Week of June 10 in Teacher Ed News

| June 14, 2019

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).  Training of Trainers Programme 2019 [multiple venues and formats]

Pursuit/Univ. of Melbourne. What Does A Great Teacher Look Like?: Teachers with a strong belief in their own ability to ‘get the job done’ have the biggest impact on a student’s learning   Our previous research (which was launched by former Federal education minister Simon Birmingham last year) found that this practice of teaching should be considered separately from teacher quality, or the personal traits of teachers that contribute to effective teaching. These traits also have an independent impact on student, teacher and school outcomes.

The Centre for Education and International Development (CEID). Colloquium on Teacher Education in sub- Saharan Africa [25 June, Univ. of London]

Univ. of Chicago/Delhi. Reimagining Teacher Training in India Conference Report

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). May Federal Update Webinar Recording

Association of Teacher Educators (ATE). Summer Induction Symposium For New Education Professors [July 27, Burlington, VT]

Central Michigan University. Teacher ed grows in many ways: Program adds students, expands support for current and future educators

Daily Herald. Career Pathways program helped Elk Grove senior thrive   Samantha Pelaez, a Harper College Promise Scholar, is excited for her future as a teacher, a career which she explored while taking part in District 214’s Career Pathways program.

1) A Gap in Teacher Training: Working With Students Who Have Concussions   A growing number of children have experienced a brain injury—yet most teachers have never learned in preparation or professional development how to work with them.
2) Stop Trying to Standardize Your Students’ Language [commentary]  As educators, we’re especially attuned to the labeling and categorization of language. With honest intentions, we take up what we’re taught in our teacher preparation: that language can be standardized.
3) Want Teachers to Motivate Their Students? Teach Them How to Do It   A study released in May by the Mindset Scholars Network, a collaborative of researchers who study student motivation, found most teacher education programs nationwide do not include explicit training for teachers on the science of how to motivate students.

Honolulu Civil Beat. Students Thrived At This Maui School In Territorial Hawaii   A widely known “best practice” was the Columbia University Teachers College mission of “cultural understanding as an essential element of teaching and learning” in New York City — where Lower East Side immigrants spoke German, Italian and Yiddish.

Learning Policy Institute. EdPrepLab Will Help Educators Develop the Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions to Support All Students in Learning Deeply   Learning Policy Institute and Bank Street Graduate School of Education announced the launch of Educator Preparation Laboratory (EdPrepLab), an initiative to help educator preparation programs ensure that new teachers and leaders are able to provide k-12 students with education that helps them develop skills like critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and being able to apply knowledge in a range of contexts.

1) Inside the Elementary School Where Drug Addiction Sets the Curriculum
2) What Will Teacher Raises Buy Students? [OpEd by M. Kraft, Brown Univ.] Data collected by the ACT organization show that high school students most commonly cited low pay as a reason for not being interested in teaching… The second most commonly cited reason high school students gave for not being interested in becoming teachers is the job’s lack of career development opportunities.

The Week. America’s teacher shortage  Studies have found both that under-prepared teachers are more likely to leave the profession and that some alternative pathways into teaching can produce less effective educators, as compared to traditional teaching education programs.

Tulsa World. After years of debilitating teacher shortages, some districts are seeing progress in hiring, retention  A recent career fair attracted more than 180 prospective teachers. Most were hired by the district, Kerns said. She’s confident Broken Arrow will start the school year with all positions filled in every area except special education, which continues to be an area of need across the state.

UDDaily.  Training Delaware’s Teachers  …94% of undergraduates majoring in elementary teacher education (ETE) at the University of Delaware are employed as elementary, middle school or special education teachers after graduation. In addition to traditional classroom learning, ETE majors spend much of their degree program engaged in extensive field experiences in real-world educational settings—teaching, tutoring and mentoring in local schools and community centers.


Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Hiring teachers of color is an investment in student success, group says   Educators for Excellence has since asked the State Education Department to double the funding for My Brother’s Keeper Teacher Opportunity Corps — a state grant program that partners with teacher preparation programs to recruit, train and support new teachers of color entering the profession – to $7 million.

1) Public comment period is open on proposed regulatory changes that would require teacher preparation programs in certain subject areas to dedicate at least 3 semester hours to language acquisition & literacy development of English language learners.Please email comments to petra.maxwell@nysed.govby June 21.
2) State Education Department Announces Second Class of My Brother’s Keeper Fellows   Also since 2016, NYSED … awarded grants to 16 colleges and universities to help them bolster the retention of highly qualified individuals who value equity and reflect the diversity inside and outside of our classrooms, particularly in high-need schools with recurrent teacher shortages. 


Brooklyn Reporter. Campaign for Children holds City Hall rally for pre-K funding parity   Council Speaker Corey Johnson admitted during the rally, which was organized by Campaign for Children, that a DOE teacher with a Master’s degree who’s been in the system for eight years earns about $85,000 a year, while teachers with the same qualifications teaching at a CBO earn around $49,000 annually.

NYDailyNews. Manhattan memorial to recall forward-thinking Harlem-born educator Irving Hamer Jr.   Raised in central Harlem, the native New Yorker held a number of influential public education positions including deputy commissioner of the state Education Department and Manhattan representative to the city Board of Education… In the classroom, Hamer was a professor of education at Columbia University’s Teachers College, Florida International University Center for Urban Education and Innovation and the University of Memphis.

NYTimes. Velvel Pasternak, Preserver of Hasidic Music, Is Dead at 85   He studied at Juilliard and received a master’s degree in music education from Teachers College at Columbia University…Mr. Pasternak took a sabbatical from teaching at local day schools and flew with his family to Israel, where he visited Hasidic enclaves… 

Teachers College.
1) Confessions of an Active Learner: Amity Buxton (Ed.D.’62, M.A.’52) has supported teachers as learners   Buxton was hired to train student teachers in the combined district through a state-funded program administered by San Francisco State University. With racial tensions running high (including classroom takeovers by the Black Panthers), the challenges of equitably teaching and measuring student outcomes might have proven insurmountable had not Buxton stressed assessing each child’s work on an individual basis and encouraged teachers to act as designers of curriculum and agents of individualized instruction.
2) Teaching Residents at Teachers College. TR@TC June Newsletter