Week of June 18 in Teacher Ed News

| June 22, 2018

. Across China: Transforming kindergartens in rural China   “The quality of education is not only decided by facilities but also by teachers,” said Zhang. “The UNICEF project has helped us improve the quality of early education in rural areas as a whole through professional teacher training.”


. NEPC Review: NCTQ Report Rife With Flaws in Logic, Methodology

ACCTNow. Seven Questions About the PROSPER Act Answered

Bloomberg Government. Higher Education Bill Needs More Homework, House Republicans Say

Chalkbeat. What you should know about the White House’s proposal to merge the education department into a new agency   The proposal would require congressional approval, which will likely be a difficult battle.

Education Week.
1) How Have Obama’s K-12 Policies Fared Under Trump?   GOP lawmakers in Congress, with the urging of the Trump administration, tossed Obama-era regulations that required states to judge teacher-preparation organizations, including colleges of education, in part on how well their graduates are able to improve student test scores.
2) Trump Officially Proposes Merging U.S. Departments of Education, Labor
3) To Make Ends Meet, 1 in 5 Teachers Have Second Jobs   “Presumably, the big issue is money. … What we know is that [teachers] do it more than other similarly situated, college-educated workers with full-time jobs do.”

Encoura. Artificial Intelligence, Avatars, and Pathways: Eduventures 2018 Innovation Award Winners   Using Avatars for Online Classroom Simulations. Walden University (Walden) wanted to provide online students in teacher preparation programs with additional opportunities to practice their craft. Use of avatars as “practice” K-12 students, a technique developed at the University of Central Florida for campus students…

Fox2News. A student showed up to school in a KKK costume — reportedly with his teacher’s approval   … sparked outrage when classmates saw the student outside a history class at Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy in Wilmington, California, then learned the outfit was teacher-sanctioned…

InsideHigherEd. An ‘Education and the Workforce’ Agency?  White House plan to merge two cabinet departments… renews debate over how best to rationalize government role in educating and training Americans.

New York Times.
1) A.P. World History Tries to Trim Thousands of Years, and Educators Revolt   Most teachers and historians involved in the debate admit that the sheer breadth of the curriculum presents a challenge for teachers.
2) Frances Walker-Slocum, 94, Pioneering Pianist and Teacher, Dies  “Ms. Walker was a tough teacher, but one who knew how to tap into every student’s motivation,” said Lee Koonce, a senior adviser to the dean of the Eastman School of Music …She received a master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University…
3) White House Proposes Merging Education, Labor   Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said members of both parties in Congress had pushed back against Trump’s proposals “to drastically gut investments in education, health care and workers — and he should expect the same result for this latest attempt to make government work worse for the people it serves.”

Politico. School groups condemn Trump family separation policy   A spokeswoman for Southwest Key Programs, a nonprofit that runs 26 shelters… said the children in its care are receiving classroom time with licensed teachers.

SCALE/AACTE. 2018 Call for edTPA Proposals extended until July 1: Teacher Performance Assessment Implementation Conference [Oct. 18-19, San Jose, CA]

The Advocate. Louisiana’s teacher overhaul already impacts one third of prospective educators  Nearly 1 of 3 college seniors statewide who plan to be teachers took part in year-long classroom residencies during the past school year… The aspiring teachers are part of the first wave in Louisiana’s plan to overhaul the way educators are prepared and to address concerns many were ill-prepared for their initial jobs.

The American Prospect. Learning from History: The Prospects for School Desegregation An interview with Ansley Erickson [TC Prof.]  Women of Irish, Italian, Jewish descent moved into the middle class by becoming schoolteachers in the early- and mid-20th century. Similarly, African American educators have attained, or preserved, middle class status through education jobs for a long time.

Washington Post. D.C. files motion to dismiss lawsuit over its controversial education requirements for child-care workers   By requiring lead teachers in child-care centers to obtain college degrees but not demanding that other child-care workers do so, the regulations violate plaintiffs’ right to equal protection under the law, the lawsuit argues.


. Judge strikes down rule allowing some New York charter schools to certify their own teachers. “In its strong opinion, the court rightly upheld the Board of the Regents and the Commissioner’s authority to certify teachers in New York State,” the statement reads.

Commission on Independent College and Universities (CICU). New York’s Independent Sector Leads the Way in Educator Education

InsideHigherEd. Cutting Away From Excelsior  Long-shot gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon takes aim at New York’s free tuition program, calling for a lower income limit, less stringent credit requirements and a first-dollar program.

NYPost. NY court tosses attempt to loosen teaching requirements   The State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Tuesday ruled against a SUNY committee’s plans to allow for less formal training for charter school teachers than is required for public school teachers in exchange for real-life experience the subject matter.

NYS Legislature S08776/A10952. Relates to admission requirements for graduate-level teacher and educational leader programs.  There are no votes for this bill in this legislative session.


Amsterdam News
. School Chancellor Carranza in his own words   Next year he plans to partner with United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew to give students who graduate from the [NYCMenTeach] programs job offers if they earn college degrees and teacher certification.

Teachers College.
1) Congratulations to O’Neill Fellow Sarah Duer (MA ’15) on the graduation of her first class from Q300 Elementary School to in Astoria, Queens. Sarah taught the class, which heads to the Q300 Middle School in September, in 2nd and 4th grades.
) They Still Have a Lot to Learn: Business leaders increasingly influence education policy, but Americans think they’re not well-informed, a TC study finds   …nearly three-quarters of respondents (74 percent) say teachers should have a great deal of influence on education policy.