Week of Jan. 28 in Teacher Ed News

| February 1, 2019

Association of Teacher Educators (ATE). Annual Meeting 2019, Robert J. Stevenson Memorial Lecture to be delivered by Dean A. Lin Goodwin of Hong Kong Univ. [Atlanta Feb. 16-20]

Brisbane Times. Queensland minister calls for mature-age teachers amid nationwide shortage“Hence my urging to students and mature-aged people who want to enter an excellent profession: teaching is a great job.”

EdSurge. How Much Artificial Intelligence Should There Be in the Classroom?    China is also facing a shortage of qualified teachers in many rural areas, and there’s a huge demand for high-quality language teachers and tutors throughout the country… Li painted AI as not just some pale substitute, but as ultimately superior to humans when it comes to some aspects of teaching

NZHerald. Teacher shortage: One in six Auckland schools starting year with vacancies   Teaching Council data shows that 858 overseas-trained teachers were registered in New Zealand for the first time last year, a record in the period since 2011 for which the data were available.

TES. ‘The inherent flaw in testing 5-year-olds’   In 2016 the UK government Department for Education’s white paper, Educational Excellence Everywhere, misrepresented the views of Ian Menter, an emeritus professor of teacher education at the University of Oxford. In a delicious irony, an aim of the paper was to “ensure discredited ideas unsupported by firm evidence are not promoted to new teachers”. 


Chalkbeat. Memphis board votes to close Gateway; embattled charter school will shutter in May, unless state board steps in  Several of those allegations, including that the school falsified a geometry class and relied on uncertified teachers, were substantiated in the district investigation.

Clarion-Ledger. Licensure requirements could change to combat teacher shortage   Five years ago, Mississippi enacted a law mandating entrants to the state’s teacher colleges make a 21 on the ACT … Under Senate Bill 2482, aspiring educators can gain admission to a teacher preparation program by making a 3.0 GPA on pre-major coursework. The state Department of Education estimates some 300 educators could be added to the state’s teacher workforce if the new measure becomes law.

EducationDive. Ed Dept. ‘not wedded’ to its proposed accreditation rules  Jones said the department is not committed to the definition it proposed but rather was exploring whether accreditors would be better defined by mission as opposed to geography, as they are currently. 

1) TEACH Grant Recipients With Loan Debt May Soon Hear From the Ed. Department  The U.S. Department of Education announced on Thursday that it would be reaching out to some educators who saw their grant aid turned into loans under a federal financial aid program for teachers, beginning a reconsideration process that could result in these debts being forgiven.
2) What Is Social Justice Education Anyway?[by C. Belle, TC PhD ‘15]  As the director of a teacher-education program, one of my primary goals upon stepping into this role was building a vision that honors social justice teaching and learning practices. 

Getting Smart. Creating a More Inclusive School Community Starts With Intentional Support for Teachers  In our work preparing teachers through residencies, we find it most successful to partner with districts, like Passaic Public Schools where we have provided programs for veteran teachers to support their continued professional growth.

Hechinger Report.
1) Edged out of the middle class, teachers are walking out  In 2015, Jennifer Vetter decided to change careers and become a teacher… quit her well-paying management job… to go back to college full-time and become a special-education teacher. She received a scholarship to earn her master’s in education… Vetter did the math… Weekly, she made about $300.
2) Online prekindergarten access and funds for school counselors among bills proposed in Mississippi this year  House Bill 89 would establish a scholarship program to recruit and educate individuals to teach English language learners, with a specific focus on enlisting as teachers Hispanic or Latino students currently enrolled in higher education programs.

1) Alexander Wants New Higher Ed Law by End of Year A top staffer for Senator Lamar Alexander, a Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate education committee, said Monday that the senator wants to pass a reauthorization of the Higher Education Act before Christmas.
2) Free College Idea Hinges on Merger With K-12 Davis Jenkins, a senior research associate with the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College, said he couldn’t imagine the benefits of such a merger.

Seattle Times.
1) Be a part of the solution to Washington state’s teacher shortage   Many people probably think that if they didn’t study education in undergrad or get certified to teach right after college that they’ve already missed the boat. But with a teacher shortage in Washington state, there are actually many degree and certification options that you can look into.
2) ‘Students need to see themselves’: What some teachers had to say about our teacher diversity project

WRAL. WRAL anchor Lena Tillett investigates diversity in NC’s colleges of education  In North Carolina, nearly 50 colleges – both public and private – offer teacher preparation programs. They serve as the major supplier of teachers for this state.


NY Daily News. NYS set to ban teachers from carrying guns in school under sweeping gun control measures   Tom King, an NRA board member from New York and president of the state Rifle and Pistol Association…said teachers should be allowed to carry guns as long as they are trained, though he prefers schools hire armed security “just like the legislators have in the Capitol and the Legislative Office Building.”

NYSED Commissioner Elia. 2019 Higher Education Budget Testimony  Increase Access to Higher Education – Teacher Opportunity Corps II

NYSED Office of Higher EducationJanuary Newsletter
1) CST Safety Nets Expiring June 30, 2019
2) Director of Certification Position Posted.
3) Fingerprinting Feel Increase.
4) Initial Certification for Individuals Who Have At Least Two Years of Postsecondary Teaching.
5) Institutional Recommendations in TEACH
6) New Office of College and University Evaluation (OCUE) website

New York Times. New York Joins Movement to Abandon Use of Student Tests in Teacher Evaluations  “Most parents believe their local school and teachers are good. To have evaluations that contradict that creates some dissonance,” said Aaron Pallas, a professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College. “The state tests seem so far removed from day-to-day classroom practice.”


Chalkbeat. Amazon to offer computer science at 100-plus NYC schools, but most are already part of the mayor’s computer science program  None of the Edhesive courses listed on its website require teachers to have any previous computer science training, and much of the instruction is conducted digitally.

Dayone Amazon Blog. Amazon to fund computer science classes in more than 130 NYC high schoolsAmazon’s funding provides preparatory lessons, tutorials, and professional development for teachers; fully sequenced and paced digital curriculum for students; and live online support every day of the week for both teachers and students. 

Medium. I teach them Creative Tech; they teach me a whole new world [By M. Chan, TC EdD student]  At Teachers College, I was fortunate to be selected for the Arthur Zankel Urban Fellowship 2018–19, which provided me an opportunity to teach an after-school program in Creative Technologies at a public elementary school in Harlem.