Week of March 12 in Teacher Ed News

| March 16, 2018

BBC News
. Two more Scottish universities to offer teacher training

Gov.UK. Damian Hinds sets out plans to help tackle teacher workload   Teacher workload is one of the key issues of our time in education. It deters would-be teachers and makes it harder to retain good teachers.

The Irish Times. Hundreds of teacher-training places to tackle ‘crisis’   Hundreds of extra teacher-training places are to be provided this year amid concerns of a “crisis” in the supply of teachers for key subjects.

The Nation. Students’ enrollment threatens Teacher Education – Provost The Provost, Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo, Prof Olukoya Ogen on Tuesday examined critically the issue of enrolments in College of Education in Nigeria.

. In #AACTE18 Keynote, Ravitch Rebukes Detractors of Public Schools   She noted a recent surge in “phony” graduate schools of education that seem designed to produce teachers for charter schools, with a narrow focus on student discipline and test scores.

CBSNews 60 Minutes. Betsy DeVos on guns, school choice and why people don’t like her   And I hesitate to think of, like, my first-grade teacher, Mrs. Zorhoff, I couldn’t ever imagine her having a gun and being trained in that way. 

Chalkbeat. New York charter leader Eva Moskowitz: Colorado doesn’t spend enough on its students. “Our teachers come four to five weeks before the children come. And they go through a series of training including a very in-depth content institute… “

Education Week.
1) Departing N.Y.C. Schools Chief’s Advice for School Leaders We have made a big effort to recruit the best teachers—teachers who are well-trained in early childhood. We can’t teach a three-year-old the same way you teach a four-year-old. We have been very clear to teachers if they want to teach in these grades, they have to go back to school, generally during the summer, for retraining.
2) Most Teachers Oppose Arming Educators and Fear a School Shooting, Says NEA Poll   In addition, 82 percent of respondents said they would not carry a gun to school even if they had received firearms training and were allowed to do so. 

Hechinger Report. How one Mississippi college is trying to tackle teacher shortages The school has partnered with more than a dozen school districts around Mississippi to offer free or low-cost paths for aspiring teachers, career-changers, and assistant teachers who wish to become lead classroom teachers. 

InsideHigherEd ‘A Different Kind of University’ Cutting 13 majors — in any disciplinary area — is significant. Here is the full list of nixed majors: American studies, art (excluding graphic design), English (excluding English for teacher certification), French, geography, geoscience, German, history (excluding social science for teacher certification), music literature, philosophy…

National Review. Education Schools Must Improve The big problem with this “reform” is that it doesn’t do anything to address the weak knowledge many ed-school students have in general. They aren’t very sharp kids for the most part and don’t have to master any real academic discipline.

Network for Public Education Report. Online Learning: What Every Parent Should Know   It is important to note in the online learning context, the “teacher” may or may not be a certified teacher. Even if the “teacher” is certified, he or she may not have expertise in the subject matter in which the student needs assistance.

Noticel [San Juan, PR]. Profesor estadounidense aborda áreas grises de las “charters”   Samuel Abrams, quien dirige el National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education de la Facultad de Educación en Columbia University… Mejorar el adiestramiento a maestros y considerar incentivos para su reclutamiento [Eng: Improve the training of teachers and consider incentives for their recruitment]…

The Atlantic. DeVos Digs Herself Deeper The backdrop of the 60 Minutes segment was a White House announcement Sunday evening that it is supporting a Justice Department program that would facilitate state efforts to train teachers and other school employees to carry firearms…

Washington Post. Venture capitalist visits 200 schools in 50 states and says DeVos is wrong: ‘If choice and competition improve schools, I found no sign of it.’   We are demoralizing our teaching force, driving our best to early retirement and dissuading young adults from the profession that will shape our nation’s future.

. What’s on deck at the March Regents meeting? The board is also scheduled to vote on a new teacher certification area that is specific to computer science

NYSED. March Regents Meetings. Higher Education Committee.
1) Proposed Amendments to §52.21 and 80-5.22 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Transitional G and Pre-Professional Certificates
2) Proposed Amendments to Part 30 of the Regents Rules and §52.21 and Part 80 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to a New Certification Area and Tenure Area for Computer Science
3) Proposed Amendment to Part 80 Related to the Creation of a Transitional Certificate for Certain Health Care Professionals to Obtain a Health Education Certificate
4) Proposed Amendment to §80-5.13 to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to Allow for Greater Flexibility in Alternative Teacher Preparation Programs
5) Proposed Amendment to §80-3.4 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Mentoring Requirement for Professional Certification


New York Daily News.
City pols call for cultural sensitivity training in schools   Twenty-one City Council members have signed onto a letter calling for cultural sensitivity training for city educators in the wake of a series of racially charged incidents in public schools.

Politico New York Board of Health proposal would require preschool teachers, daycare staff to help kids brush teeth   Preschool teachers and daycare staff could soon be required to help brush children’s teeth under a new proposal from the New York City Board of Health.

Teachers College.
1) Making the Difference #TakeActionTuesday: A Civic Participation Series. March 20 5-9pm registration
2) Peace Corps Fellows Program new website launch.