Week of July 15 in Teacher Ed News

| July 19, 2019

BBC Teach. Teach First offered places to 82% of assessed applicants   The charity, which aims to place high-flying graduates who might not ordinarily consider teaching in schools serving disadvantaged communities, has recruited 1,735 trainees this year.

The Global Initiative on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Historic recognition by States of the Abidjan Principles on the right to education by top UN human rights body

International Education News. Headlines Around the World: TALIS 2018 Results [commentary by S. Abrams, TC’s National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education] U.S. teachers report a teaching load that has increased by 78 minutes per week. Such an increase did not happen for the teachers in the countries surveyed in 2013. Again, their average in 2013 was 19.3 hours per week. If we look at the countries in the 2018 TALIS study that were included in the 2013 study, we get an average of 19.9 hours a week…

International Society for Music Education (ISME). Call for Papers 34th World Conference [Helsinki; 2-7 Aug., 2020]

Sydney Morning Herald. Teaching degrees miss the mark on reading instruction   Only 4 per cent of university units have a specific focus on early reading instruction, while 70 per cent do not mention any of the five key elements of reading instruction that are recognised by the NSW Department of Education…


American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. AACTE Board Approves New Strategic Plan Framework

Association of Teacher EducatorsSummer Induction Symposium for New Professors (ISNP) [Burlington, VT July 26-30]

Education Week.
1) Can Media Literacy Combat ‘Truth Decay’? What Teachers Should Know
2) How the Trump Administration Is Falling Short on ESSA [by TC researchers M. Duff, P. Wohlstetter] In a recent study of the ESSA planning process, our research team at Teachers College, Columbia University concluded the sausage-making process has veered off course. Compared to the previous federal education law… Our analysis found the current administration is falling short of their end of the bargain.
3) Influential Reading Group Makes It Clear: Students Need Systematic, Explicit Phonics   Marcie Post, the executive director of the ILA…called for more teacher training, and said that ILA will be putting forth an “action plan” within the next year, that will help teachers work with struggling readers. Phonics is a part of that equation, she said.
4) Teachers Should Design Student Assessments. But First They Need to Learn How   Less than 50 percent of teachers in low-income schools reported feeling “very prepared” to interpret assessment results, and less than 50 percent of teachers said they’d received training on how to talk with parents, fellow teachers, and students about assessment results.
5) Teachers Support Social-Emotional Learning, But Say Students in Distress Strain Their Skills   Less than 40 percent of teachers surveyed by the Education Week Research Center said they received training in conflict de-escalation, and a similar number said they had been trained in child trauma. Only 29 percent said they had received mental health training.
6) The Deficit Lens of the ‘Achievement Gap’ Needs to Be Flipped. Here’s How   … in reflecting on the training most teachers receive and on the messages we send as a research community, it’s clear we haven’t always equipped educators to understand new findings and act on them in a productive way.
7) What to Do When Physics Teachers Don’t Know Physics   According to the National Science Foundation, just 47 percent of physics teachers across the country have physics degrees or certification in physics education. But students are increasingly interested in the subject, which is often a cornerstone of many professions in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Guam Daily Post. GDOE faces teacher shortage   A recent job fair held by GDOE sought to address this shortfall of educators. A number of those positions will be filled by retired teachers as well as degreed individuals who aren’t certified in education but are able to gain emergency certification.

Hechinger Report.
1) Kindergarten behavior predicts adult earning power  Research shows that teachers and parents can be trained to teach kids better behavior, the report states. Teaching kids explicitly about how to solve problems can also help.
2) What’s missing in music education? Cultural and social relevance   This training has served me well in many aspects of my professional and personal lives but, frankly, these techniques weren’t enough when I got to my semester of student teaching.

HuffPost. Jeffrey Epstein Was Their Teacher. He Became A MonsterEpstein was hired to teach at Dalton in his early 20s when he was a college dropout from both Cooper Union and New York University.

InsideHigherEd. New Data Era for Teacher Prep [commentary by B. Riley, Deans for Impact] Teacher preparation programs can improve outcomes for future teachers and their students if they use student-achievement data to inform their efforts

InsiderNJ. Booker, Norcross, Pascrell Introduce Legislation to Address Growing Teacher Shortage   The Supporting the Teaching Profession Through Revitalizing Investments in Valuable Educators (STRIVE) Act would overhaul the student loan forgiveness program by providing incremental loan forgiveness each year to public school teachers who teach in low-income schools. After seven years, such teachers would have their student loans completely cancelled. The overhaul would be retroactive, so current teachers who have been teaching for at least seven years would also have their loans cancelled.

The74. California Senate Bill Would Move State Backward on Literacy and Teacher Qualifications. That Would Be a Disaster for Our Kids  California Senate Bill 614 would abandon the state’s minimum requirement that elementary school teachers demonstrate a basic understanding of science-based reading instruction as a condition of earning a teacher license. 

The Hill. Aspiring teachers deserve time with a mentor before going it alone  Only Louisiana and South Dakota require that college students who are being trained as teachers spend a full school year as professional interns, alongside a mentor teacher, prior to being certified to teach independently. 


Chalkbeat. In a surprising move, MaryEllen Elia, New York’s top education official, will step down  Elia is stepping down to join a national firm that specializes in helping districts with school turnaround plans, but she declined to name the group ahead of the firm’s own announcement. Elia had not informed the board of her decision before making it public Monday afternoon. She will serve through August.

NYSED. Statement from Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown  Executive Deputy Commissioner Beth Berlin will serve as Acting Commissioner of the State Education Department effective September 1, 2019.

NYSED Board of Regents, Higher Education Committee: Proposed Amendments.


Civil Eats. A NYC Urban Garden Teaches Youth Community and Justice   …a student who grew up in Coney Island, recalls a reading in Community Roots class from Brazilian educator and theorist Paulo Freire’s book Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Freire introduced an approach called problem-posing: teachers and students teach and learn together… Freire calls the banking model of education, a one-way learning style whereby the teacher deposits knowledge in the student’s mind. 

NYDailyNews. Thinking through gifted and talented education in New York City public schools: One parent’s reflection on the system   Yes, all teachers are trained to differentiate instruction, but I am told this often works better in theory than in practice and is highly dependent on the quality of the educator.