Week of Feb. 11 in Teacher Ed News

| February 15, 2019

Skill Reporter. Punjab Government to appoint ‘Teacher Educators’ for imparting skill development to teachers

Teachers College. Broadening a Fruitful Partnership: A generous new gift from the Lemann Foundation brings TC researchers to Brazil   Professor of Early Childhood Education Mariana Souto-Manning is leading a three-year project titled Transforming Teacher Education Research in Brazil: An Equity Imperative…

Tes. [UK]
1) Need to know: Hinds’ teacher recruitment and retention strategy   And it adds that the initial teacher training (ITT) market is overly complex.
2) New teachers suffered from mental health cuts as pupils   The pupil-wellbeing crisis in UK schools is filtering through to teachers, as growing numbers of trainees turn up with “severe” mental health problems, it was revealed today.

Queens University Journal. Education production aims to Get Schooled   Musical brings student teacher experience on stage


American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). Online Event Planner 71st Annual Meeting [Louisville, Feb. 22-24]

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation(CAEP). 2019 Spring CAEP Conference[Denver, Mar. 19-20]

Ed-Fi Alliance. Ed-Fi Alliance Extends Technology Model to Bring Benefits of Data Interoperability to Higher Education: New Community-Led Effort Focuses on Bringing Comprehensive Data to Teacher Preparation Programs Across the Country

EdSource. Gov. Newsom names new head of State Board of Education in California   Darling-Hammond, who currently chairs the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, will succeed another Stanford professor emeritus, Michael Kirst…

1) Denver Teacher Strike Continues as District and Union Inch Closer to a Resolution   The lawsuit is seeking a court order to ensure the district provide the necessary special education services to students with disabilities—by having properly trained staff members care for those students instead of substitutes…
2) Public School Strikes Revive Clash With Teach for America   …hundreds of Teach for America alumni criticized the educator placement program for suggesting corps members who strike in Oakland would lose thousands of dollars promised to them at the end of their two-year service commitment… losing their ties to AmeriCorps, which offers award money at the end of their service and bans striking.
3) What Kind of Programs Can Help Teacher Diversity?   Teachers of color are more likely to enter the classroom via alternative route programs as compared to white teachers. However, little is known about how and why these programs can produce diverse teacher candidates. 

InsideHigherEd. More Time to Comment on Title IX Rule   …because of technical issues on the regulations.gov site that may have prevented some from submitting comments on the day of the deadline, Jan. 30. This is the second time the department has extended the public comment process for the rule because of technical issues.

NEPC. Radical Eyes for Equity: Evidence v. Advocacy in Teaching Reading: “We Should Not Mistake Zeal for Warrant”   During the current media blitz once again hand-wringing that children are not being taught to read because teachers are not prepared properly in teacher education and students are not receiving intensive phonics instruction, Willingham held forth on his blog to answer: Just how polarized are we about reading instruction?

NYTimes. Denver Teachers Once Hailed Performance-Based Pay. Now They’re on Strike Over It… teachers say they are struggling to pay off student loans and cannot afford rent, much less buy a home.

Scientific American. Black Mathematical Excellence: A Q&A with Erica Walker  [TC Clifford Brewster Upton Professor of Mathematical Education] As a mathematics educator, I also really wanted to shed some light on the mathematics education of these amazing people—and how their rich and varied stories about doing math in and out of school could positively influence how we help young people engage in mathematics today.

Southern Regional Education Board. STATE POLICIES TO IMPROVE TEACHER PREPARATION: Report of the SREB Teacher Preparation Commission

1) Analysis — The Uncertain Future of Teaching: How Personalization, Specialization, Soft Skills, and a Talent Shortage Could Reshape the Profession   …advocates of teacher preparation reform have long called for new teachers to get more clinical practice and “learn by doing.” Building from that spirit, training institutions might develop new expertise and roles by partnering with innovative schools on residency-based training experiences.
2) Presidential Candidate Cory Booker Reflects on the School Reforms He Brought to Newark as Mayor and the Education Legacy He’s Left Behind   We’re going to get the charters to help with the districts [on teacher training], so create one melded system. 

USA Today. The internet is sowing mass confusion. We must rethink how we teach kids every subject.   We will need to develop new approaches to professional development for teachers, who sometimes are as confused as their students. And we’ll have to overhaul teacher education, so that new teachers feel prepared when they tell kids to open their Chromebooks.

US News & World Report. Report Shows 30,000 Oklahoma Teachers Have Left Profession   The report highlights several effects of the state’s ongoing teacher shortage, including teacher-student ratios and an increasing number of emergency-certified educators who are teaching subjects in which they lack expertise.

WDJT-Milwaukee. Wisconsin educators look to retain teachers amid shortage   Wisconsin’s teacher shortage led to the loosening of restrictions in 2016 to allow educators to teach subjects that they might not have credentials in, and to expand pathways to the classroom for applicants who went through an alternative certification program.

WHYY. What’s the best way to teach math?   Caroline Ebby teaches aspiring math teachers at the University of Pennsylvania. She said the issue is that, in the U.S. people learn math as a set of rules to follow.


NYSED Regents February Meeting. Consent Agenda.
1) Appointments to the State Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching (PSPB)
2) Proposed Amendments to Sections 52.21 and 80-4.3 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Creation of an Extension for Holders of the Career and Technical Education Certificate to Teach Grades 5 and 6
3)  Proposed Amendments to Sections 80-3.15 and 80-4.3 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Addition of Certificate Titles Eligible for Grade Level Extensions, Limited Extensions, and a Statement of Continued Eligibility for Cer


Chalkbeat. New raises continue to leave some New York City pre-K teachers behind   Over the four-year term of that agreement, salaries will increase from $40,000 to $50,000 for certified teachers with a master’s degree. Teachers with lower degrees will still earn far more under the new UFT contract…

CUNY. Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez Named Chancellor Of City University Of New York

Gothamist. NYC Student Activists Demand More Teachers Of Color, Fewer Police Officers In Schools   A DOE spokesperson said many of the improvements students want were underway. For example, the NYC Men Teach initiative is working to bring 1,000 teachers of color into city schools. 

NYTimes. Saturdays in the Bronx With Bach   Nearly every weekend for the past 28 years, local children have flocked to the Bronx Conservatory of Music for very low-cost instruction in classical music… The teachers at the conservatory are mostly young graduates or postgraduates from schools in and around New York: Juilliard, Mannes, the Manhattan School of Music.