Week of July 17 in Teacher Ed News

| July 21, 2017

GLOBAL
Buriram Times. Thailand Still Lagging Behind Other Countries In Education  Large classes were commonplace and students who were not accepted into university were encouraged to apply for teacher training colleges.

NYTimes. A Solution When a Nation’s Schools Fail  “The status quo has failed,” George Werner, Liberia’s education minister, told me. “Teachers don’t show up, even though they’re paid by the government. There are no books. Training is very weak.

Times Higher Education. Netherlands and Singapore among leaders on education research

The Star Online. ‘Chinese education is for all’  …Dr Wee said there was a need to provide teachers with training to better teach the language.

UNITED STATES
Brainerd Dispatch. Franken introduces bill to fight teacher shortage  …encourage an earlier start to pathways for becoming a teacher and allow schools access to a broader range of funding to support dual-enrollment programs in education.

EdWeek.
1) Bill With More Than $2 Billion in Teacher-Training Cuts Advances in House
2) Here Are 10 Policy Lessons Teachers Should Know
3) If We Fix Student Teaching, Will We Fix Teacher Shortages?  The president of the National Council on Teacher Quality presented what she sarcastically called a “radical” solution for both improving the pipeline of new teachers and filling specific teacher shortages: “Fix student teaching.”
4) Tennessee education coalition focuses on teacher diversity  A new report released by a group of Tennessee educator preparation programs focuses on eliminating the barriers preventing diverse candidates from choosing teaching as a career.
5) Unable to Solve Teacher Pay Issue, Oklahoma Will Promote Recruitment, Retention  … outline what programs exist to help teachers, namely state-funded loan forgiveness and tuition assistance…
6) What Should Special Education Teachers Know and Be Able to Do?  Teacher-education programs have already started to shift their training to embrace the high-leverage practices…

Hechinger Report. Advocating for rural students and teachers – in frozen, fly-in-only territory  I think we need to look at how we train teachers, [and] the general public, about our history and what has happened with our indigenous community, because most people don’t really know the history.

NCTR. Recommendations for State Support for Effective Teacher Residencies

NPR Ed. Teachers With Student Debt: The Struggle, The Causes And What Comes Next  Public school teachers traditionally have had undergraduate degrees in education. But over the past decade, K-12 teachers have had a growing economic incentive to earn master’s degrees. In some cases, they’re actually required to do so.

The74. House Committee Rejects Democrats’ Bid to Restore Education Funding, Protect Teacher Training

USNews. Democrats Protest Cuts to Teacher Prep and Pell Grants

Vanderbilt Univ. Teach for America service leads to empathy  TFA is a national service program that puts college graduates into low-income communities as volunteers for two years to help disadvantaged students. It was founded in 1989, based on founder Wendy Kopp’s Princeton University undergraduate thesis.

WashingtonPost. A teacher’s anti-solution to a big problem  So if colleges aren’t preparing students for the jobs that students really want and for the employers who need to hire them, then K-12 schools must. 

NEW YORK STATE
Chalkbeat. State education officials question another batch of Success Academy charter renewals  The board is not scheduled to discuss SUNY’s recent proposal to allow some of its charter schools to certify their own teachers, though that announcement drew criticism from State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa earlier this month.

Network for Public Education. Action Alert: Every Child Deserves a Well-Prepared Teacher

NYSED. ESSA July Draft  [Preparation, Recruitment, and Placement:  p. 140 ff.]

Politico. Excelsior effect: Application period for scholarship ends

NEW YORK CITY
EdWeek.A Fine Line on ‘Forced Placement’ of Teachers in New York City  Daniel Weisberg, the CEO of TNTP, a teacher training and advocacy group, and former NYC education department official, recently wrote in Time magazine, “Breaking that promise now would have only one possible result: Schools across the city would face an influx of teachers with records of poor performance.

Teachers College. Preparing and Supporting Teachers of Color: The relaunch of a program aimed at recruiting more teachers from underrepresented groups  The Office of Teacher Education at Teachers College has been awarded a five year TOC II grant by the New York State Education Department.