Week of Aug. 5 in Teacher Ed News

| August 9, 2019

NOTE: Teacher Ed News will resume the week of Sept. 2

Boston Globe. The ugly legacy of Ronald Reagan   In October 1971, when Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon had their little racist chat, several members of Teachers for East Africa and Teacher Education in East Africa were in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda for the US Agency for International Development, teaching their students, who (notwithstanding Reagan’s remark about footwear) were delightfully shoe-shod. 

Brookings Institute. Scaling education programs in the Philippines: A policymaker’s perspective   … system-wide approaches for improving teacher quality and encouraging responsive instructional practices to improve learning outcomes.

NYTimes. The Schoolteacher and the Genocide: He dreamed of educating the children in his village. But soon he learned that it was dangerous for the Rohingya to dream.   A friend of his, who taught Quranic school in the morning and afternoon at the mosque, suggested that Futhu hold a small class teaching children English and Burmese during the day. There were so many children who wanted to learn, the friend said. Together they collected two dozen students. 

UNESCO. Meeting Commitments: Are Countries On Tra­ck To A­chieve SDG 4? Target 4.c: By 2030, substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers, including through international cooperation for teacher training in  developing countries, especially least  developed countries and small island developing States

Wall Street Journal. To Really Learn, Our Children Need the Power of Play: The U.S. can learn a big lesson from Finland’s education system: Instead of stress and standardized testing, schools should focus on well-being and joy   The cultural shift is profound. Instead of annual, high-stakes standardized tests, Finnish children are assessed all day, every day, by a much more accurate instrument: trusted teachers who are selected, trained and respected as elite professionals.


AACTEAACTE Welcomes New Dean in Residence to National Office

AACTE/SCALE. June/July edTPA Community Newsletter
1) New national director
2) 2020 national conference
3) Updated handbooks ant templates available
4) Annual and Biannual Summary Reports Available

Chalkbeat. I convinced my teachers to walk our students’ neighborhoods. It changed our school.   I had raised the idea that our teachers should tour the city of Camden. By “tour,” I didn’t mean take pictures and stop at a local restaurant to eat. I meant that teachers should walk on the same streets as their students to and from school. They should see the coexistence of pride and poverty…

1) 5 Big Ed-Tech Problems to Solve in 2020: Q&A With ISTE’s Richard Culatta   District leaders have flagged a big problem, and ISTE is working to solve it: Until recently, there was no vendor-neutral program to teach teachers how to use technology effectively, Culatta said… He said that a teacher would never say they were a “Houghton-Mifflin teacher, I only use textbooks by Houghton-Mifflin.  Give me a break. Immediately, there were would be a conflict of interest.
2) Can PEMDAS Solve That Viral Math Problem? Teachers Debate   When writing problems, math teachers should be clear in what they’re asking of their students, teachers said. And there’s value in teaching students how to be clear communicators of math, too.
3) Teacher-Licensing Scheme Lands Memphis Man in Court   Authorities said Mumford directed the stand-ins to appear at test sites in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi, where they would falsely identify themselves as the teachers who were registered for the test. “Defendant Mumford obtained tens of thousands of dollars from teachers and aspiring teachers during the conspiracy,” the indictment said.

Hechinger Report. Opinion: Why every English teacher should assign Toni Morrison [by J. Snider, Columbia Univ.]

NEPC. Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: How Do Teachers Teach–Then and Now   How do most teachers teach? The short answer is that teachers draw from two traditions of teaching…

TeachThought. The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 173 How Can We Prepare Teachers For Deeper Learning?

US Federal Register. Notice Inviting Postsecondary Educational Institutions To Participate in Experiments Under the Experimental Sites Initiative; Federal Student Financial Assistance Programs Under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as Amended   Under the ESI, the Secretary has authority to grant waivers of certain title IV, HEA statutory or regulatory requirements to allow a limited number of institutions to participate in experiments to test alternative methods of administering the title IV… and (4) allowing institutions to pay low-income students for work experiences required by their program, such as student teaching and clinical rotations. 


NYSATE/NYACTE. Call for Nominations: R. Neal Appleby Outstanding Teacher Educator Award


Teachers College.
1) Celebrating a Family’s Exceptional Support: Thirty years of Jaffe Peace Corps Fellows  … support for Teachers College’sPeace Corps Fellows Program– a master’s degree program that prepares Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to teach in under-resourced New York City public schools…
2) Celebrating a Landmark Southern Educator – and TC Hero: Mississippi honors the late Jane Ellen McAllister, the nation’s first black woman to receive a Ph.D. in Education   Her Teachers College professor and advisor, Mabel Carney, subsequently wrote that “the real history of the study of American Negro education on the advanced level” began with McAllister’s TC thesis, titled “The Training of Negro Teachers in Louisiana.”
3) Teaching Residents at Teachers College (TR@TC). Summer Edition Newsletter