Week of June 17 in Teacher Ed News

| June 21, 2019

EdWeek. Teachers Around the World Say They’re Satisfied With Their Jobs   Most teachers around the world, including in the United States, said they felt well prepared to teach subject-area content and pedagogy. But fewer teachers felt prepared to teach in a multicultural or multilingual setting, or in a mixed-ability classroom…

OECD. Teaching and Learning International Survey 2018 Results. 72% of new teachers in the US felt they were well prepared in the pedagogy of the subjects they taught, slightly less than the TALIS avg of 76%….

UNESCO. Education as healing: Addressing the trauma of displacement through social and emotional learning   Far from taking over the role of specialized mental health professionals, teachers can be trained to recognize the signs of trauma and deploy teaching methods to help mitigate its effects on learning.


AACTE.  New Initiative To Advance Teacher and Principal Preparation Grounded in the Science of Learning   …Learning Policy Institute and Bank Street Graduate School of Education have announced the launch of the Educator Preparation Laboratory (EdPrepLab), a new initiative to help educator preparation programs ensure that new teachers and leaders are able to provide all k-12 students with the kind of deeper learning that helps them develop those skills. 

1) Arthur Levine, Known for Harsh Critiques of Teacher-Preparation Programs, to Step Down   Levine, who had spent a dozen years as the president of Teachers College, Columbia University, released four damning reports on schools of education across the country… But on the eve of his retirement as the president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, he’s more focused on solutions. “I concluded anybody can throw bombs,” he said. “The question was, can you fix it? …
2) No, Mentoring a Student-Teacher Won’t Hurt Your Evaluation Score, Study Suggests   The report, which is part of the Annenberg Institute at Brown University’s working paper series and has yet to go through peer review, suggests that teachers who mentored student-teachers had significantly higher observation ratings and slightly improved achievement gains, but not always at a significant level.
3) Teaching in the U.S. Should Be More ‘Intellectually Attractive,’ Global Expert Says   Schleicher of the OECD said teachers want professional autonomy and opportunities to collaborate with their peers. “That’s my main takeaway: not to make teaching financially attractive, but more importantly, make it intellectually attractive,” Schleicher said. 

GetSelected. The edTPA Uncovered: Sample Submissions That Passed   We reached out to our candidates and asked for sample submissions, and thanks to five amazing teachers, we have samples…

HechingerReport. Can teachers live where they work?: In many parts of the country, the answer is, not till they start earning more   Over the course of 10 years under Harris’ plan, teachers would receive a raise of $13,500 on average, an increase of 23 percent. The plan also calls for investment of funds in the teaching profession. Half of these designated federal funds would go to teacher training programs at “minority-serving institutions,” including historically black colleges and Hispanic serving institutions…

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD). Forward TogetherPolicy makers, teacher preparation leaders, district, network and school administrators, general educators, special educators and caregivers need to break the silos that are ultimately hindering student learning and development.

ProPublica. How Teach for America Evolved Into an Arm of the Charter School Movement  Documents obtained by ProPublica show that the Walton foundation, a staunch supporter of school choice and Teach for America’s largest private funder, was paying $4,000 for every teacher placed in a traditional public school — and $6,000 for every one placed in a charter school…“There’s no question that Teach For America as it evolved became joined at the hip to a large degree with the national education reform movement. I suspect that some of this was coordinated in part with funders who are active in the Teach For America funding and the charter and reform activities,” said Jeffrey Henig, a professor at the Teachers College, Columbia University 

Teaching Works. 2019 Elementary Mathematics Laboratory [July 22-26]   TeachingWorks will host a variety of professional development opportunities for classroom teachers, teacher educators, teacher leaders… observe an elementary mathematics class taught by Deborah Loewenberg Ball…

TheNews&Observer.  NC teachers in danger of losing their jobs soon could get licensing help from lawmakers   Hundreds of North Carolina teachers are in danger of losing their jobs at the end of June unless they can pass a licensure exam or state lawmakers take action to let them stay in the classroom. 

U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island. Cook v. Raimondo, filed by [TC Prof] Michael Rebell

  1. There is no requirement in Rhode Island that social studies teachers have any knowledge or training in civics or in American government…
  2. A prime reason why democratic deliberation is not taught effectively in most schools in Rhode Island is that the vast majority of teachers in these schools have not been trained in civics in general, and, specifically, have received no training or inadequate training in how to facilitate meaningful conversations on controversial issues in a non-partisan manner and how to develop the skills needed for democratic deliberation in their students…
  3. most teachers in Rhode Island have had no training in teaching media literacy skills…

WAMU. Maryland’s New Education Formula Is Being Hailed As A Breakthrough. Is It Too Soon?   … a report citing seven recommendations. • Improving teacher education and pay… Sharon Lynn Kagan, co-director of the National Center for Children and Families at Columbia University’s Teachers College, says that Maryland’s blueprint for school reform has three things that should make it successful…

Washington Post.
1) Education as a meritocracy? Report finds it is still better to be born rich than smart in U.S.   Every individual should be aware of the range of possible career preparation options, including postsecondary degree and certificate programs, apprenticeships, employer- or military-provided training and workforce development programs.
2) Hey, kid! Get on the computer to do your homework. Now, get off!   Teacher complaints about the way they are trained to use technology may be right. The report said the NAEP results, particularly in math, showed the trend toward lower student performance “also holds regardless of the teacher’s background and preparation in technology-based instruction.”
3) She wrote her dissertation on unusual names instead of changing hers. Now you can call her Dr. Marijuana Pepsi.  Appropriately enough, her dissertation, “Black names in white classrooms: Teacher behaviors and student perceptions,” analyzed how black students with distinctive names are treated by educators in predominantly white settings, and how that treatment affects their academic performance.
4) To fight hate and stereotypes, students and parents turn to textbooks   Nasser trained Fairfax public school educators to teach history when she was an associate professor at George Mason University. She observed ill-informed educators resort to shallow stories and clichés…

Wisconsin State Journal (WSJ). Lawmakers look to expand eligibility for loan program to diversify teaching pool after drop in applications  The state’s Minority Teacher Loan Program offers loans to African American, Latino, American Indian and certain Southeast Asian populations to attend a Wisconsin college in pursuit of a teaching degree. They can have the loans completely forgiven after four years of teaching by meeting certain requirements.


NYSED. State Education Department Identifies 562 Recognition Schools   ESSA strategies to foster equity include to: address disparities in training for teachers to help them be effective in the classroom; provide students more access to rigorous high school coursework;…


1) Phil Weinberg, 35-year veteran of NYC education department, to retire  [Teachers College, MA English Ed]. He currently oversees the offices of leadership; teacher development; curriculum, instruction and professional learning; policy and evaluation; and postsecondary readiness, officials said.
2) These 277 schools are NYC’s highest achieving under ESSA’s new accountability measures   Teachers College Community School and Columbia Secondary School, two of three schools recognized in NYCDOE District #5

Fortune. Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray: Why We’re Introducing Social-Emotional Learning in New York City Schools   Every teacher will have access to a strong curriculum for social-emotional learning, and the training they need to teach it in their classrooms.

Teachers College. Leading with Evidence in Schools: Data and Research Literacy [July 1-28]  This course is designed for current or aspiring teachers, school leaders, and district or state leaders globally who are looking to enhance and hone their skills and capacity around data and evidence use for improving instruction in their schools.