Week of Jan. 8 in Teacher Ed News

| January 12, 2018

Hindustan Times
. 2,750 Punjab schools to have English medium from April 1  The department has already designed the module for teacher training programmes to be conducted in the last week of March. 

International Literacy Association. 2018 What’s Hot in Literacy Report  3. More focus is needed on Teacher Preparation. It ranks No. 3 among important topics but falls to No. 12 in terms of how much attention it receives— representing the largest gap in the report.

New York Times. Iran Bans English in Primary Schools to Block ‘Cultural Invasion’  Iran’s Islamic leaders have often warned about the dangers of a “cultural invasion,” and the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, voiced outrage in 2016 over the “teaching of the English language spreading to nursery schools.”

1) Former ‘superhead’ banned over expenses sets up teacher training schemNow Ms Shuter has set up training provider Teach Forever. According to its website, Teach Forever is a “fully paid route to [qualified teacher status] assured, accredited and monitored by the University of London”.
2) ‘Teacher recruitment and retention must be a priority for new education secretary Damian Hinds’  … the number of applications to initial teacher-training courses had dropped by a third compared with 2016, the new secretary of state would be well-advised to prioritise teacher recruitment and retention. 

American Enterprise Institute
. The Master’s as the New Bachelor’s Degree: In Search of the Labor Market Payoff  Using new data from three states… Master’s graduates in fields such as philosophy, art, and early childhood education have the lowest median earnings—often less than graduates with bachelor’s or even associate degrees.

Arizona Daily Sun. New program at NAU brings Navajo culture into the classroom  In a possible first, two Navajo school districts and the Dine Department of Education have teamed up with Northern Arizona University to bring a teacher education program from Yale University to the Navajo Nation.

1) In many large school districts, hundreds of teaching positions were unfilled as school year began  Los Angeles … district spokesperson credited recruitment practices, partnerships with local teacher preparation programs, and a program to award early contracts to certain candidates in hard-to-staff schools.
2) Tennessee adds nationally certified teachers but continues to trail in the South  Their addition brings Tennessee’s number of NBCT educators to more than 700, with another 63 pursuing certification. By comparison, Kentucky has 3,600, Virginia 3,400, and Georgia 2,600.

1) Stop Talking About Teacher Diversity. Start Tackling the Problem [Commentary]  The good news is that the schools of education at minority-serving institutions understand that the field of educator preparation is changing, and they are ready to lend their expertise.
2) Virginia Considering Fast-Track Teacher Licensing for Military Spouses  More helpful, according to Ziegler, would be if lawmakers considered offering free tuition at a public university for college-goers who agree to commit to teaching for a set number of years.
3) What’s ‘Hot’ In Literacy Policy Isn’t Always What Experts Think Merits Attention  The highest gap, of 46 percentage points, was for teacher preparation. Eighty-five percent of respondents said it was an extremely or very important literacy topic, but just 39 percent felt that it was “hot.” 

InsideHigherEd. New Analysis of Student Loan Default Data  The looming student loan crisis is worse than previously thought, according to a new analysis of federal data on student loan default… The Brookings Institution published the report, which was written by Judith Scott-Clayton… an associate professor of economics and education at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

NYTimes. Why Are Our Most Important Teachers Paid the Least?  …experts are still divided over what credentials early childhood educators should have. Last year, for instance, the District of Columbia school district took a step toward professionalizing its preschool work force when it declared that all preschool teachers would be required to obtain an associate degree by 2020…The other argument is that increasing credential requirements without first raising wages places too much of a burden on already-overtaxed teachers. 

Washington Post. Diverse Virginia school district makes push for more teachers of color  Black applicants, the study found, had somewhat more advanced degrees and classroom experience but slightly lower pass rates on a screening test than white candidates. 

cIcu 2018-19 Legislative Priorities.
Expand STEM Incentive Program and Masters-in-Education Program  Allow students at private, not-for-profit colleges and universities to participate in the STEM Incentive Program and Masters-in-Education Program to ensure a talent pipeline in these critical degree areas.

NYSED. State Education Department Proposes Regulation Changes to Expand Opportunities to Obtain a Transitional G Teaching Certification Beyond STEM Areas  Public comments will be accepted through January 29, 2018

TimesUnion. From student hunger to student debt, Cuomo’s plans for education in 2018  6. Computer science:  The governor proposes creating the Smart Start Computer Science program, providing $6 million in grants to train teachers in computer science and engineering, with grants going to the highest-need schools first.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle
. The arts are here to stay [OpEd by NYCDOE Chancellor Fariña]  And this year, we have a record-high number of certified arts teachers in our schools — the highest in more than a decade, with nearly 3,000 citywide.

Chalklbeat. How diverse is the teaching force in your district? A new analysis highlights the gap between students and teachers of color  “We know from powerful national research the importance of an educator workforce that is highly skilled, well-prepared, and diverse,” said Ian Rosenblum, the group’s [Education Trust-New York] executive director.

News12. Best of the Bronx: Teacher gets prestigious education scholarship  Jamel Holmes is in the childhood special education master’s program at Lehman and is the college’s first student to receive the Peter Greeman Scholarship, which covers the cost of 48 of his credits in full.