Week of Feb. 4 in Teacher Ed News

| February 8, 2019

BBCNews. Teachers to be offered cash to stay in school  A lot of taxpayers’ cash has been spent in recent years on bursaries to attract graduates in shortage subjects such as maths, physics, chemistry, and languages… They’ve been criticised as poor value for money, with some trainees taking the one-off tax-free lump sums of up to £26,000 and still leaving teaching a few years later.

DutchNews.NL. Teacher shortage: schools may scrap information sciences   Teacher training colleges are finding it impossible to hold on to graduates because they cannot compete with business.

New York Times. Schools in England Introduce a New Subject: Mindfulness   But Dr. Jessica Deighton, an associate professor in child mental health and well-being at University College London who is leading the government trials… said the program included several tactics, including training teachers to hold role-playing exercises, teaching relaxation practices and inviting professionals for group discussions.

The China Post. Taiwan aims to train 5,000 English teachers by 2030   The Ministry of Education is stepping up its efforts to train 5,000 elementary and junior high school English teachers by 2030 in line with a government policy to build Taiwan into a bilingual Chinese-English country by that year.

Trend New Agency. Another step towards Inclusive Quality Education for Children with Disabilities: more teachers in Azerbaijan to be trained   UNICEF in partnership with the Ministry of Education will organise a training in Baku on 4-8 February 2019 for 28 teachers from five pedagogical universities, including Azerbaijan State Pedagogical University in Baku, Guba and Sheki, Ganja State University and Sumgait State University.


1) AACTE Welcomes New Director of Government Relations
2) U.S. Department of Education Announces Process for TEACH Grant Reconsideration   If you are a TEACH grant recipient, be sure to check your email’s junk/spam folder over the next few weeks in case you have been contacted via an email from noreply@studentloans.gov. Initial outreach from the Department to those recipients whose conversion can be reconsidered will receive an email from this address starting the week of February 4, 2019.

Arizona Public Media. Need for Special Ed Teachers Stands Out in Ongoing General Shortage   …many undergraduate students weren’t exposed to special education programs during their childhood and carry stereotypes about children in the special education program with them as they decide who they would like to teach after they graduate.

1) House lawmakers make minor changes to online schools bill, but stricter plans remain up in the air   And the third measure would order that virtual school teachers complete the same required training as traditional school teachers.
2) How far apart are the Denver district and union on teacher pay? Here’s a breakdown   The district has proposed allowing teachers to move a lane — and get a raise — if they earn a certain number of college credits, an advanced degree, an advanced license or certification, or for 10 years of continuous service with the district.
3) One answer to Illinois’ dire preschool teacher shortage: men   A group of educators led by Jackson created the “Men of Color” program, which combines coursework toward a certificate or two-year-degree, mentoring, and paid internships.
4) Tennessee’s new education chief looks to build trust as she tours schools   …the former Texas academics chief knows that she needs to build trust with Tennessee educators, especially having started her career with Teacher For America, one of the nation’s largest alternative teacher training programs.
5) Trying Anew to Jump-Start Overhaul of Higher Ed Law   Alexander said his top priorities for a bill to renew the massive higher education law are streamlining the application for federal student aid, simplifying student loan repayment and holding colleges accountable for student loan repayment rates… his comments did not directly address the long-term prospects of Public Service Loan Forgiveness, a program that became a flashpoint of a recent reauthorization fight in the House.

Chronicle of Higher EducationRise in Dual-Enrollment Courses May Help Community Colleges, but Minority Students? Not as Much   The Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College is workin …to identify and strengthen plans that have done a good job accelerating college access among minority and low-income high-school students. “You want to make sure the supports are there and that you’re steering students into courses where they’ll be successful,” said Elisabeth A. Barnett, a senior research scientist at the center.

EdWeek. How to Differentiate Instruction (Without Losing Your Mind)

Hechinger Report. Teacher Voice: Is the cost of student-teaching worth it?   The price I paid was significant, but I wouldn’t trade having a full year of practice before taking on my own classroom. If aspiring teachers are in a position like I was before I began student-teaching, I recommend considering your options carefully, but don’t deny yourself the opportunity to develop foundational skills through student-teaching.

1) Complaints About Education Research Meeting   On Sunday afternoon, Felice J. Levine, executive director of AERA, sent out a message to members pledging to get information out as soon as possible and to improve the process. “The meeting schedule will be released no later than February 15,” she said. “I regret that, especially with the earlier dates of the 2019 Annual Meeting, the date to release the program schedule is far too tight.
2) New International Graduate Enrollments Decline, Again

New York Times. Cleaner Classrooms and Rising Scores: With Tighter Oversight, Head Start Shows Gains   Nationwide, the share of Head Start teachers with a bachelor’s degree has risen to 73 percent, from 47 percent a decade ago.

Politico Magazine. Deborah Gist Used to Fight Teachers Unions. Now She’s Marching With Them: How a hardcore education reformer switched sides in the teacher wars.  … Tulsa faces a chronic teacher shortage. This fall, more than 300 of its roughly 2,000 teachers were working under emergency certification status…  Jeffrey Henig, professor of political science and education at Teachers College, Columbia University… “Rather than these bitter battles between reformers and teachers, you see things — like teacher strikes — that are broadly popular because almost everyone recognizes that there’s a problem of underfunding.”

Providence Journal. Rhode Island College addresses teacher shortages with new requirement  Starting this fall, students who study elementary education at RIC will also be trained to teach one of the following subjects: special education, middle school math or middle school science.

SCTimes. Minnesota doesn’t have enough substitute teachers — and it’s hitting hard in local schools   A teacher supply-and-demand report from the Minnesota Department of Education released in late January found more than half of licensed teachers are not working as a teacher in a public school in Minnesota. 


NYS Education Department. Joint Legislative Budget Hearing on Education ESSA: Address the Shortage of Bilingual & ESOL Teachers 2019-20 $770,000 Budget Request…This funding will support CR-ITI programs at seven institutions. Each program trains 20 new teachers per year for a combined total of 140 teachers per year (a total of 280 teachers trained over the course of the two years).

NYS Rule Making Activities. The public comment period is open on proposed amendments related to professional development plans and other related requirements for school districts and BOCESSections 80-6.3(b)(4) and (5) are amended to increase the number of hours of CTLE that can claimed for serving as a mentor teacher from 25 to 30 hours for mentoring a first year teacher and from 15 to 25 hours for mentoring a student teacher. These sections were also amended to the remove the restriction from claiming CTLE hours for mentoring a student teacher in instances where the mentor teacher receives remuneration from the educator preparation program. Send comments to <regcomments@nysed.gov>


New York Times. Racist? Fair? Biased? Asian-American Alumni Debate Elite High School Admissions    Ms. Tan grew up in Chinatown, Manhattan, and graduated from Columbia University. “I know what it does to kids, when you don’t see anyone except for one race,” said Ms. Tan, who has spent her teaching career in low-income public schools in Chicago and Brooklyn… “That really doesn’t do much for students who are trying to be in a more diverse world,” she added.

Teachers College.
1) Fighting Inequity, With a Little Help: Thanks to a generous fellowship, Sapna Chemplavil is getting the tools and certification to teach the students who need her most  Chemplavil was raised in India by farmers who didn’t finish high school… now an Abby O’Neill Teaching Fellow at Teachers College, committed to teaching in New York City.
2) He’s With the Band: In coming to New York and TC to study music education, Will Pate has realized a lifelong dream  “The best way to do that, he realized, was to become a music teacher… it was only after Harold Abeles, Professor of Music Education, offered him the instrument manager position in the department, that he decided to enroll.
3) Hybrid Summer Master of Arts in Music and Music Education  … geared toward music teachers around the world who work in public, private, charter, studio, community, and international educational settings. They seek to earn a valuable credential from a top program while continuing to teach.
4) Music, Creativity, and Community: Luis Ingels  He had been on a trajectory going from small town to bigger and bigger cities as he pursued his education, and Teachers College had the perfect program for him: a program where he would get his masters, his NYSED teaching certification, and have the freedom to develop into his own musician. 

Teaching Residents @ Teachers College. February Newsletter

Wall Street Journal. Nonprofit Trains Teachers on the ABCs of Reading in the Classroom   The group is addressing the concern that many educators don’t feel prepared to teach young students how to read… “Generally the newest teachers are learning their craft on the most struggling kids,” says chief of Teaching Matters…