Week of Dec. 4 in Teacher Ed News

| December 8, 2017

Association for Teacher Education in Europe. Winter Conference 2018 [Feb. 15,16; Utrecht]

Brock University. [CA] Brock prof to lead International Society for Teacher Education  Susan Tilley, a professor in Brock’s Faculty of Education, has been elected the new Secretary-General of the International Society for Teacher Education (ISfTE).

The Australian. Teacher training must focus on school requirements  The 2014 Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group review established stricter quality assurance of teacher education programs and selection of entrants. The new literacy and numeracy test for teacher candidates puts pressure on universities to ensure their trainees have a basic level of knowledge.


1) House HEA Bill Would Repeal Title II, End TEACH Grants
2) TQP Grantees Discuss Program Transformation on Radio Show

Center for American Progress. What You Need to Know About the House Higher Education Act Bill  The largest text change in the bill is the wholesale elimination of Title II, which currently addresses teacher preparation programs. In its place, the PROSPER Act inserts a new section on apprenticeships.

Chalkbeat. A ‘portfolio’ of schools? How a nationwide effort to disrupt urban school districts is gaining traction  … dramatic changes to schools; recruited outside advocacy, teacher training, and charter groups; and spent millions to help launch new charter and district schools… pushing for policies like common enrollment, and recruiting national education groups like Teach for America, Relay Graduate School of Education, TNTP, and Stand For Children.

Education Week.
1) Can We Better Define and Identify ‘STEM Deserts’? This Nonprofit Is Going to Try   NMSI also helps establish math and science teacher-preparation programs on the model of UTeach, developed at the University of Texas at Austin…
2) Higher Ed. Overhaul Would Change FAFSA, Along With Teacher-Prep Oversight  The PROSPER Act would end Title II of the current higher education law that deals with teacher preparation… educator-preparation programs would no longer have to submit data to the federal government… The Teacher Quality Partnership grants would also lose their authorization if Title II in the current law is repealed.
3) Making Teacher Recertification Meaningful [featured series of nine articles]
4) Teachers Would Lose Loan Forgiveness Programs in Higher Education Bill  The PROSPER Act would eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program that currently allows for the cancellation of higher education debt —under certain conditions—for teachers … In addition, the bill would end loan forgiveness for teachers under the Perkins Loan Program…

Inside Higher Education.
1) Senate Passes Tax Bill With Major Implications for Higher Ed
2) Who Changes Majors? (Not Who You Think)  … percent of bachelor’s degree pursuers who entered college in 2011-12… 37 percent in education

National Skills Coalition. House Higher Education Act reauthorization bill introduced  The PROSPER Act repeals Title II of the HEA, which is the only federal initiative focused on strengthening higher education-based teacher preparation, and replaces it with a new apprenticeship grant program. This program authorizes the Secretary to issue grants on a competitive basis for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 4 years, to partnerships between businesses and educational institutions that are working to provide work-based learning opportunities for students. These grants, authorized at a funding level of $183,204,000, will require a 50% match from the grantee. 

New America. Holding the PROSPER Act Accountable  Title II of the PROSPER Act is certainly one of the greatest departures from the Higher Education Act, as postsecondary programs aimed at enhancing teacher quality are eliminated and replaced by a grant program to expand access to “in-demand apprenticeships.”

U. S. Committee on Education and the Workforce. PROSPER Act [Reauthorization of HEA, Introduced Dec. 1]. (a) REPEAL.—Title II (20 U.S.C. 1021 et seq.) is repealed… PART A TRANSITION.—Part A of title II (20 19 U.S.C. 1022 et seq.), as in effect on the day before the date of the enactment of this Act, may be carried out using funds that have been appropriated for such part until June 30, 2018.

Washington Post. GOP higher ed plan would end student loan forgiveness in repayment program, overhaul federal financial aid  It would also wind down the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant, a federal program that provides money to students willing to work in high-needs schools or teach subjects in desperate need of educators for four years. The bill calls for no new grants after June 20, 2018.


City and State New York
. Bullying, the DREAM Act and ‘money money money’  And the battle over the charter school cap may end up on the back burner in lieu of a dispute about training requirements for charter school teachers.

Teacher Education and Special Education. I Failed the edTPA. [by A. Kuranishi, TC alumnus; C. Oyler, TC Prof.] …the authors examine possible explanations for why Adam (first author), a New York City public school special educator, failed the edTPA, a teacher performance assessment required by all candidates for state certification.

How Eva Moskowitz is remaking public education as we know it, for better and — if we aren’t careful — much worse  While those who pursue the profession in other countries are provided with the infrastructure crucial to educating kids effectively — a clear sense of what students need to learn, the basic materials necessary to help them learn it (such as a curriculum), and a decent training system — teachers in the U.S. are left stranded.

New York Times. She Breaks Rules While Expecting Students to Follow Them  Every teacher is required to follow Success’s pedagogical formula and “not create chaos by marching to the beat of her own drum.” And yet this double standard — in which Moskowitz celebrates her own feisty disobedience while attributing the success of the students in her schools to their dutiful compliance — is never explored…

The New Yorker. Success Academy’s Radical Educational Experiment: Inside Eva Moskowitz’s quest to combine rigid discipline with a progressive curriculumTeachers do not develop their own lesson plans; rather, they teach precisely what the network demands… Success’s teachers operate within tightly defined boundaries, with high expectations and frequent assessment.