Week of Jan. 21 in Teacher Ed News

| January 25, 2019

Education International.  Today’s Priority – The future of Finland’s education policy  Despite a tight budget, some positive reforms have been achieved in the country. For instance, the personnel’s structure in early childhood education was reformed to ensure that more university-educated teachers will be working at day-care centres.

Gov.UKSecretary of State opens Education World Forum 2019 Every year, my Department receives in the region of 100 visits from overseas governments and organisations. Last year this included teachers from Hungary and Japan interested in our policy reforms to improve initial teacher training and continuing professional development.

Uudistuva opettajankoulutusCon­fe­rence 7.2.2019 for teacher education development: Towards Sustainable Research and Pedagogies in Teacher Education [University of Helsinki]


American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. AACTE 71st Annual Meeting schedule [Louisville, KY Feb. 22-24]

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. CAEP Names Three New Members to Board of Directors These new members, including Dr. Christopher Brown II, Dr. Paul Katnik, and Dr. Judy Hackett, assumed their duties on January 1.

EdSource. Required tests roadblock for many aspiring California teachers  Commission on teacher credentialing could eliminate some tests, offer alternatives to others.

EducationDive. Creative approaches needed to desegregate schools  In a 2016 study, authors Amy Stuart Wells, Lauren Fox, and Diana Cordova-Cobo of Teachers College Columbia noted that “the benefits of school diversity run in all directions… researchers have documented that students’ exposure to other students who are different from themselves and the novel ideas and challenges that such exposure brings leads to improved cognitive skills, including critical thinking and problem solving.”

1) 4 Reasons Educators Use Research and 4 Reasons They Don’t
2) Many Large City Pre-K Programs Fail to Meet Quality Benchmarks, Study Finds   When it comes to teacher pay and training, the study found that city programs still have a ways to go to meet NIEER benchmarks. Only 63 percent require lead teachers to have a bachelor’s degree with specialized training in teaching young children, and only 15 percent require that all teaching staff receive ongoing professional development.
3) Is Geography Destiny? The Debate Over Boosting K-12 Quality   In states like New Jersey and Massachusetts, policymakers… have worked to see that the additional money is equitable and goes toward important classroom resources, such as a strong curriculum and a well-trained teacher, said Linda Darling-Hammond, the president and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute, a nonprofit research group that focuses on teacher quality and early learning.

Hechinger Report. How to build an engineer: Start young  There are also several single-city pilot programs offered by colleges. One, from Purdue University in Indiana, trains elementary school teachers to teach science using engineering design principles. American University and Johns Hopkins University work together on another to offer a program at nine high-poverty schools…

Inside Higher Education.
1) Reducing Implicit Bias in Teaching   Implicit bias is also a problem in schools and universities. It impacts even the most thoughtful teachers, influencing which of their students get to participate and how.
2) Rethinking State Authorization, Again: The U.S. Department of Education is contemplating going back to the drawing board on complex rules governing authority to operate online programs in multiple states.  The institutions must also … disclose to students studying professions that require state licensure, such as nursing or teaching, whether an online program qualifies them to practice their chosen profession where they live.

National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTR). The National Center for Teacher Residencies announced today that it has received $750,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to launch and expand four teacher residencies in California.

NEA Today. What Happens When Teachers Leave Mid-Year?   Redding and Henry also found that preparation through an alternative pathway also made teachers much more likely to leave the profession during and after the school year. Those educators who attended traditional, in-state teacher preparation programs, on the other hand, were more likely to transfer to another school but less likely to leave the classroom altogether.

NYT. Empathy and Resilience, Responsibility and Self-Care: Resources for Social and Emotional Learning From The New York Times

San Francisco ChronicleTeachers striking to end policies that gut public institutions A new dynamic is unfolding. As fewer young people enroll in teacher-training programs, the ones who do understand what they are getting into: a commitment not only to the traditional ideals of public education, but to the activist political work necessary in these times to make it happen.

The D.C. Line. By 2023 all DC early childhood teachers will need a degree But will they actually learn anything?   We know almost nothing about the quality of teacher preparation programs where child care teachers actually earn degrees. In fact, not only is research largely silent on the quality of early childhood teacher preparation, but there is very little data on what early educators even learn in these programs. 

University of New HampshireTeacher Residency for Rural Education (TRRE) TRRE is an innovative teacher preparation program including graduate coursework, a community internship, and a full year residency in a rural school with a mentor teacher. 


Board of Regents and Clinical Practice Work Group. Student Teaching Requirements for Teacher Certification and the Registration of Teacher Preparation Programs Public comment period open until Feb. 24.  Comments should be sent to: Allison Armour-Garb, NYS Education Department, Office of Higher Education, 89 Washington Avenue, Room 975 EBA, Albany, NY 12234, (518) 474-1385, email:regcomments@nysed.gov

New York Daily NewsN.Y.’s new teacher evaluation legislation runs a risk: It could take us right back into high-stakes testing territory [OpEd by TC Prof. A. Pallas]  Most existing SLOs approved by the State Education Department are based on third-party standardized assessments. If the only assessments approved by the Commissioner are just different standardized tests, they argue, the law simply substitutes one evil for another.


1) MBAs wanted: Success Academy looks to woo business leaders for a fast-track principal program   … fellows will also participate in a “specialized track” of Success Academy’s own teacher training program to learn about instruction and teacher preparation… Eric Nadelstern said hiring leaders from other industries can work, but isn’t always the best strategy. “It’s useful for somebody to have spent time in a school to be a good principal,” he said, noting the Teachers College program required three years of classroom experience…
2)New York City gets a gold medal for pre-K quality and access, new report finds   New York fell short on two measures: teacher training and education requirements for classroom assistants

Gotham Gazette. A Strategy That’s Working in New York School Turnaround[by TC Prof. P. Wohlstetter]  Our research team from Teachers College at Columbia University examined the implementation of a train-the-trainer model called Strategic Inquiry that was introduced in Renewal Schools…