Week of March 11 in Teacher Ed News

| March 15, 2019

Education DivePre-to-3: New ‘baby PISA’ study to include US 5-year-olds   …practical differences between early education in the U.S. and the education systems that exist in many other parts of the world. Sharon Lynn Kagan, an early childhood education professor at Teachers College at Columbia University … has been documenting many of these differences in a National Center on Education and the Economy study that includes both the U.S. and England. 

National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE).Getting Selective About Teacher Preparation  While Finland’s highly intellectual and deeply clinical preparation for teachers is a notable example, many top performing education systems have much higher standards for preparing teachers than are found in US programs. What would the U.S. teaching force look like if we required this kind of preparation of our prospective teachers? 

New York Times.
1) 5 New International Series Visit 5 Far-Flung Crime Scenes   ‘The 43’: Expanding the borders of the true-crime documentary, this chilling two-part series re-examines the disappearance of 43 young men in southern Mexico in 2014. (The Spanish langugage title translates as “The Days of Ayotzinapa,” referring to the teachers college the victims attended.)
2) ‘Roma’ Actress Brings Star Power to Support of Domestic Workers   “Now 25, Aparicio, the first indigenous woman to be nominated for a best actress Oscar, had completed teacher training when cast in director Alfonso Cuaron’s autobiographical film ..”My passion has always been to educate people, to teach them,”

Toronto SunNew Ontario math curriculum goes back to the basics   The full change over from today’s curriculum to the new one is expected to take four years. During that time, the province plans to invest in teacher education, help school boards establish “Math Leads” and introduce “Math Facilitators” at the lowest 1,000 performing schools in Ontario.


Brookings Institute. Simple tweaks could offer a chance for stronger, more diverse teachers   …we cannot definitively know whether requiring more aligned coursework would help candidates do better on licensing tests—or teach this content more competently once in the classroom. Regardless, we think it’s a safe bet and an easy fix for teacher training programs.

1) Concerned about reading instruction, state cracks down on teacher prep programs, starting with Colorado’s largest   The Greeley-based University of Northern Colorado, which enrolls about 2,800 teachers-in-training, is the first institution to face new scrutiny from state education officials over how it prepares students to teach reading. The literacy appraisal was part of the prep program’s reauthorization review and comes amid widespread concern about reading instruction…
2) We asked, they answered: Teachers weigh in on how they learned to teach reading   We heard from teachers in Colorado and several other states who said their educator preparation program didn’t provide the skills they needed to teach reading. We also learned that most respondents agreed with recent critiques that American schools pay little attention to the science behind reading instruction. 

Chicago Sun-Times.
1) Add teacher shortage to the list of big problems Illinois must solve   The report suggests other ways to ease the teacher shortage, such as making it easier to get a license to be a substitute teacher, and expanding special programs to develop and recruit teacher candidates.
2) Alternative program touts help in teacher shortage, but lawmaker scoffs   State Rep. Katie Stuart, an Edwardsville Democrat and a former math teacher, said she could not believe that Teach for America can provide the same level of professional training as a formal training program at a college or university. She said programs such as Teach for America diminish the professionalism of the teaching occupation.

Education Week.
1) Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Deans for Impact Launch Project to Teach Learning Science in Colleges of Ed.   The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the philanthropic organization led by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, announced a new grant today to support colleges of education that integrate learning science into their teacher preparation programs. The group is giving $1.5 million to Deans for Impact, a nonprofit group of education school leaders, to create a national network of colleges of education that want to teach the research behind how people learn.
2) Here Are the 29 Education Programs Trump Wants to Eliminate  …Teacher Quality Partnership $43,100,00
3) Let Minority-Serving Colleges Be a Model for Teacher Prep, Report Says   … past analyses have found that achieving parity between the teaching workforce and the student population is a long way off. A new report from the Bellwether Education Partners says that in the meantime, it is teacher-preparation programs’ responsibility to better prepare all teachers, but especially white teachers, to serve students and communities of color more effectively.
4) Should Teachers Get Vouchers for Professional Learning? Trump Thinks So   Trump’s budget proposal states the grants would focus on high-quality mentoring or residencies for new teachers, as well as increased pay for effective teachers, particularly those in high-needs fields and subjects.
5) Trump Seeks 10 Percent Cut to Education Department Aid, $5 Billion for Tax-Credit Scholarships   Funding for teacher development under Title II, totaling $2.1 billion, would be eliminated, as would $1.2 billion in Title IV funding for academic supports and enrichment and $1.1 billion for 21st Century Community Learning Centers that support after-school programs. In total, funding for 29 programs would be eliminated in the federal budget.
6) What Teachers Should Know About the Science of Reading (Video and Transcript)   Hanford’s hard-charging radio documentary, published last fall, has reinflamed decades-old debates about early reading. Her message is clear: The science has shown that systematic, explicit phonics instruction is the necessary foundation for successful reading. But that’s not what teachers are learning in their training, and it’s not what’s happening in schools.

Hechinger Report.
1) Learning while you earn in college: A new study finds that students are more successful when they get work-study jobs that are relevant to their career interests   In a related 2016 study, Columbia Teachers College researchers Judith Scott-Clayton and Veronica Minaya found that federal work-study jobs increased the likelihood of graduation, confirming the findings of prior research
2) Research scholars to air problems with using ‘grit’ at school   While it remains unclear whether grit can be taught, educators should be aware that even if it is possible to teach perseverance and passion, it’s unlikely to translate into things that schools can measure and take credit for.

Inside Higher EdTrump Seeks Billions in Cuts   The budget proposal released on Monday asks Congress to open Pell Grants to “high-quality” short-term programs, eliminate Public Service Loan Forgiveness and subsidized student loans, and streamline income-driven repayment programs for student borrowers.

New York Times. DeVos Illegally Delayed Special Education Rule, Judge Says   The department largely sided with the rule’s opponents who believed that large disparities were not evidence enough of discrimination in classrooms, and could be a result of other factors such as districts’ capacity to train teachers in properly identifying and disciplining students with disabilities. 

U.S. Senator Tim KaineKaine, Collins Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Address Nationwide Teacher And Principal Shortages   Preparing and Retaining Education Professionals (PREP) Actwould also encourage school districts to create partnerships, including Grow Your Own programs, with local community colleges and universities to ensure their programs are educating future teachers in areas where there is a shortage of educators. The bill would increase access to teacher and school leader residency programs and preparation training…


NYSED Board of Regents.
1) Board of Regents Unanimously Reelects Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown
2) March meeting agenda

Peekskill-Cortland Patch. Hen Hud Teacher Named Biomedical Science Teacher Of The Year: Jeanine Hall received the award at Project Lead the Way’s national conference.   Project Lead the Way is a nonprofit organization… The program’s teacher training and resources support educators as they engage their students in real-world learning.



Teachers College.
1) Peace Corps Fellows Program [Video] PeaceMaker Speaker Series, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams Feb. 1, 2019
2) The Making of a (Black, Female) Science Teacher: Felicia Mensah chronicles one student’s journey   “The significant decrease in the number of Black teachers has been so drastic that scholars have referred to them as an ‘endangered species,’” Mensah, Professor of Science & Education, and Associate Dean, writes in her paper, “Finding Voice and Passion: Critical Race Theory Methodology in Science Teacher Education,” published in February by the American Educational Research Journal.