Week of Dec. 10 in Teacher Ed News

| December 14, 2018

BBC News
1) Mexico missing students: New president creates truth commission   The 43 trainee teachers disappeared in 2014
2) Scottish teacher training numbers increase   The number of people in teacher training in Scotland has gone up for the third year running, according to new figures.

Digital Learning Associates. Emergency English   DLA teams are currently working in refugee camps in Bangladesh and Ethiopia. We are setting up emergency language solutions for children and teachers when English suddenly becomes essential… solutions will include teacher training videos to use on mobile phones, syllabus designs that leverage additional learning beyond the classrooms, and very high speed content creation processes to allow scale and urgency.

International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET). 63rd Annual Conference, University of Johannesburg [9-11 July, 2019]


1) Community College Educator Preparation Programs Are Invited to Join the NACCTEP/AACTE Partnership
2) University of Idaho Receives Grant to Support Future Indigenous Teachers   … a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S Department of Education to support the second cohort of its Indigenous Knowledge for Effective Education Program (IKEEP), which prepares and certifies culturally responsive Indigenous teachers to meet the unique needs of Native American students in K-12 schools.

Education Week.
1) How to Be a Better Mentor to Your Student-Teachers   The children in our care deserve a teacher who is healthy, happy, and well-rested. We need to share with student-teachers how we walk that line between student needs and our own well-being. If we don’t, they won’t last long in a profession that often chews up and spits out promising teachers before they ever reach their full potential.
2) Is the Time Right to Make Education a Constitutional Right?   …Michael Rebell, the lead counsel on the case and an education law professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. “We’re not going to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to come up with a laundry list of what should be in a civics course or what extracurricular opportunity should be afforded to students… The plaintiffs’ brief contains some clues about what they feel should happen: teacher training; a curriculum that includes media literacy, civic experiences both inside and outside of the classroom; and supports for students learning English.
3) My Teacher Prep Was Not ‘Weak’ [reply to M. Tucker]  I learned skills that could not be taught in the college classroom: Empathy, differentiation for students with diverse needs, building connections with families, work ethic for the long hours it takes to be a teacher, and many more. Before entering “student teaching,” my professional internship as a senior, I had already spent hundreds of hours with students.
4) New Study Calls for More Research Into Early-Childhood Teacher Preparation  “The research suggests that we don’t know what a high-quality, early-child program looks like, so there’s no guarantee that if an early educator goes through a degree program that it will improve their practice,” said Ashley LiBetti, an associate partner with Bellwether Education Partners…
5) Thousands of Teachers Can Have TEACH Grant Debt Forgiven   The move, which comes amid pressure from the media and federal lawmakers, brings relief to thousands of teachers who received grant aid under a federal program for teacher-candidates planning to work in low-income areas, only to have those grants converted to loans due to paperwork processing issues. 

Hechinger Report. The debate over students with learning disabilities, suspensions and race   But it’s an indication that policymakers might be moving in the wrong direction if they’re trying to solve the school-to-prison pipeline by training teachers to do a better job of working with students with disabilities.

Inside Higher Ed. Education Department Changes to TEACH Program   Undergraduate and graduate students can receive the TEACH Grant if they promise to teach in a high-need field at a public school serving low-income students for four out of eight years after graduating college. But a department study released in March found that 63 percent of recipients who began teaching before July 2014 had their grants converted to loans…

KFSNTV.Fresno. 30 students sign up to be teachers with the Fresno Unified School District   It was like a high school athlete signing day, but in this case, they were committing to teaching at the district. This is the first year they could do this.

NEAToday. ‘Education is Political’: Neutrality in the Classroom Shortchanges Students    The study concludes that teacher training programs need to better prepare educators in adapting their classrooms to help students understand current events and political upheavals.

NewsChannel20. $1M grant helping support Illinois teachers   The Teacher Residency Planning Grant makes $750,000 available specifically for districts serving high rates of low-income students or students of color and districts that have experienced chronic teacher shortages. The grant will support partnerships between institutions of higher education and high-need school districts to plan full-year teacher residencies.

1) Exclusive: Ed Department To Erase Debts Of Teachers, Fix Troubled Grant Program   Since it began in 2008, the goal of the TEACH Grant program has been to entice talented, young teachers to take hard-to-fill jobs at schools in lower-income districts… Aspiring teachers get grant money to help pay for their own college or graduate school. In exchange, they agree to teach a high-need subject, including math or science, for four years in a school that serves low-income families.
2) Were Your TEACH Grants Converted To Loans While Teaching At A Qualifying School?   There is now a fix underway to help teachers who lost their grants. If you can document that you are meeting or have met the teaching requirements of the program, the Department of Education says it will change your loans back to grants.


NYSED Board of Regents
. December Meetings
1) DASA Task Force Recommendations for the DASA Training Requirement for Certification  NYS educator preparation providers could meet the three-semester hour requirement if they can demonstrate that they have incorporated the multicultural education course content into their approved program.
2) Proposed Amendments to Section 52.21 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Field Experience Requirements for Teacher Certification and the Registration of Teacher Preparation Programs  [NOTE: discussion tabled]
3) Proposed Amendments to Sections 52.21 and 80-3.7 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Student Teaching Requirements for Teacher Certification and the Registration of Teacher Preparation Programs [NOTE: moves to public comment Dec. 26, 2018]
4) Proposed Changes to Regulations on Clinical Experiences in New York State Teacher Preparation Programs

NYSED. Proposed Amendments Posted to the NYS Register with Open Comment Periods
1) State Education Department Proposes Changes to Create Opportunities for Teachers of Students with Disabilities and Career and Technical Education   Proposed Amendments Would Expand List of Eligible Certificate Titles for Certain Teachers of SWD, Extend Certain CTE Certificates to Grades 5 and 6. Public comments will be accepted through December 30, 2018
2) Addition of Certificate Titles Eligible for Grade-Level Extensions, Limited Extensions and a Statement of Continued Eligibility for Certain Teachers of Students with Disabilities. Public comments will be accepted through December 30, 2018.


Teachers College
1) Reflections on a Home Run   …an inspired donor and trustee created a fellowship program to support aspiring New York City teachers…The bequest has recently been realized, the donor’s wishes are being implemented and students are being supported. Soon NYC will have a new crop of well-prepared teachers committed to teach in New York City, free of debt, and able to focus on their dreams.
2) 2018 Sanford Teacher Award for the state of Delaware. Laura Thompson (M.A. ’02) who teaches third grade at William F. Cooke, Jr. Elementary School.