Week of Aug. 14 in Teacher Ed News

| August 18, 2017

NCEE. Empowered Educators Webinar Series: Recruitment and Preparation [Aug. 24, 3-4pm]

International Ed News. Promoting Social Justice in Physical Education Around the World

1) Collaboration and Compromise: The Key to Good Policy Making  Fortunately for teacher preparation in North Carolina, NCACTE was involved in the development of this and many other bills proposed.  We’re grateful to Senator Barefoot for seeing past the negative rhetoric around teacher preparation and seeing us as a viable partner.
2) JTE Author on Helping Candidates Address Academic Language

Argus Leader. Can Sioux Falls Schools close its teacher diversity gapMore than 50 high school students are enrolled in high school classes that feed into a college program that’s helped 15 students so far pursue teaching degrees.

1) 5 key anti-racism resources for teachers, courtesy of #CharlottesvilleCurriculum
2) A Queens teacher on Charlottesville: ‘It can’t just be teachers of color’ offering lessons on race  Hilton Kelly, a professor of education at Davidson College in North Carolina told the site, the coursework isn’t giving future teachers the training they need to talk about race.

Dothan Eagle [AL]. From retail to ‘rithmetic: Second-career teachers bring new perspective to classroom  Purvee, a former Wal-Mart manager, went back to school a few years ago to earn a teaching degree.

EdSource. Undergraduate education major, banned for 56 years, returns  …Gov. Jerry Brown has reversed a half-century-old law that prevented aspiring teachers in California from majoring in education and required them to pursue a teaching credential only after earning a bachelor’s degree.

1) 4 Tips for Awesome Eclipse Teaching
2) Have You Experienced or Witnessed a Hate Crime or Bias Incident? If you’ve got an incident or experience to share, please use this form…
3) Immigrant Influxes Put U.S. Schools to the Test  Finding and attracting Somali-speaking teaching candidates has proved challenging.
4) Teaching Force Growing Faster Than Student Enrollment Once Again  Are teacher education programs rebounding, and is that easing hiring?
5) The Nation’s Teaching Force Is Still Mostly White and Female  … the new survey, which includes the same questions as well as some new sections on teachers’ preparation and their influence over school policies, will operate on a two-year cycle.

Hechinger Report. DEBT WITHOUT DEGREE: The human cost of college debt that becomes “purgatory”  Nonetheless, he made it through the rest of high school, and kept his GPA high enough to be accepted at Georgia State University, where he wanted to study to be a history teacher.

NEA Today. Keeping the Promise of Public Service Loan Forgiveness for Educators  PSLF is an important incentive to attracting teachers to the profession, and keeping them there…

Washington Post.
1) The first thing teachers should do when school starts is talk about hatred in America. Here’s help.
2) U-Va. professor: ‘What good is education in the face of someone who closes their mind to facts?’  So if you’re an educator, don’t lose heart. If you think your curriculum needs to do a better job on the history of the KKK, or Nazism, or the Constitution, or whatever, then work for that change.

WUNC. Enrollment At NC Teaching Programs Inches Back Up  The University of North Carolina system saw a 16 percent uptick in education degree-seekers last year. 

Chalkbeat. State ed officials rip into ‘insulting’ SUNY charter proposal and ‘outrageous’ Success Academy chair  “I could go into a fast food restaurant and get more training than that,” Elia said about the proposal, which would require 30 hours of classroom instruction for prospective teachers.

City and State New York
1) “Instant” teacher licensing is a threat to charter students and the teaching profession
2) Trump, racism controversies on the syllabus at On Education event There were other signs of tension involving charter schools. Last month, the State University of New York introduced a proposal that would let some charter schools hire uncertified teachers and instead develop their own in-house certification that was less arduous.

DNA info. Charter Schools Could Get to Hire Teachers With Only 30 Hours of Training  Under a plan now open for public comment, charter school teachers will be able to get a license to teach without a master’s degree after finishing a mere 30 hours of instruction and working 100 hours in a classroom.

NY Daily News. New York education leaders blast charter school teacher certification plan  The state’s top education officials ripped a controversial plan Wednesday to allow charter schools to certify their own teachers.

SUNY Charter Schools Institute. Public Comment Period Now Open – Alternative Teacher Certification Compliance Pathways for SUNY

Chalkbeat. Bank Street heads to East New York to help child care providers play to their strengths  Site evaluations and teacher training have been a centerpiece of the city’s free pre-K program, which now serves 70,000 4-year-olds and is expanding to enroll 3-year-olds, too.

Hechinger Report. A school where you can’t fail — it just takes you longer to learn  A third of the school’s students require special education assistance; …. Even with two teachers (one trained for special education), it was difficult to engage everyone.

Village Voice.
1) How Medgar Evers College Is Raising Up Brooklyn and the Caribbean  Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College is trying a novel approach: a teaching program that will train educators both at their Crown Heights campus and at colleges in the Caribbean, where they’re hoping to incubate a new generation of K–12 teachers for the borough and those countries.
2)  To Fight Institutional Racism, Teachers Are Going Back to School  The workshop was part of Teachers College’s four-day Reimagining Education Summer Institute, a conference organized in response to what Amy Stuart Wells, the conference’s lead organizer, calls the “systematic way our educational system has tried to ignore the central role of race and culture” in solving the ills of American schools.