Week of January 22 in Teacher Ed News

| January 26, 2018

Education Matters
. Student teachers’ attitudes towards teaching Religion  The School of Education at NUI Galway has carried out the first ever study in Ireland exploring the attitudes of applicants and entrants to primary teacher education programmes towards teaching religion…

1) Dramatic drop in new teacher recruitment coincides with 150% boost to DfE advertising spend  The fall comes despite a significant increase in Department for Education’s spending on advertising and PR in an effort to recruit new teachers – £14 million last year, up from £5.6 million in 2014-15: a 150 per cent increase.
) How to train a teacher – Professor Sam Twiselton talks to Tes Podagogy  The director of the Sheffield Institute of Education talks about behaviour training, how to be a good mentor and criticisms of ideological bias

1) 70th Annual Meeting. March 1-3, Baltimore [registration discount ends Feb. 1]
2) Advocacy Action Alerts
3) January Federal Update Webinar [login required]

Chalkbeat. Here are the initiatives Memphis’ education philanthropists will focus on in 2018  Rather than recruiting teachers from outside of Memphis, Teacher Town’s original focus, Robinson said the fund is strengthening partnerships with local universities and teacher preparation programs

1) Need a STEM Teacher? This District Trains Its Own  …the Guilford County school system in Greensboro, N.C. The 72,000-student district became the first in the state to open an in-house licensure program in 2008—and it’s still one of only a handful of districts across the country with such a program.
2) Latino Male Teachers: Building the Pipeline  Teacher residency programs, like NxtGEN, have emerged as a particularly effective way to recruit diverse teaching candidates, including first-generation college students, students of color, and mid-career changers.
3) Often, Teachers Are Hired Based on Word of Mouth. Here’s What That Means  A recent study by the Frontline Research and Learning Institute…  “Hiring should be focused more on credentials and experience, and less on word of mouth,” they wrote.
4) Staffing Schools in No-Stoplight Towns  All that makes finding top talent tough, especially considering that most of the state’s teacher-preparation programs are located in urban areas… some success with alternative-certification programs that help adults with bachelor’s degrees—sometimes farmers or bankers—become teachers
5) Teacher Recruitment and Retention: It’s Complicated
6) Would Giving STEM Teachers More Leeway to Experiment Keep Them in Schools?  This week, the national network 100Kin10, which has pledged to train and retain 100,000 STEM teachers by 2021, announced $1 million in funding to five groups…

Hechinger Report. TEACHER VOICE: It’s time to shatter the silence about race  [by S. Cherry-Paul, TC doctoral student] Teachers need sufficient training in this specific area of education to feel confident and prepared when delivering these lessons.

NEAToday. Preparing the Next Generation of Educators for Leadership  Teachers with little or no preparation are more than twice as likely to leave teaching as those who are fully prepared.

The Atlantic. A Root Cause of the Teacher-Diversity Problem  The indication “that qualified black teachers are not hired today just because of the color of their skin is crazy, and we should be having a conversation about that—not just about getting more African Americans to major in [education] and get a teaching certificate, but about our understanding of implicit bias in hiring,” she said.


NYS Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching
. Annual Report presented to NYSED Board of Regents.

NYSED. State Education Department Now Accepting Applications for Two New My Brother’s Keeper Grant Programs

NYSED Board of Regents January Meeting, Higher Education Committee. Following the 60-day public comment period required under the State Administrative Procedure Act, it is anticipated that the proposed amendments will come back to the Board of Regents at its May 2018 meeting. If adopted at the May 2018 meeting, the proposed amendments will become effective in May, 2018.
1) Proposed Amendment to Section 52.21 of the Commissioner’s Regulations Related to Accreditation – This amendment will allow institutions that are currently accredited by NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP to apply for accreditation through an accrediting association that is seeking recognition from CHEA or USDE, but has not yet achieved recognition status, and still meet the “continuous accreditation requirement” set forth in Section 52.21
2) Proposed Amendment for Emergency Action to Section 52.21 of the Commissioner’s Regulations Related to Graduate Admission Examination Requirements – The proposed emergency amendment implements Chapter 454 of the Laws of 2017 which was signed into Law by the Governor on December 13, 2017. The amendment removes the requirement from the Commissioner’s Regulations for 1) certified teachers and school administrators who 2) already hold a graduate degree to take either the GRE or a substantially equivalent admission examination
3) Proposed Amendment to Section 80-1.5 of the Commissioner’s Regulations Related to Certification Exam Safety Nets The amendment will eliminate the requirement that candidates must complete all other certification requirements on or before June 30, 2018 to be eligible to use one or more of the safety nets. The amendment also extends the safety net for Part Two: Mathematics of the Multi-Subject Grade 7-12 Content Specialty Test until such time that a revised Part Two becomes operational.

Teachers College
. Learn About the New Teaching Innovation Center  CITED was collaboratively imagined and set in motion by A. Lin Goodwin, TC Vice Dean and Evenden Professor of Education… The Center is co-directed by Souto-Manning and Ellis.