Week of February 19 in Teacher Ed News

| February 23, 2018

. Lego Builds Foundations in China Classrooms as Old Markets Slow  “We are engaging with the government,” Jacob Kragh, general manager of Lego in China, told Reuters in an interview in Beijing, adding this was mostly related to “curriculum development and teacher training.”

OECD. Centre for Educational Research and Innovation [calls for participation] …exploring how to foster and assess students’ creative and critical thinking skills in higher education, including teacher education

The Canberra Times. ACT government calls for teacher education courses overhaul in review submission   The ACT [Australian Capital Territory] government has called for an overhaul of teacher education courses, listing tighter selection processes, better quality offerings and increased consistency as a possible solution to Australian students’ stagnating literacy and numeracy results.

The Tribune [India]. Pedagogy most critical factor affecting quality of education, says expert   A two-day teacher education congress on ‘Teacher Education: Challenges and the Road Ahead’ began today at Panjab University (PU) today.


. President Trump Releases FY19 Budget Request  Key Education Programs in FY19 Budget Request

Program FY19 Budget Request
ESSA Title II-A State Grants Eliminated
Teacher Quality Partnership Grants Eliminated

Bostonia.  Teaching’s Diversity Problem: Travis Bristol is working to keep male teachers of color in public schools   Arauz credits Bristol [TC, PhD 2014]—his teaching and his example—for his own achievements, which include a BS from Cornell University and a master’s in healthcare education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

1) Three of Tennessee’s largest teacher training programs improve on state report card   Tennessee has graded programs that train teachers since 2009 but redesigned its report card in 2016 to provide a clearer picture of their effectiveness for stakeholders ranging from aspiring teachers to hiring principals.
2) In debt, with too many unlicensed teachers, Indiana College Preparatory School loses charter   The school was hiring many substitute teachers, city documents show, failing to employ enough teachers licensed in their subject areas to meet state requirements.

Chronicle of Higher Education. Who’s Teaching the Teachers?   It’s also worth noting that the resistance to addressing pedagogy in graduate education may be practical, as well as philosophical: Teaching someone to teach is hard.

Education Dive. Report: Community colleges play important role in preparing early educators

Education Week.
1) Computer Science for All: Can Schools Pull It Off?   To fill the void, [Janice] Cuny helped launch an effort to train 10,000 new computer-science teachers.
2) Educators Say ‘No Way’ to Trump’s Suggestion of Arming Teachers  Many educators said they are already stretched thin with both time and resources and aren’t prepared for the extra responsibility of being trained to fire a weapon.
3) Make Computer Science a Graduation Requirement, Says College Board   Clearly, such mandates would probably increase the number of AP exams given, generating considerable revenue for the College Board. But the group says it would be willing to help defray the costs of matching textbooks, exam fees, and teacher training…

Hechinger Report. How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise   As a result of this new attitude, at least 14 state legislatures considered new laws in 2016 that would increase the amount of physical education or recess schools are required to offer or raise the bar for qualifications for physical education teachers

Inside Higher Ed.
1) ‘Poorly Paid’ Professors   Faculty members earn 15 percent less than others with advanced degrees, study finds. They work equally long hours.
2) Restructuring the Education Department  Proposed reorganization would eliminate office of under secretary, which oversaw higher ed policy for much of the Obama and George W. Bush administrations

Maryland. House Bill 1657  Teachers and Teacher Preparation Programs – Maryland Reading Standards Matrix – Established

1) Agency-By-Agency Highlights of Trump’s 2019 Budget  On the chopping block is $5.9 million in teacher preparation and aftercare programs.
2) School Shootings Put Teachers in New Role as Human Shields  “You know, if I go through my college transcripts — master’s degree, doctorate courses, all that — I know for sure there are no courses that say: ‘Shooter on Campus 101,’”…

Salon. Schools, sex and scandals: See it all at the movies …schools and teacher preparation programs alike are rattled by the scandals, little has altered in the way that we prepare teachers for the personal, emotional aspects of their profession… national accreditation bodies for teacher preparation programs have included “dispositional” elements in their requirements of how practicing teachers are evaluated.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Missouri teacher preparation program ratings aim to help keep teachers on the job   On Thursday, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released its second annual performance scores for teacher preparation programs.

The 74. New Analysis: ‘No-Excuses’ Charter Schools Produce Huge Gains for Kids — and Could Close the Achievement Gap   Those practices, survey author Sarah Cohodes of Columbia University’s Teacher College asserts, can be transferred successfully to traditional district schools.

The Mercury News. Teacher shortages persist in California and getting worse in many communities   Over the past two years California has spent nearly $70 million on a range of initiatives to tackle the shortage, including a program that underwrites the cost of a teacher preparation program for classroom aides and other paraprofessionals already working in a district.

TrustEd. ‘Schools within schools’ recruit next generation of teachers  To stave off plummeting numbers and recruit fresh talent, several districts and states are actively recruiting aspiring teachers while they are still enrolled as high school students in their schools.

U S Department of Education. 18 of 31 senior staff positions vacant

WAFB. LDOE launches campaign to recruit next generation of teachers  The “Be a Teacher LA” campaign, which was announced during a special event attended by elected officials, educators and advocates, seeks to increase the number of high school graduates and college students who enroll in an undergraduate teacher preparation program and ultimately lead Louisiana classrooms.


NYSED Board of Regents
. Professional Standards and Practices Board Approval of Bylaws  The Board approved an amendment to the PSPB Bylaws to increase the number of members from 28 to 31 and to require reporting to the Board of Regents each year and not restricted to only the month of July

NYS Legislature Regent Candidate Feb. Interviews  [Chancellor Rosa, Regent Chin interviewed for reappointment]