Week of Feb. 25 in Teacher Ed News

| March 1, 2019

International Council on Education for Teaching.
1) 63rd World Assembly 2019, University of Johannesburg, 9-11 July [Abstracts due March 4]
2) February Newsletter

Office of The Ombudsman, Hong Kong.Government’s support for non-Chinese speaking students …including creation of an inclusive school environment, enhancement of teacher training in teaching Chinese as a second language, and provision of professional support services for schools.

The Age. Labor promises $40,000 bursaries to encourage ‘best and brightest’ into teaching  A Labor government would offer Australia’s “best and brightest” up to $40,000 to encourage them into teaching and boost the performance of Australia’s school system. Up to 1000 high-achieving students and professionals a year would receive tax-free bursaries during their teaching degrees…

The Guardian. Teachers experience more stress than other workers, study shows   The NFER called for urgent action to address the shortfall in the number of trainee teachers amid a significant drop in retention rates of early career teachers, noting the higher job security graduates can enjoy outside of the profession.


AACTE. Education Students and Diversity: A Review of New Evidence [login required] These new data document the significant financial challenges and family obligations that students of color in education programs confront, and point toward the need for targeted support services to enable these students to thrive in educator preparation programs. As schools, colleges, and departments of education continue to improve the richness and rigor of educator preparation, they also must ramp up the support services that will enable a diverse array of students to take advantage of comprehensive professional preparation.

Chalkbeat. Dyslexia advocates want screening for every struggling reader. A Colorado bill takes a first stepAbout half of children on READ Act plans have a disability, yet the READ Act makes no mention of dyslexia, and many teachers report having no training in recognizing dyslexia or helping students who have it. 

Chicago Public Schools. Meet the Principal who’s Recruiting Men of Color to Pursue Teaching Careers   “There are so many initiatives trying to recruit men of color into the classroom, but that’s after they are in college,” Goins said.  “For whatever reason no one has really thought about how do we do this and identify them in high school at the same time.” His “Intro to Urban Education” class—new to Butler this year–was specifically created to introduce students of color to a career in education.

Education Week.
1) Education Donors Shift Priorities, Survey Suggests  Education philanthropy groups may be moving away from big new investments in areas with a K-12 academic focus—teacher preparation, turnaround of low-performing schools, new school models, and the like—in favor of “whole learner” investments…
2) Making and Arts Out of Teaching Math   Ticking off the barriers to getting and keeping certified math teachers, Beam noted Pocahontas County’s remote location and sparse population. “But we’ve been able to maintain fully certified math teachers in our county, which is very unusual for West Virginia…”
3) Teacher Colleges Can Do More to Support Black and Hispanic Students, Brief Says   Black and Hispanic undergraduate students who are majoring in education face financial challenges and demands on their time that their white peers do not, according to a new report from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
4) You’re More Likely to Pass the Bar Than an Elementary Teacher Licensing Exam   Only 38 percent of black candidates and 57 percent of Hispanic candidates ever pass the most common teacher licensing test, compared to 75 percent of white candidates, according to a new analysis by the National Council on Teacher Quality…

Grantmakers for Education.  Trends in Education Philanthropy: Benchmarking 2018-19 When asked to identify the factors or trends likely to have the greatest potential for a positive impact on education over the next five years, respondents to the 2018 bench- marking survey ranked teacher preparation and development as the second most-important factor after social and emotional learning.

Hechinger Report. Americans don’t realize state funding for higher ed is falling, new poll findsIn fact, spending is down, driving tuition up and frustrating the search for skilled workers

InsideHigherEd. Democratic Take on the Higher Education Act   The federal government should also help borrowers who are struggling with student debt by fixing loan-forgiveness programs like Public Service Loan Forgiveness and improving the effectiveness of federal loan servicing, she said. However, Murray appeared to hint that she was not on board with an Alexander proposal to have student loan payments automatically deducted from borrowers’ paychecks.

LPI Policy Forum. Bridging the Divide: School Integration Designs. Feb. 28; Washington, DC [speakers incl. TC Prof. A. S. Wells]

National Council on Teacher Quality.A Fair Chance: Simple steps to strengthen and diversify the teacher workforce   …widespread evidence that teacher preparation programs give scant attention to the content knowledge candidates need. 

NEA Today. Why Social Justice in School Matters   Angie Powers, a high school English teacher in Olathe, Kan…has spoken to pre-service teachers in every college in Kansas about the challenges LGBTQ+ students face and how new educators can create welcoming schools for their future students. 

New York Times. Where Camels, Goats and Pigs Do the Teaching: Green Chimneys, a school on a farm outside of New York City, is in the vanguard of using animals to help special-needs children learnPublic schools seem to be at their capacity in their ability to help children with special needs. One reason for this, according to Rachel Fish, an assistant professor of special education at New York University, is the nationwide shortage of teachers who are trained to work with them. 

Press-Telegram. Schools are teaching kids in Korean, Arabic, French as dual immersion programs expand beyond Spanish: Region that once pushed ‘English only’ today is ground zero for bilingual education   Carreira, a Cal State Long Beach professor who teaches future bilingual teachers, says education in two languages also helps students socialize better and – when they see their home language taught at school – feel valued.

The 74. More Than Half of Aspiring Elementary Teachers Fail America’s Most Used Licensure Exam, New NCTQ Report Finds   The nation’s most-used licensure test, the Praxis Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects, has a first-time pass rate of 46 percent, according to new data released Wednesday in a report by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a think tank that advocates for higher teacher preparation standards.


CityLimits.Org. As Feds Turn Away, New York Looks to Regulate Student-Loan Servicers   According to the Office of the State Comptroller, from 2005 to 2015, the cost of college for in-state students at public institutions in New York rose by nearly 55 percent. Private school costs rose nearly as fast.

NBC News. New York is failing non-English speaking students, report finds  “In fact, since 1990, New York state is only one of two states that has had a consistent yearly shortage of certified bilingual teachers. And, in some regions across the state, the percentage of uncertified teachers teaching bilingual students is over 20 percent,” the report states.

1) Amendment to Section 80-1.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Safety Nets for the Revised Content Specialty Tests
2) Office of Higher Education February Newsletter

  • CTE Grades 5 and 6 Extensions
  • CST Safety Nets Expiring
  • NYSTCE Test Development

The Buffalo News. $1 million awarded to Teach For America Buffalo   The money to Teach For America Buffalo was announced Tuesday by KeyBank and the First Niagara Foundation, which will pay out the $1 million over the next four years to help with teacher recruitment and training.



Chalkbeat. New York City ends controversial Renewal turnaround program — but the approach is here to stay   “These are problems that schools have been facing” for years, said Aaron Pallas, a professor at Teachers College who has studied the Renewal program. “It’s not as if what’s being proposed is a sharp break from what’s been tried before.”

NYDailyNews. De Blasio’s Renewal Schools program was a bad romance [by TC Prof. A. Pallas]

Teachers College.

1) 2019 Tri-State School Career Fair, Fri. 3/29, Cowin Conference Center. TC students and alumni can meet public and private schools looking to hire from our programs. Sponsored by Career Education & Professional Development, and the Office of Teacher Education
2) Interactive Workshop Advocacy: Finding Your Voice in Noisy Times [Sat. March 2, 9-3]
3) Peace Corps Fellows Program. PeaceMakers Speakers Series: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams [Fri. March 1, 6pm]
4) Reimagining Education Summer Institute 2019 Call for Workshop Facilitators [deadline March 15]
6) Sex Education Initiative.  Spring Application [Deadline March 1]