Week of June 19 in Teacher Ed News

| June 23, 2017

AACTE. Internationalization Survey, Self-Reflection Tool Developed for Deans/Directors of Teacher Education  Have you ever wondered what it takes to develop a teacher education program that prepares teachers to teach for global competence?

NYTimes. ‘Our Phones Are Being Monitored’: How a Hacking Story Unfurled  Mr. Patrón went on to explain that he and two other lawyers on his staff at Centro Prodh, including the one representing the families of 43 students missing from a teachers college in Ayotzinapa, had been targeted by highly sophisticated spyware that could take over a cellphone…

TC NCSPE. Colombian Charter School Management  …teachers can begin to work in public schools (up to grade eight) with only a high school degree, though teaching in high school (grades 10 and 11) and beyond requires that the teacher has graduated from a teacher training or technical college or has obtained a bachelor’s degree.

AACTE. Member-Exclusive Federal Update Webinars

AMLE. Annual Conference for Middle Level Education [Philadelphia, PA • November 6–8, 2017]

1) Are Confederate-Statue Controversies Teachable Moments?  And while many curricula now reflect contemporary historiography about the war, the falsehood that it wasn’t primarily fought over slavery remains influential, even among some who set classroom standards.
2) Can These 11 States Make Their Teaching Forces More Diverse by 2040?  Saroja Warner, the director of educator preparation initiatives at CCSSO, said this work aligns with both CCSSO’s strategic plan and the Every Student Succeeds Act…
3) Leading School Accreditor Sees Expansion Opportunity Under ESSA  AdvancED…suite of new online classroom-observation tools, consultant services, and teacher and leadership training is independent of the nonprofit’s bread-and-butter work of awarding or withholding its seal of approval for 27,000 of the nation’s elementary, middle, and high schools.
4) The War on Teachers and the End of Public Education  I would argue that we have genuinely reached a tipping point, one where we’re struggling to get young people to go into teaching as professional career (as opposed to two-year adventure before law school). 

Hartford Business Journal. $4.8M for UHart, Montessori degree  …$4.8 million from the Walton Family Foundation to establish an undergraduate Montessori education degree by 2022.

Hechinger Report. TEACHER VOICE: “I realized that my education had occurred within a racist system that privileged Eurocentric achievements”

HuffPost. Florida Teachers take State Ed and Pearson to Court [Alan Singer blog] In 2010, as part of its application for a federal Race to the Top grant, Florida proposed making teacher certification exams more difficult, supposedly to raise standards.

Montanta State Univ. MSU Troops to Teachers regional program receives federal grant to reinstate services

Southern Regional Education Board.  Teacher Preparation Commission

The Atlantic. Can Scientists Help End the Teacher Shortage?: Technology and math professionals are leaving the laboratory to lead the classroom.

NYSED. Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia Statement on End of Session Legislative Actions  Both Houses also passed legislation that will enable the Education Department to continue to serve as a national institutional accrediting agency… Enactment of this appropriation, sponsored by Senator LaValle and Assemblymember Glick, will allow the Department to continue to offer this service to colleges and universities in New York…

NYTimes. No Deal, Just Blame, on Mayoral Control of New York City Schools

1) Chancellor Fariña on why losing mayoral control ‘would mean chaos, gridlock and corruption’  Under the old system, entire districts did not have well-trained teachers or necessary materials. This isn’t just speculation – again, I was there.
2) Do struggling schools in New York City’s Renewal turnaround program outperform those left out? A new analysis suggests no  The new findings come from Aaron Pallas, a Teachers College professor who conducted a review of test score and graduation rate data comparing Renewal schools with others that were similarly low-performing when the program started but did not get the extra resources.
3) Mayor Bill de Blasio has made many education promises. Here’s what he’s delivered so far — and what he hasn’t  We looked in depth at the school system’s organization, struggling schools left out of the city’s main improvement programs, and the state of teacher training under Fariña, who is passionate about it.

Politico. Mayoral ambitions on hold, Eva Moskowitz aims for national prominence  The Success Academy Education Institute, a vast online compendium of the network’s literacy curriculum, will function like a virtual teachers’ college.