Week of June 24 in Teacher Ed News

| June 28, 2019

Education Week  Three Big Questions on Artificial Intelligence and Schools   Innova Schools in Lima, Peru are using IBM’s Watson to scan resumes for teacher hiring, he said. “They discovered that credentials on a resume can’t tell them how well a teacher will do in their environment,” he said. But they’ve trained Watson to spot those qualities.

New York Times.  [YAKAWLANG, Afghanistan]  A School With No Heat or Computers but Many College-Bound Students. Mostly Girls.   The fourth-grade math teacher, Ms. Joya, who is 28, did not begin school herself until the Taliban fell when she was 11; she could not read or write, and her only schooling had been sewing class. 

Quartz. Japan is trying really hard to persuade women to start having babies again   The government has said it needs to create 320,000 new public day care slots by 2021, which will mean hiring and training 77,000 more teachers. Filling these slots with highly-educated early childhood caregivers won’t be easy.


CBS News. Two-thirds of American employees regret their college degrees   At least one sector of employment bucked the trend: Teachers and other professionals in education, which isn’t typically a high-paying profession, were the second-least likely, after engineering grads, to have any regrets tied to their major, with 37% saying they had no regrets.

Chronicle of Higher Education.  What You Told Us About the Challenges of Training Grad Students to Teach   Training, he wrote, improves performance. But becoming a good teacher also requires “educational and professional formation” that improves the mind. Those two ideas, he said, might be combined into teacher preparation.

Clarion Ledger. Over 240 Jackson Public School District teachers’ licenses affected by policy  MDE allows non-certified teachers to apply for a temporary one-year license with renewal contingent upon meeting certain requirements. To renew the license for a second year, license holders have to show proof of enrollment in an alternate route program or that they’ve passed a content test called the Praxis.

Education Week.
1) A District Knew It Was Failing Some Students. How It’s Using Parents to Help   It also collaborated with the teacher’s union to include language in its most recent contract that will give some protections against layoffs for teachers who are graduates of the district’s local teacher-recruitment program, who tend to be from more diverse backgrounds.
2) Young Teachers May Be ‘Digital Natives’ But Need Support in Using Tech, Studies Find   One study, by Kristin Weber, a professor at Edinboro University in northwestern Pennsylvania, found that students set to teach elementary school were less confident that they knew how to use tech in the classroom when they finished their student teaching than before they began. 

Johns Hopkins Institute for Education Policy [David Steiner, Dir.]. Providence Public School District: A Review   ·Inadequate preparation and support for teaching and learning. Members were very clear that “individual teachers are heroic,” but that many are “cynical and worn down.” They acknowledged that the social context of Providence has changed, and that teachers are not prepared.

KQED. How Preschool Teachers Leverage Student Curiosity into Early STEM Exploration   At Educare New Orleans preschool teachers have been trained to teach STEM ideas through play. 

New York Times. Year-End Roundup, 2018-19: All Our Lesson Plans, All in One Place

Romper.  The Best Time To Teach Baby A Second Language Is Earlier Than You Think  When it comes to the best time to teach your baby a second language, Erika Levy, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Teachers College, Columbia University says, “The earlier the better! Even within the first 6 months of life, babies become keenly aware of the speech sounds in the languages that surround them.”

The74. The Mentor: One Year, Two Teachers and a Quest in the Bronx to Empower Educators and Students to Think for Themselves  Mentoring can’t fix everything, and it’s only one part of a comprehensive induction program to support new teachers, researchers argue. But as teacher walkouts across the country this past year show, teachers are feeling drained and demanding support.


NYSED Office of Higher EducationJune Newsletter
1) New York State teacher certification examinations (NYSTCE) safety nets expiring. Critical information for your candidates
2) Request for proposals for a speech-language and bilingual speech-language personnel development center


Chalkbeat. Stringer calls for paid teacher residencies — the latest piece of a burgeoning education platform as he eyes a run for mayor  On Monday, Comptroller Scott Stringer released a proposal that he hopes will significantly reduce that rate by funding year-long residencies, arguing that training teachers more like doctors could help save the city money, attract a more diverse teaching force, and fill shortages in hard-to-staff subjects and schools.  

New York City Comptroller. Teacher Residencies: Supporting the Next Generation of Teachers and Students. Another successful collaboration between the City and higher education can be seen at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Teaching Residents at Teachers College (TR@TC) is a robust teaching residency that prepares participants through a year-long, paid residency. As of 2017, the program reported retention rates of 94 percent among program graduates.

New York Post.
1) City teachers fleeing New York at an alarming rate: report   To better train teachers, Stringer is calling on the Education Department to adopt a “residency” program that would offer aspiring instructors a $30,000 stipend to work in a city school during their final year of graduate school.
2) Education nonprofit moves into historical Cunard Building   This is just what the city doctor ordered: More space for training teachers. The Relay Graduate School of Education is opening downtown this week in larger space at the historical Cunard Building at 25 Broadway.

New York Times. The Late Bloomer: Learning About the Birds and Bees in College: My Orthodox Jewish education skipped sex ed, and I didn’t have “The Talk” until I was 24.   The person who was supposed to be teaching us 10th grade science was untrained as an educator, teaching until he found a full-time job as a computer programmer.

Teachers College. Class Action: The case for empowering our teachers   In the following three-part special report, you’ll meet Teachers College alumni nationwide who are applying their creativity, resilience and TC preparation toward engaging students as citizens in the making. You’ll also meet TC faculty and alumni in school leadership positions with ideas for restoring a noble profession to the standing it deserves.