Week of July 23 in Teacher Ed News

| July 27, 2018

NOTE: Teacher Ed News will resume the week of August 27.

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. Canadian Teachers Offer a Refugee-Education Handbook   At the heart of the book is a collection of 30 lesson plans to prepare teachers for working with refugee children, and 11 lesson plans for teachers to use with refugee children.

DevDiscourse. New Zealand to strengthen education system with help of Maori experts   Te Ahu o te reo Māori will support teachers to deliver te reo in the classroom and is the start of our plan to better integrate te reo across the education system.

DutchNews.nl. Post summer shortage of 1,300 primary school teachers looms   Tens of thousands of pupils will be affected by the teacher shortage and school heads are being forced to take emergency measures to soften the impact, the council said. This will involve using more part-time and trainee teachers and taking on more classroom assistants.

News India Times. United Sikhs collaborates with NYC’s Department of Education on school curriculum   The advocacy organization, United Sikhs, is collaborating with New York City’s Department of Education to create lessons on Sikhism for fifth and sixth graders.


. FY19 Appropriations Move Forward as Election Season Kicks Into High Gear
Here are the results for selected federal programs important to the education profession:

Teacher Quality Partnership grants $43.1M, House & Senate (flat funded from FY18)
ESSA Title II-A State grants $2.1B, House & Senate (flat funded from FY18)

Congress.Gov. H. R. 1772 Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education Act or the AIM HIGH Act

Deans for Impact. Working in common to build the Common Indicators System Network   Over this past academic year, the CIS Network has collected data on more than 3,500 teacher candidates, 500 program graduates, and 100 employers across four common indicators. To our knowledge, it’s one of the largest cross-institutional research efforts ever undertaken in educator preparation.

1) 3 Things to Know About the New Bill Promising ‘Debt-Free’ Higher Education   The Aim Higher Act preserves the TEACH grant program, which provides student aid to those who agree to teach certain subjects in high-needs schools… The legislation also preserves the current section of the Higher Education Act that deals with teacher-preparation programs under Title II, as well as Public Service Loan Forgiveness that allows teachers to cancel out their higher education debt under certain circumstances.
2) Anti-Test Movement Slows to a Crawl   “The folks who were unhappy and leading the opt-out movement have other things on their plate,” said Jeff Henig, a professor of political science and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. When it comes to testing, “maybe everyone is just taking a breath.”
3) Does ESSA Require Teachers to Be Highly Qualified?   ESSA got rid of the requirement in the law it replaced, the No Child Left Behind Act, that teachers must be highly qualified, which typically meant they needed to have a bachelor’s degree in the subject they are teaching and state certification. Instead, states must come up with their own definition of an “effective teacher.”
4) Generalizing ‘For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood … and the Rest of Y’all Too‘  The key idea is that if you teach students who come from a very different culture than you do, you have to make a serious effort to understand the students’ culture and leverage this understanding to engage students as you teach.
5) How Many Seats Do Teachers Get on the State Board of Ed.? In Most Places, None   State boards of education are often tasked with establishing high school graduation requirements, implementing federal education laws, establishing standards for accreditation of school districts and teacher-preparation programs, and setting statewide curriculum standards…
6) Make Teacher-Prep Programs Accountable for Graduates’ Performance, Teachers Say   Teach Plus, a nonprofit group that supports teacher leadership, released a report on a survey that asked 755 teachers from 26 states and the District of Columbia about their views on teacher-prep accountability. They found that teachers want more transparency on how well teacher-prep programs are preparing educators to teach.
7) Woodrow Wilson Foundation President Arthur Levine To Step Down Next Year   Well-known for his critiques of teacher-education programs, Levine has spent his tenure at the foundation advocating for attracting nontraditional candidates to the profession and improving the quality of teacher preparation.

1) ACT® Acquires NRCCUA®  ACT® , Inc., the nonprofit developer of the ACT® test and other assessments taken by millions of individuals annually worldwide, announced today that it has acquired The National Research Center for College and University Admissions™ (NRCCUA®), an educational data science and research organization.
2) Is The PROSPER Act what students want?   As summer heats up and colleges and universities combat summer melt, it’s time to face the reality that chances of reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA) in 2018, and possibly even 2019, have also melted away.

Hechinger Report. Disrupting education, the NFL way: Hiring more black public school teachers helps students get to the goal line  And if a vast proportion of the hiring managers are white, it’s likely that their social networks are predominantly white, too… This has a profound professional impact when principals and school district leaders recruit from within their social circles, be it from a university or non-profit teacher prep program. This kind of hiring needs to be called out for what it really is — discrimination.

1) Can a $49 English Test Pass Muster?   …the Duolingo English Test costs just $49 — as little as one-fifth the price of the widely used Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and its closest competitor, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)…
2) FAFSA for Your Phone   Education Department this week will take another step toward mobile access to the federal student aid application.
3) The Democratic Alternative   The minority party offers its take on the Higher Education Act, including free community college, larger Pell Grants and tougher accountability …The Democrats’ bill is almost a point-by-point rejection of PROSPER…

Teach+Plus. TAKING STOCK: A Teacher Perspective on Informing and Improving Teacher Preparation Programs   Teach Plus used a mixed-methods research approach that included holding focus groups in several states and conducting a national survey of current public school teachers.


. Some teachers are spending their summer creating culturally relevant content  …more than 400 other educators came together at the Reimagining Education summer institute at Teachers College of Columbia University to learn how to provide students with academic experiences that reflect the diversity of their schools… Many of the people who lead the presentations and workshops are people of color, notes Detra Price-Dennis, an assistant professor of Elementary and Inclusive Education at the Teachers College of Columbia

Diverse Issues in Higher Education. MAYME HOSTETTER was named president of Relay Graduate School of Education. She is a former middle school English teacher with nearly a decade of experience in higher education. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and an Ed.D. from Teachers College of Columbia University.

The Atlantic. Can Richard Carranza Integrate the Most Segregated School System in the Country?   He asked a friend about transferring to the School of Education… he switched his major… It was time for him to be a student teacher, and he was nervous… But as soon as he stepped into the classroom, all of that went away.

Wall Street Journal. Success Academy High School Sees Wave of Teacher Departures   Success Academy founder Eva Moskowitz said in an interview that her well-trained teachers often get poached…“What really makes me sad is the number of first-year teachers who quit and decided never to teach again,” said Natasha Venner

NOTE: Teacher Ed News will resume the week of August 27.