Week of Feb. 20 in Teacher Ed News

| February 24, 2017

BBCNews. Teacher shortage getting worse, say MPs …recruitment targets for teacher training have been consistently missed

Education International. UK: workloads spark a crisis in teacher recruitment and retention

IEN. Building Hope In South African Education they have to find ways to attract students, recruit teachers, tutors…

The Hill. The Japanese education system may solve the problems of US public education Elizabeth Green, author of Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and how to Teach it to Everyone) found a similar pattern when she interviewed Akahiko Takashi, once one of Japan’s leading teachers

115th US Congress.
1) H.R.610 Choices in Education Act of 2017 This bill repeals the No Hungry Kids Act and Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 and limits the authority of the Department of Education (ED) such that ED …is authorized only to award block grants to qualified states.
2) H.R.899 – To terminate the Department of Education.

1) Ask Congress to Rescind the Teacher Preparation Regulations!
2) February Federal Update Webinar archive

Boston Univ. The Daily Free Press. Study finds statewide lack of diversity in teacher prep programs

The Chronicle. Betsy DeVos Criticizes Professors in Remarks to Conservative Conference. “The faculty, from adjunct professors to deans, tell you what to do, what to say, and more ominously, what to think. They say that if you voted for Donald Trump, you’re a threat to the university community” …

1) ‘Education Establishment’ Has Blocked Efforts to Fix Schools Now let me ask you: How many of you are college students? The fight against the education establishment extends to you too … –USED Secretary DeVos
2) Colo. District Considers Building Tiny Homes for Teachers Eagle County School District in Colo. is considering tiny home construction as a strategy to recruit and retain teachers…
3) Drawing a Line Between Civics Education and Activism there’s a connection between college students being educated for civic engagement but not being educated for civic literacy.
4) Eight Steps to Improve the Ed-Tech Industry: Education technology is worryingly disconnected from education research [by TC President Susan Fuhrman]
5) Home Visits With a STEM Twist It’s unusual for a school of education to provide home-visit training for its candidates
6) More South Dakota teachers retiring, fewer recruited   “The bottom line is we can’t hire good, new teachers if there aren’t good, new people going into the profession,” …
7) Should Job Shadowing Be a Requirement for Teacher License Renewal?
8) Video: A Teacher Explains Formative Assessments

1) Beyond ‘Hidden Figures’: Nurturing New Black and Latino Math Whizzesfour hours of math a day taught by 10 experienced math teachers, several of them Ph.D.’s.
2) For-Profit Schools, an Obama Target, See New Day Under Trump So it is in higher education that the new administration’s power is likely to be felt most keenly and quickly.
3) Rough First Week Gives Betsy DeVos a Glimpse of the Fight Ahead …accused some of the school’s teachers of passively awaiting instruction and said she would be pleased if the department she currently runs did not exist in the future.
4) Three Teaching Ideas for Making Presidents’ Day Great Again
5) Trump Rescinds Rules on Bathrooms for Transgender Students And Ms. DeVos, faced with the alternative of resigning or defying the president, agreed to go along.

Washington Post.
1) Ohio Gov. Kasich is trying to impose this misguided mandate on teachers   …all new teachers applying for a license … will be required to get some “on-site work experience with a local business or chamber of commerce.”
2) Senate Democrats seek answers about a Trump higher ed task force We are also very troubled that there has been no public explanation by the President or the Administration about what will be under the formal purview of this task force.

1) Gov. Cuomo is proposing free college tuition, but are his plan’s rules too strict?
2) New York state charges forward with its ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative   the state has split the $20 million into grants that encourage the recruitment of a diverse pool of high-quality teachers, along with family and community engagement, and programs focused on college and career success.

Newsday. SUNY chancellor endorses gov’s tuition plan, addresses criticisms

NY Daily News. Cuomo’s very good college investment

1) ESSA Winter Regional meetings. Participants must RSVP to ensure that they will be able to participate in the meetings.
2) A.G. Schneiderman And State Education Commissioner Elia Issue Reminder That New York State Protects Transgender Students

1) New York City is touting grad rates at its lowest-performing high schools, but far fewer students are graduating from them   “In one sense, it can almost be framed as a marketing problem,” said Aaron Pallas, a professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College.
) Prayers, precision and push-ups: A special ed teacher puts his unusual background to work in the classroom Asomugha made his way to the classroom through New York City Teaching Fellows, an alternative certification pathway for new graduates and career-changers, and has been mentored through NYC Men Teach…

Teachers College.
1) Celebration of Teaching 2017: Scaffolding Content And Language In The Multilingual Classroom. Sat. March 4, Zankel 408
2) TC Mourns Shakespeare Teacher John Henry Browne, a “True Keeper of the Flame”