Week of July 9 in Teacher Ed News

| July 13, 2018

Education International
. Defending the right to education! Latin American teachers’ unions fighting against making education a business  In all  countries affected, the reform processes are a story of resistance and conflicts with the aim of having well-trained teachers who can perform their work under dignified and appropriate conditions.

Education Week. Science Degree Holders More Likely to Use Inquiry-Based Teaching. But There Aren’t Enough of Them   Topping the 2015 PISA science rankings is Singapore, where would-be middle and high school science teachers earn science degrees before attending the country’s sole teacher training center, the National Institute of Education.

Town and Country. Can Chris Whittle Launch a Truly Global University?   Whittle has never had much to say about the things most people talk about when the subject is schools: teaching methods, subject areas, the mysterious working of children’s minds…“It’s all marketing,” says Samuel E. Abrams, an educator [at Teachers College] and the author of Education and the Commercial Mindset, a detailed critique of school privatization with many scorching pages on Whittle’s past projects.


1) Applications Now Available for AACTE–NACCTEP Partnership   Applications are now available for the new partnership program of AACTE and the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP). Community colleges that offer educator preparation programs are welcome to apply!
2) Federal FY19 Appropriations on the Move   …it was a pleasant surprise to see that the programs that AACTE advocates for receive level funding or a small increase:

Business Journal. YSU Student Teachers Deliver $4M Annual Impact   More than 600 student teachers at Youngstown State University are placed in nearly three dozen school districts throughout the region and deliver an economic impact of close to $4 million a year, a new study says.

Center for American Progress. How to Give Teachers a $10,000 Raise   A coalition of more than 60 research and education organizations developed comprehensive recommendations to modernize the teaching profession, from redesigning teacher preparation programs to creating career ladders.

1) Detroit schools will hire teachers without classroom experience, sparking debate   These state-approved programs require little more from prospective teachers than a bachelor’s degree. One such program is Teachers of Tomorrow, a controversial for-profit entity that provides prospective teachers with an interim teaching certificate, after they complete only 200 hours of online instruction.
2) How social studies can help young students make sense of the world   Because social studies isn’t an academic priority in many states, teachers often receive inadequate training from teacher-prep programs on how to teach the subject; once they begin teaching in the classroom, according to the National Council for the Social Studies, teachers need continued professional development …
3) How to help struggling young readers  Kate Walsh, president of the National Council on Teacher Quality… Teacher-prep programs, she added, bear a large part of the responsibility here: Many teachers-in-training receive just one course in how to teach reading — a teaching task which experts agree is extremely complex — before heading into the classroom.
4) Strapped for teachers, Detroit district looks to controversial teacher training programs   Among the handful of programs that have signed up to provide quick-certified teachers is Teachers of Tomorrow. Run by a controversial Texas company that was approved to operate in Michigan in 2017, the program produces graduates who receive an interim certificate. After three years on the job, some additional training, and a good review from their principal, they become fully certified.

Deseret News. Proposed changes to teacher licensure will ‘exacerbate’ teacher shortage, educators say   Proposed changes to the state teacher licensure rule will exacerbate Utah’s teacher shortage and contribute to inequity among students, educators told members of the Utah State Board of Education Thursday.

Education Week. Education Funding Bill Progresses in House After School Safety Money Restored   Trump’s proposals to eliminate Title II professional development grants for educators, as well as after-school programs, were not included in the House spending bill. 

Education Writers Assoc. Teacher Residencies: The Future of Teacher Prep?   The hands-on approach is growing but whether it can deliver on promises remains to be seen.

Gizmodo. Study: Future Teachers Are Already Biased Against Black Children   Researchers at North Carolina State University … recruited 40 college students (most of whom were white) who were training to become teachers…The study’s small sample size means that only limited conclusions can be drawn from the results.

Hechinger Report.
1) Nearly 750 charter schools are whiter than the nearby district schools   The idea behind charters was to loosen rules and regulations hindering innovation. Many charters hire teachers who don’t belong to a teachers union or haven’t gone through a traditional teacher preparation program, for example.
2) Will new standards improve elementary science education?  Most elementary school teachers have little scientific background and many say they feel unprepared to teach the subject well, according to a national survey of science and mathematics education conducted by a North Carolina research firm in 2012.

The Inquirer. The case for more Asian-American public school teachers   But the representation problem also has a detrimental impact on public education, since colleges and universities train teachers. Asian teachers comprise only 2 percent of the teacher labor force although nearly 6 percent of public school students identify as Asian.

NEA Today. 10 Must-See TED Talks for Educators: Teaching Teachers How to Create Magic   Dr. Christopher Emdin of the Teachers College at Columbia University argues that we need to transform how teachers are trained if our schools are going to reach and engage all students.

TribLive. Grant to support teacher training residencies   They may be graduating fewer teachers than ever, but officials at Indiana University of Pennsylvania say those teachers should be better prepared than ever thanks to a grant announced Thursday by Gov. Tom Wolf announced to boost its teacher residency program.

Wall Street Journal. How One Charter Network Recruits Diverse Teachers Uncommon Schools recruits college juniors for summer teaching fellowships in hopes of hiring them after graduation

Washington Post. ‘Teaching for Black Lives’ — a handbook to help all educators fight racism  Throughout the book, we demonstrate how teachers can connect the curriculum to young people’s lives and root their concerns and daily experiences in what is taught and how classrooms are set up.


NYSED Board of Regents.
Agenda for July 16-17 Meetings

New York State United Teachers [NYSUT]. These high school students explain why they want to be teachers. #BeAChangemaker  “My mom’s a special ed teacher… and so I go in and volunteer whenever I don’t have school. I’ve always really loved it. I love how excited they get about learning.”


New York City Department of Education.
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NYTimes. The Chancellor Saved a Failing Harlem School, but Can It Be Fixed?  Aaron Pallas, a professor of sociology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, noted that Wadleigh has trouble with order, safety, teacher-principal trust, instructional leadership and the coherence of its teaching, according to city statistics.