Week of January 1 in Teacher Ed News

| January 5, 2018

Kyiv Post
. Ukraine to prepare human rights education program for Ukrainian schoolchildren, students  …the program would cover five areas, in particular, the inclusion in the normative-legal acts of the state of relevant references to human rights, the implementation of programs with the priority of human rights, including in the sphere of education, the training of teachers, professors in the field of law, and technical maintenance of the education process.

New York Times. One Target in Beijing’s Migrant Crackdown: Schoolchildren  Teachers often lack formal credentials and rarely follow a standardized curriculum.

South China Morning Post. Teacher shortage hinders Xi Jinping’s dream to make China a great sporting nation  In Shandong province, middle and primary schools were short by the same number – 10,000 – the government revealed a year ago. It issued a directive in December 2016 aimed at improving sports education within three years, promising better benefits for physical education teachers and more training opportunities.

The Times UK. Crisis in teacher recruitment as applications fall by a third  The government has missed its teacher-recruitment targets for the past five years despite spending hundreds of millions of pounds on training new teachers.


AACTE. Clinical Model Engages Teacher Candidates, University Faculty as Members of School Community

Chalkbeat. What we’ve learned: 5 lessons from education research to take into 2018     1. Teacher certification rules can have negative side effects.

1) As End of DACA Looms, an ‘Anxious Time’ for Immigrant Educators and Students  Teach For America began hiring the so-called “DACA-mented” teachers in 2013, and nearly 200 undocumented corps members and alumni have taught in the nation’s K-12 schools, reaching tens of thousands of students.
2) Opening Gavel: Your Guide to States’ 2018 Legislative Sessions  Severe teacher shortages in many states have led to calls from both teachers unions and school accountability hawks for legislators to rethink their approaches to teacher certification, evaluations, and pay.
3) Trump, Congress, and Education in 2018: Eight Big Questions  And the higher education legislation governs teacher preparation and college access. For instance, a bill pending in the House would end a teacher loan-forgiveness program. 
4) You’re Teaching Subject Matter Wrong: An open letter to educators from the material they teach  As a human being, you already possess the ability to reason critically. You were born with it. It is time for you to open that gift and use it in teacher-preparation programs, professional-development efforts, classrooms, and instructional materials.

Hechinger Report. Can putting the least-experienced teachers in the highest-risk schools ever result in success?  Teachers in remote rural settings are routinely called on to do things not taught in teacher preparation programs, according to Catharine Biddle, a professor at the University of Maine who specializes in the study of rural schools and communities. 

Inside Higher Ed. Why Don’t Educators in Higher Ed Take Education Classes?

NCTQ. Learning About Learning: What Every New Teacher Needs to Know

The Nation. Charter Schools Are Reshaping America’s Education System for the Worse  According to Carol Burris of NPE, charter schools “want the funding and the privilege of public schools but they don’t want the rules that go along with them.” She cites charter initiatives’ having developed their own certification policies, as well as disciplinary codes and academic standards…

Washington Post. Efforts grow to help students evaluate what they see online  Advocates say the laws are a good first step that must be paired with updates to teacher education programs, funding for professional development and other changes throughout the education system.


. Cuomo offers few new education plans for 2018, but says poor schools need more funding  Train teachers in computer science: A new $6 million grant program would pay for teacher training in computer science and engineering.

Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, Upcoming Webinars.
1) Updates on the NYSED Clinical Practice Workgroup’s Discussions and Next Steps [Register for Jan. 25]
2) A New Quality Assurance Framework for Educator Preparation [Register for Feb. 1] [Register for Feb. 7]

NY Governor Cuomo. State of the State 2018. Under the Governor’s leadership, New York has modernized teacher preparation programs and teacher licensing requirements and required 100 hours of high quality professional development to prepare all new teachers to succeed.


City Limits
. CityViews: How NYS Decided to Lower Teacher Standards for Some Charter Schools  In short, SUNY schools can now hire anyone, regardless of qualification, into a school with good Math and ELA scores. Administrators from schools “in good standing” will be the arbiters of who gets permanent SUNY-only licenses—even if those administrators have no certifications, degrees or training in Education themselves.

NY Daily News. CUNY sees record number of prospective students with 11% jump in applicants