA President Jim Johnsen recommended last week that regents eliminate the seven teacher preparation programs at UAA. The UAA chancellor, the UAA Faculty Senate and the UAA student government have all supported seeking re-accreditation.

Brookings Inst. The teacher diversity gap is literally inheritedUsing nationally representative surveys of the cohorts that graduated high school in the late 1970s and early 1980s, we show that compared to other children, the children of teachers are more than twice as likely to become teachers themselves. This is true for the sons and daughters of white teachers and for the daughters of black teachers; the heritability of teaching is even stronger for the daughters of Hispanic teachers. 

BuzzFeed. Kamala Harris Wants Her Teacher Pay Raise Proposal To Bring Young Black Americans To The Profession — And To Her Campaign  “I want some young student at Morehouse or Howard who is excelling in science to be able to follow their passion and go teach in the neighborhood middle school and not worry about how they’re going to put food on their own table or pay their bills,” Harris said Friday. 

Chalkbeat. Feeling ‘cheated’ by her own schooling, this award-winning N.J. math teacher tried to become the teacher she never had   But when she decided to pursue teaching, she saw that her hardships were also an advantage. She would be able to connect with students from backgrounds similar to hers in a way that many of her peers might not be able.

Council of Great City Schools. English Language Learners in America’s Great City Schools  According to the Education Commission of States (ECS), however, fewer than 30 states have state policies or department of education guidelines requiring teachers of ELLs to have specialized certification. According to the 2014 ECS report, of the 20 states that had some type of requirement for teachers of ELLs, 14 of them required an ELL-related endorsement and only six required an ELL-related license or certification.

EducationDive. AERA ’19: Testing policies are the ‘Jim Crow of education,’ association president suggests   [TC Prof.] Wells said the test score gap, teaching to the test score gap through “dumbing down the curriculum,” and discipline policies that exclude students from school are policies that target low-income communities of color and amount to a sort of “Jim Crow of education.”

Education Week.
1) Betsy DeVos: ‘Teaching Has Gotten a Bad Beating Over the Years‘   …DeVos said that part of the reason there isn’t a huge pipeline of teachers is that the profession has “gotten a bad beating over the years.” She suggested states take steps to offer advancement to effective teachers and find ways to help teachers who “may be better in a different profession to find that profession more quickly.”
2) Democrats Seeking White House Make Teacher-Friendly Pitches  Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey called for helping teachers by retiring their college debt… Marianne Williamson, an author, promises new investments in teacher training, early-childhood education, and more… It didn’t always seem politically smart to cozy up to teachers, said Jeffrey Henig, the director of the politics and education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. “That’s been ameliorated,” he said. “Teachers [are] more sympathetic allies, and that makes it a little bit easier for candidates to portray teachers as underpaid and underappreciated.”

New York Times. Is the U.S. a Democracy? A Social Studies Battle Turns on the Nation’s Values   Each of the 50 states can create its own learning standards. These documents are closely examined. While schools can teach material not included in them, they shape the content in standardized tests, and many educators rely heavily on the standards as they craft lesson plans. Student teachers are trained to use them.

Politico. Teach For America — except for California  Backed by powerful teachers unions, Democrats are pushing to ban Teach For America from California amid a wave of teacher’s strikes and a heated debate over charter schools in the nation’s most populous state.

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.Understanding Remote – UCCS students explore Colorado’s smallest schools   Through an innovative two-week immersion experience, UCCS education students assisted teachers, provided instruction to elementary and secondary students, and focused on understanding the vital link between rural schools and the local communities while exploring a unique part of Colorado.

U.S. Dept. of Education. Applications for New Awards; Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program   The purposes of the TQP program are to improve student achievement; improve the quality of prospective and new teachers by improving the preparation of prospective teachers and enhancing professional development activities for new teachers…

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.The Role of Licensing in Supporting Quality Practices in Early Care and Education   Although the conceptual relationship between licensing and quality is evolving, there is little research about how licensing influences quality. This brief provides a framework to support discussion and research in this important area.


NYSED Board of Regents. April Meetings, Higher Education Sub-committee


Consent Agenda:

NYSED News. State Education Department Proposes Changes to Enhance Teacher Preparation Programs to Better Serve English Language Learners  The State Education Department today proposed regulatory changes that would require teacher preparation programs in certain subject areas to dedicate at least three of the currently required six semester hours in language acquisition and literacy development to language acquisition and literacy development of English language learners (ELLs)…

NewsDay. Minimum student teaching time increased in NY  The change will take effect for students entering college education programs in fall 2022, according to John D’Agati, a deputy state education commissioner who coordinated the push for stronger requirements.



Chalkbeat. As New York City pre-K teachers weigh a strike, new estimate puts cost of pay boost at $438 million   Teachers can begin working at a community organization without certification while they earn their credentials, and operators say many of their teachers are on study plans because those with certification leave for the higher salaries offered at public schools.

New York Post. ‘Educational genocide’: NYC schools are leaving black and Hispanic students behind   Then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg changed the system citywide to require a minimum 90th-percentile score on national standardized intelligence tests. “Parents living in poverty don’t know about this test. It’s an awareness problem,” said James Borland, an education professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, who focuses on gifted issues.

Teachers College.
1) Shirley Chisholm Dissertation Award: Lisa Edstrom (Ed.D. ’18) began working at Barnard in 2006-2007 as a supervisor for student teachers in the Education Program. In 2008, she became the program’s Certification Officer, guiding students through the NYS teacher certification process.
2) Teaching Residents @ Teachers College April Newsletter