Week of Dec. 11 in Teacher Ed News

| December 15, 2017

. #AACTE18 Preconference Event to Bring Focus of ‘Global Lens’ to Educator Preparation

Education International.
1) Is teaching still a profession where you are…we now can’t assume to hold on to the gains of decades, or rely on the manifest evidence of better student outcomes arising from proper teacher preparation and moderated judgment.
2) UK: Workload driving teachers out of profession – union survey   However, “many do not feel confident of being able to remain in teaching in the longer term and would not recommend a career in teaching to others”…

NL Times. Gov’t halves tuition for teachers-in-training to fight teacher shortage

Queen’s University [CA]. Community-based Aboriginal Teacher Education Program expands to full-time model


. Letter to the House Education and the Workforce Committee in Advance of the HEA Bill Markup

Bloomberg. Tentative Tax Deal Scraps Hit on Tuition for Graduate Students  A provision to treat graduate school tuition waivers as taxable income won’t be in the final House-Senate tax package

1) America’s teachers don’t move out of state much. That could be bad for studentsThe study finds that people in other professions, like medicine, are freer to move and have certifications that easily transfer between states. But the idea of a national “bar exam” for educators hasn’t ever gained traction.
2) ‘Low pay and low prestige’: How Colorado superintendents want to lift the teaching profession  Over the past five years, Colorado has seen a nearly 23 percent dip in the number of students completing education preparation programs in Colorado colleges and universities. Growth in non-traditional paths — such as teacher residencies — hasn’t made up the difference.

1) Are States Tracking Teacher Shortages? Generally, NoTeacher-preparation programs tend to overproduce graduates with elementary education degrees, and yet many secondary science and special education positions go unfilled. But college of education faculty often balk at the idea of telling students what they can and can’t study.
2) House Panel Backs Higher Ed. Rewrite Ending Teacher-Focused Grants  …the legislation repeals Title II in current law that governs teacher preparation. The PROSPER ACT also ends TEACH grants, which provides grants to undergraduate and graduate students who agree to teach subjects like math and science in high-needs schools for a certain number of years.
3) Proposed Higher-Ed Revamp Could Shake Up Student Aid, Teacher Prep   …the Teacher Quality Partnership grants, which are designed to improve teacher-prep programs and now receive $41.3 million, would lose their authorization under the legislation from Foxx and Guthrie. And the bill would end the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which allows teachers and others in government jobs to have their student-loan debt forgiven under certain circumstances.

Inside Higher Ed.
1) Apparent Relief for Grad Students  Lawmakers from the two chambers of Congress agreed to drop provisions that would treat graduate student tuition benefits as taxable income and repeal student loan interest deductions.
2) GOP Pushes Ahead on Higher Ed Act  One would have made recipients of the new single federal student loan proposed in the bill eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness. That amendment failed 20 to 19…

NYTimes. Can Kindness Be Taught?  Since the curriculum was introduced in August, more than 15,000 educators, parents and others from around the world have signed up for it.

Washington Post.
1) Proposed tax for graduate students killed, student loan interest deduction saved in congressional bill
) Never mind Trump’s visit. Mississippi’s new Civil Rights Museum is a game changer for education. An investigation by The Hechinger Report and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting found a lack of training, instruction and resources available for teaching civil rights in Mississippi.


NYS Assembly
. Bill A3676A Signed into law  Relates to admission requirements for graduate-level teacher and educational leader programs for certified teachers already holding a graduate degree… Each program may exempt no more than fifteen percent of any incoming class of students from such selection criteria

NYSED Clinical Practice Work Group. Updates on group charge, membership, meetings

NYSED Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Task Force. Updates on group charge, membership, meetings

NYSED Regents. [December 11-12 meetings]
1) NYS Board of Regents Early Childhood Workgroup’s Blue Ribbon Committee Final Budget Recommendations  Recommendations Total $37 MillionProvide $2.5M to adopt and implement a competency-based approach in pre-service teacher preparation programs and in-service professional development for new and existing educators and leaders
2) Proposed Amendment to Section 80-4.3 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Grade-Level Extensions for Certain Candidates Who Hold a Students with Disabilities Generalist Teaching Certificate
3)  Discussion of Whether Educator Preparation Programs Should be Considered Continuously Accredited if They Apply for Accreditation Through an Alternative Professional Association that is Seeking Recognition from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the United States Department of Education
4) Proposed Amendment to Section 80-3.4 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Mentoring Requirement for Professional Certification
5) Proposed Amendment to Section 80-5.13 to the Regulations of the Commissioner to Allow for Greater Flexibility in Alternative Teacher Preparation Programs
6) Proposed Amendments to Part 30 of the Regents Rules and Section 52.21 and Part 80 the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to a New Certification Area and Tenure Area for Computer Science
7) Proposed Amendment to Add a New Section 80-5.26 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to Allow a Temporary Certificate for Teachers Displaced from Puerto Rico and/or Another U.S. Territory as a Result of Hurricane Maria to Teach in New York State
8) Proposed Amendment to Section 145-2.1 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Eligibility Criteria for the Tuition Assistance Program
9) Update on the edTPA Standard Setting Panel and Amendment to Section 80-1.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to Extend the edTPA Safety Net and Revise the Eligibility Criteria for the Multiple Measures Review Process