Week of July 8 in Teacher Ed News

| July 12, 2019

International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030. TEACHER TASK FORCE SUPPORTS CALL TO #COMMITTOEDUCATION   This worrying trend is coupled with the data showing that the proportion of trained teachers has also been falling. In sub-Saharan Africa, only 50% of teachers meet the minimum required training at secondary level, and 64% in primary, because since 2000, the focus has been on solving the teacher shortage and schools have been hiring contract teachers without qualifications to close the quantitative gaps at lower cost.

OECD Directorate for Education and SkillsHow Teachers Learn. The publication… summarises the TALIS 2018 findings on teachers’ initial and professional development…

SwissInfo. Wanted: 10,000 teachers a year for Swiss schools  According to SRF, 5,000 trainee teachers graduate each year, leaving a yearly teacher shortfall of 5,000. Of these, around a fifth – 1,000 – will have dropped out of teaching within five years…

UNESCO Global Education Monitoring [GEM] Report. Education as healing: Addressing the trauma of displacement through social and emotional learning   A new policy paper …calls for better training for teachers to provide psychosocial support to migrant and refugee children who have lived through traumatic events.

University of KwaZulu-Natal. UKZN’s youngest dean makes P-Rating history  The rating, also known as the president’s award, is given to young researchers (under the age of 35) for exceptional potential, demonstrated in their published work and research outputs…Msibi, who became the youngest dean in SA when he was appointed dean and head of the School of Education at UKZN at the age of 34… He holds a master’s degree in Education from the Teachers College at Columbia University in the United States…


1) JTE Earns High Ranking, Rise in Impact Factor   In the recently released 2019 Journal Citation Reports, AACTE’s Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) achieved a 2-year impact factor score of 3.263… The impact factor increased from JTE’s last score of 3.180…
2) State of the State Webinar  For the first time since 1914, all but one state legislature in the U.S. is dominated by a single party. The result has been a pattern of conservative leaning legislation in Republican-held states and liberal legislation in states controlled by Democrats. This is a political dynamic that will have far-reaching consequences for education policymaking well into the future. 

Center for American ProgressStudent Debt: An Overlooked Barrier to Increasing Teacher Diversity   For individuals who have taught, 88 percent of Black students and 76 percent of Latinx students took out federal student loans to pay for college, compared with 73 percent of white students. As the data show, Latinx students were less likely to borrow federal student loan money than Black students, but they were more likely to borrow compared with white students. 

EdSource. Teacher hopefuls offered $10,000 to enter California State University residency program   California State University is accepting applications from students enrolled in teacher preparation programs who want to spend a year in a residency program and receive a $10,000 scholarship in exchange for promising to teach in a high-needs school for two years

Education Week.
1) 14 Questions Educators Should Ask About AI-Based Products   As for fears that AI will eliminate teaching positions, Oranje is optimistic that it will not. His hope is that AI will “actually expand teaching,” he said, and that there will be a need for more educators, rather than fewer.
2) Schools still struggling with how to teach about slavery  “It’s never OK to recreate painful oppressive events, even in the name of education,” said Mara Sapon-Shevin, a professor of inclusive education at Syracuse University, who said teachers risk harming their students’ sense of belonging, safety and inclusion. “One would never simulate an Indian massacre or having Jews march into the ovens.” Nor should teachers “gamify” painful history, Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello said, citing exercises like having students compete to remove seeds from cotton.
3) Teach For America’s Defenders and Detractors Are Both Wrong [commentary by TC Prof. J. Henig]  The story was about the evolution of Teach For America away from its founding mission “to tap idealistic graduates of elite universities to teach at traditional public schools in high-poverty areas” into “an informal but vital ally of the charter school movement.”
4) The Deficit Lens of the ‘Achievement Gap’ Needs to Be Flipped. Here’s How  We should be very cautious of measures and practices that can influence educators to perceive students, or groups of students, as deficient, unless we accompany those measures and practices with the training educators would need to implement them effectively and equitably.

Florida Trend. Peace Corps and the University of South Florida Announce New Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program  The Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program began in 1985 at Teachers College, Columbia University and now includes more than 100 university partners across the country, from the District of Columbia to Hawaii. The program is reserved for students who have successfully completed Peace Corps service abroad.

Forbes. Beto O’Rourke: Let’s Forgive All Student Loan Debt For Teachers   O’Rourke’s proposal differs from the current Teach Loan Forgiveness Program in several ways. First, it would have no limit on the amount of student loan forgiveness, which compares to a maximum of $17,500 under the current program. Second, it would apply to all public school teachers, not only those who work in low-income school or educational service agencies. Third, it may not have a five-year teaching requirement.

Heavy. Jeffrey Epstein Net Worth: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know   Jeffrey Epstein started his career as a mathematician and teacher, attending the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences before leaving without a degree to teach calculus and physics at the Dalton School.

Hechinger Report. Teaching global warming in a charged political climate   The science behind climate change is complicated and evolving, and most teachers aren’t prepared to teach it well. Many textbooks don’t touch the topic, according to science educators… A state agency [OK] funded by the oil and gas industry pumps money into teacher training and classroom materials, including books featuring a cartoon character called Petro Pete, with the goal of promoting fossil fuels. 

NEAToday. Report: Experienced Teachers Key to Students Beating the Odds   And California isn’t alone. An Arizona Republic investigation found that emergency teaching certifications in that state have increased 400 percent. Meanwhile, as Oklahoma schools opened this fall, state officials approved their 2,153rd emergency teaching certificate—up from 32 seven years ago.

NPR.  Broken Promises: Teachers Sue U.S. Over Student Loans That Weren’t Forgiven

Washington Post.
1) Financier in sex abuse case went from math whiz to titan. He taught calculus and physics at the prestigious Dalton School, a prep school in Manhattan, from 1973 to 1975, despite not having a college degree. Attorney General William Barr’s father, Donald Barr, was headmaster at the time.
2) How student debt hinders teacher diversity   Authors of the study point to the Boston Teacher Residency as a model to replicate. The state program has a goal of ensuring that people of color constitute at least half of each graduating class. Graduates earn a teacher’s license and a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts at Boston in a year. They receive a stipend, health benefits and a free education if they teach in Boston’s public schools for three years.


NYSATE. Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 2

  • Preview of the Annual 2019 NYSATE/NYACTE Fall Conference
  • Nominations for NYSATE & NYACTE AWARDS
  • Residency Mentoring Workshop in NYC August 5-6

USA Today. Here’s where it’s best (and worst) to be a teacher   With a cost of living adjusted average teacher pay of $72,643 a year, New York public school teachers are paid better than teachers in every state except for Massachusetts. 


Chalkbeat. NYC and union officials hail move toward pay parity for pre-K teachers but some worry over educators left out of deal   Under the agreement, certified teachers with masters and bachelors degrees would see their pay increase every October through 2021. By that date, certified teachers with a master’s degree would make at least $69,000, and certified teachers with a bachelor’s degree would earn about $61,000 — a jump of almost $21,000 and more than $17,000, respectively. 

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing ArtsImportant Announcement from Superintendent Vivian Orlen  Ms. Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos has been appointed Interim Acting Principal for LaGuardia. Ms. Vasconcelos comes to you from Talent Unlimited High School on the East Side, where she served as principal for four years… She is passionate about the arts, holding a … Master’s in Music and Music Education from [Teachers College] Columbia University.

Teachers College.
1) Graduate Gallery 2019: Mercedes Lysaker (M.A., Music & Music Education) teaches music with strings attached   While at Teachers College, Lysaker discovered in herself a desire to “be a serious string pedagogue” – to invent “a pedagogy that really embraces everything a child is and brings into the lesson,” she said. “I think it’s my responsibility to teach everybody, exactly as they are.”
2) Teaching Residents @ Teachers College. July 2019 | Summer Edition Newsletter