Week of Feb. 6 in Teacher Ed News

| February 10, 2017

1) Advocacy on Teacher Prep Regs Yields House Resolution to Rescind; More Outreach Needed
2) Black & Hispanic/Latino Male Teachers Initiative Networked Improvement Community

AASCU. Preparing teachers in today’s challenging Context: Key Issues, Policy Directions and Implications for Leaders of AASCU Universities

1) Cory Booker vs. Cory Booker: Two videos to understand how the politics of education are being reshaped in the Trump era  In the wake of Trump’s election, other issues …are driving a wedge between Democrats and Republicans who previously could find common ground on education issues.
2) Worried Betsy DeVos could ‘destroy’ public education? Here’s what you should know   “There isn’t that much money that is fungible from the federal education budget,” points out Samuel Abrams, an expert in education policy at Teachers College

DeansForImpact. Special education and the role of teacher-preparation programs

1) California Teacher Shortages Have Led to ‘Severe Consequences,’ Report Says LPI recommends that California offer scholarships or loan forgiveness to pre-service teachers who commit to teaching in high-needs fields and locations, utilize teacher residency models to help with retention rates…
2) House Votes to Overturn ESSA Accountability, Teacher-Prep Rules
3) Reactions to Betsy DeVos’ Confirmation as Ed. Secretary Range From Joy to Anger
4) ‘Uber for Substitutes’ Promises to Enrich Learning When the Teacher Is Away  Parachute finds prospective substitutes… and offers about three hours of basic training on common issues like classroom management and lesson planning.
5) Will Push to Improve Schools of Ed Continue Without Teacher-Prep Regs?

Hechinger Report. Senate committee approves Betsy DeVos, “Thoughtless proponent of the privatization of American education” [OpEd by TC Prof. Pallas, featured in Tweet by Senator Schumer]

1) American Universities Must Take a Stand [OpEd by Bard College President L. Botstein]  American colleges and universities, public and private, are … committed to research and teaching in a manner that transcends ordinary politics.
2) Immigrant Students Seek Access to State Financial Aid   …said Lopez, who wants to become a high school math teacher. “I have been worried about paying for college since I was 10…”
3) Preparing Young Americans for a Complex World  For now, teacher education that is focused on this area remains at a nascent stage, says William Gaudelli, an associate professor at Teachers College
4) What to Watch in Congress: Confirmation Votes, Regulation Rollbacks   …and another Education Department rule that sets the parameters for gathering and sharing data on teacher training programs.

PBSNewshour. Column: How I learned my own value as a black male teacher

The Atlantic. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Has Already Affected Public Education   DeVos’s confirmation as secretary could prove itself an unexpected boon for advocates, teachers, and parents exasperated with the state of school reform…

The74. House Blocks Obama-Era ESSA Accountability, Teacher Prep Rules Over Democrats’ Objections  The teacher preparation regulations proposed to rate teacher training programs based, in part, on how well students taught by the programs’ graduates performed on tests…

NY Daily News. Breakaway Senate Dems want undocumented immigrants to receive college financial aid in N.Y.

NYPost. Critics blast Cuomo’s free-college-tuition plan as a ‘sham’

NYSED Regents Meeting Higher Ed Committee, Feb. 13
1) Amendment… to Automatically Extend the Time Validity of Certain Expired Provisional, Initial or Transitional Certificates for Three Years
2) Emergency Regulation to Eliminate the Requirement That Candidates Must Take and Pass the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST) for Teacher Certification
3) Staff Recommendations Related to the edTPA Task Force Report

PoliticNY. Cuomo defends tuition-free college plan on statewide tour

Chalkbeat. An exit interview with Sophia Pappas, who led New York City’s historic expansion of universal pre-K   …the 35-year-old Georgetown and Harvard grad — who also led early childhood efforts with Teach For America…

TCRecord Book Review. STEM Learning with Young Children: Inquiry Teaching with Ramps and Pathways  Should early grades teachers focus on literacy and mathematics instruction?