Week of March 18 in Teacher Ed News

| March 22, 2019

Columbia University Teachers CollegeCivic Education in the US and France Conference: Confronting Hatred and Threats to Democracy 28, March.   This conference will bring together educators from France and the U.S. to discuss how to improve civic education and better prepare our youth to be tolerant and engaged citizens, capable of safeguarding our democratic institutions against the dangers of hatred and racism. 

News GhanaUNESCO, China to further enhance teachers’ capacity in Africa   The UNESCO-CFIT project on “Enhancing Teacher Education for Bridging the Education Quality Gap in Africa” was launched in 2012 with funding from the Chinese government. The project has so far benefited 10 African countries including Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

UNESCOThe intersections between education, migration and displacement are not gender-neutral   In Dadaab, Kenya, the Borderless High Education for Refugees project trained 400 teachers through onsite and online courses at all levels and women were included through special affirmative action initiatives. 

World Education BlogGeorge teaches in a double-shift school in a refugee camp in Kenya to increase access to education  Only 8% of primary teachers had national certification, and 6 out of 10 refugee teachers were untrained. 


AACTEBoard of Directors Elects New Leaders

American Institutes for Research. New Collaborations New, Approaches: Research for Improvement in Teacher Preparation

Education Week.
1) Bilingual Teachers Are in Short Supply. How Can Schools Cultivate Their Own?   Now, a Washington-based think tank has released a guide to help school districts and states that want to identify, develop, and hire bilingual educators in their own communities.
2) Dear White Teachers: You Can’t Love Your Black Students If You Don’t Know Them [OpEd]  Now my job is teaching future educators about what it takes to teach beautiful Black children. No matter where I go, when I ask future teachers why they want to teach–especially White women, who make up the vast majority of all teachers—their first or second answer is always: “I love children,” followed by, without taking a breath, “I love all children.” The word “all” is meant to signal, “I am not racist; I am fit to be in the classroom with children of color.”
3) Taking the Guesswork Out of Teacher Hiring  The central human resources office scores applicants based on recommendations and the experience and skills on their resumes. Then, principals look at the candidates who have met a particular cutoff score and do another round of evaluations before bringing prospective teachers in for interviews.
4) Who Should Improve the School Improvement Industry?  [by TC Prof. T. Hatch]  Our recent research brief and report documented more than 100 programs that work directly with students or teachers to improve reading outcomes in New York City public elementary schools.
5) Why Teacher-Student Relationships Matter: New findings shed light on best approaches   The study also found in an analysis of two of these programs that teachers trained in the instrumental focus were more likely to go on to teach in low-income, high-minority schools, while those trained in reciprocal relationships ended up in schools with more high-income and white students.

ChalkbeatNew teachers often get the students who are furthest behind — and that’s a problem for both   Improving teacher preparation could help, too. Research has found that pairing student teachers with effective mentors can boost novice teachers’ skills.

Inside Higher Ed.
1) Cornell, Harvard Drop GRE for English Ph.D.
2) White House Looks to Curb Student Lending  The proposed lending caps reflect a similar proposal in the PROSPER Act, a 2017 House Republican plan to overhaul the HEA. PROSPER called for annual limits of $28,500 for graduate students…

KGNSTAMIU shaping tomorrow’s teachers    The program is called “We Teach Texas” and it’s a statewide campaign through the Texas A&M University system. The program focuses on encouraging students to consider careers in education.

Lowell Sun [MA]. Diversity in teaching workforce a “big deal” for state   …Lawrence managed to triple its number of Latino teachers, in part by looking within the school system… He said school officials looked to their paraprofessionals, many of whom were moms with kids in the district, and “got them trained up” to be teachers by providing test-taking support and financial help for needed coursework. Lawrence officials also reached out to graduates …and offered incentives like paying for master’s degrees or connecting them with a housing program to make homeownership affordable. 

NEAToday5 Key Trends in the Teacher Workforce  “Too often, researchers, school leaders, and policymakers are still operating under false assumptions about who goes into teaching and how teaching careers unfold,” Ingersoll said. “If we want to improve student performance, we must understand this new reality.”

NYTimesYes, You Can Play With Your Clothes: Fidget spinners are so 2017; in 2019, fidget fashion is on the rise   “My fidget jewelry helps with my own A.D.H.D. and anxiety, and people who compliment it are always surprised to hear it was designed to serve a purpose,” said Ms. Connell, 31, who has a master’s degree in disability studies from Columbia University Teachers College and lives in Denver. “Then they want to buy one for themselves, because who isn’t anxious these days? Society is moving toward understanding that fidgets can inspire concentration, focus and brainstorming — but you can’t pull out a fidget spinner in a board meeting.”

Post Register [Idaho Falls]. Many area teachers work multiple jobs to maintain, survive   “Most early career educators have to do something in order to supplement their (lives) and maintain and survive,” Overall said. “They’re students that are leaving with $80,000 in student debt, and that’s from Idaho universities, and they have to make ends meet with thirty-six, thirty-seven thousand dollars a year.”

Rapid City Journal.  Augustana University revives special ed master’s program   A university in Sioux Falls is reviving a teaching program after a 20-year hold to help put a dent in the nationwide special education teaching shortage. Augustana University will be launching an online-only master’s of arts and special education program this fall, in hopes of giving more teachers access to proper certifications, said Laurie Daily, chairwoman of the university’s education department.

The Herald BulletinChris DeHart says he’s ‘an ordinary teacher in an extraordinary place’: Juvenile correctional educator will be teacher-in-residence at IU   His expert teaching has earned DeHart Indiana University’s Martha Lea and Bill Armstrong Teacher Educator Award. He will serve starting with a two-day retreat this summer as a teacher-in-residence at IU where he will help prepare future teachers for the classroom.

Washington PostWhy are teachers protesting in ‘blue’ cities?: Deep-pocketed national donors are changing local school politics.   …these donors have been, and continue to be, highly active national campaign contributors. Many serve on the boards of education nonprofits such as KIPP and Teach for America. [co-authored by TC Prof. J. Henig]

WPRIEverything you should know about Rhode Island’s next education commissioner   [Infante-Green] graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo before earning master’s degrees in both education and school administration and supervision from Mercy College. Her career path has taken her from teaching in the South Bronx with Teach for America …has also held various leadership posts overseeing English language learner (ELL) programs in the New York City Department of Education and the NYSED.


NYS Legislature: Assembly Bill NY A06450Senate Bill NY S04342Relates to requiring the commissioner of education to establish and enforce rules and regulations to incorporate the structured multisensory approach into the already required literacy curriculum for all teachers.  The commissioner shall establish and enforce rules and regulations requiring every institution of higher education that offers a graduate or undergraduate degree or certification program in education or educational administration located within the state to incorporate evidence-based, effective methods of teaching reading, which shall include instruction in direct and explicit structured multisensory approaches, also known as structured literacy, within the current required literacy curriculum.

Professional Standards and Practices Board for TeachingMarch Meetings Agenda

The Classroom AcademyThe Classroom Academy is a 2 year residency program for graduate level students. Residents receive a $22,000 per year living stipend as they work alongside matched, lead expert teachers.



Center For Innovation In Teacher Education And Development (CITED). Teaching Teachers: Changing Paths and Enduring Debates March 26th. Russell Hall, Teachers College

Hechinger Report.When personalized learning also boosts special education students: A Brooklyn school’s commitment to personalized learning draws double the portion of special ed students as its local district  Thanks to a teacher residency and a fellowship program, it has enough instructors to have every class be co-taught. These programs have the added benefit of creating a pipeline of certified teachers who get trained in Brooklyn Lab’s philosophy.