Week of March 25 in Teacher Ed News

| March 29, 2019

ABC NewsTeaching students are being employed in the classroom rather than heading to university   Some Australian schools have started using a new tertiary training model that allows prospective teachers to skip attending a university, instead giving them “hands-on” in-classroom experience as paid employees.

Association for Teacher Education in Europe. 2019 Annual Conference: Bath Spa University UK 14-16 August. Abstract submission deadline 31 Mar.

Education InternationalIraq: Kurdistan’s education unionists take stock of obstacles to quality education system   The conference discussed several important topics, including: Teaching methods and ways to better prepare teachers professionally; Admission of students to universities, trying to balance their education wishes for university departments and colleges with their potential…

TES [UK]. Trainee teachers with more friends less likely to quit ‘Personal and professional relationships enhance resilience’, study finds

The East AfricanKenya’s Peter Tabichi crowned world’s best teacher  …a teacher at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani Village in Nakuru, a town 160km southeast of Nairobi, won the $1m prize on Sunday….the 36-year-old Egerton University graduate … Mr Tabichi, who is also a Franciscan brother, has been a teacher for 12 years.


American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
1) #AACTE19 Opening Keynote Speakers Discuss Accountability in Teacher Education   Cochran-Smith …co-authored, Reclaiming Accountability in Teacher Education, in which she and her colleagues analyze the major accountability initiatives: the Department of Education regulations, CAEP accreditation procedures, National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) teacher preparation reviews, and edTPA.
2) Deeper Dive panel examined winning strategies to address teacher shortage in diverse communities

Belleville News-DemocratTeacher licensing tests come under fire in Illinois   Scherer, however, focused much of her attention on the edTPA program, which she faulted for being too expensive for many… With an average of 5,000 prospective new Illinois teachers taking that test each year, at a cost of $300 per test, Scherer noted that equates to $1.5 million a year going to Pearson — a number she repeated with emphasis several times.

California LegislatureAssembly Bill-221 Teach for America teachers: assignment prohibition in low-income schools.  This bill would prohibit, commencing with the 2020–21 school year, Teach for America teachers from being assigned, pursuant to the Teach for America program, to teach at any California public school, including a charter school, that has at least 40% of its pupils being from low-income families…

Education Policy InstituteThe teacher shortage is real, large and growing, and worse than we thought: The first report in “The Perfect Storm in the Teacher Labor Market” series    The teacher shortage is real, large and growing, and worse than we thought. When indicators of teacher quality (certification, relevant training, experience, etc.) are taken into account, the shortage is even more acute than currently estimated… 

Education Week.
1) Are Teacher Shortages Worse Than We Thought?  Alternative-certification programs bring in more teachers of color, male teachers, and teachers who attended selective colleges than traditional prep programs do, past reports have found. But research has also found that alternatively certified teachers quit at higher rates and report feeling less prepared than their traditionally certified colleagues.
2) Mock Auctions. Pretending to Flee Captors. Do Simulations Have a Place in Lessons on Slavery?   Many say educators need more guidance on how to teach slavery. At the elementary school level, especially, teachers are often reading or math specialists, and don’t have specialized training or content knowledge in social studies, said Costello of Teaching Tolerance.
3) States’ Standards for Teachers Don’t Define Culturally Responsive Teaching, Study Argues   New America’s report, and its call for more robust standards, aligns with work by the Council of Chief State School Officers and other organizations to diversify the nation’s teaching corps. The organizations argue that developing a diverse pool of educators trained to demonstrate culturally responsive teaching is crucial. Federal data indicate that 51 percent of public K-12 students in the United States are nonwhite, but only 20 percent of teachers are.
4) Three Things to Watch for When DeVos Defends Trump’s Budget to Congress   Some higher education issues Democrats could raise, like Trump’s proposal to eliminate Public Service Loan Forgiveness, would have links to K-12 education, since teachers are eligible for the program. Others, like an executive order about free speech on college campuses that the president unveiled Thursday, as well as Trump’s push to have higher education get “skin in the game” regarding college costs, wouldn’t directly involve K-12.  

Hechinger ReportThe dark side of education research: widespread bias: Johns Hopkins study finds that insider research shows 70 percent more benefits to students than independent research

New York Times. [OpEd] Do You Speak My Language? You Should   Government spending on foreign-language education and the education of qualified foreign-language teachers needs to increase. More states need to enforce language-education requirements. Colleges need to recognize the importance of their foreign-language education programs. 

The Eagle. Texas A&M University System: Working to graduate more teachers   Texas A&M is the state’s largest producer of teachers in the high-need fields of math and science, as well as English language arts and reading. The college also ranks in the top 10 in the state for producing teachers in the areas of special education and bilingual education. In the 2017-2018 school year, we issued 929 certifications.

Pennsylvania Capital-StarWe need more teachers of color, so why do we use tests that keep them out of the classroom?   A recent report estimates that each year, the exam screens out approximately 8,600 of 16,900 aspiring teachers of color. This rate of exclusion surpasses that of white aspiring teachers by 27.5 percent. It’s not a new phenomenon, either. The trend goes back to the 1960s when states began to adopt these exams to improve the quality of teachers.

US New & World Report.
1) Lamont makes pitch for minority teacher legislation   Gov. Ned Lamont is making a pitch for legislation intended to help recruit more minority teachers for Connecticut’s classrooms… to urge support for his bill, which extends mortgage assistance and student loan forgiveness programs to graduates of historically black colleges and others.
2) Sisolak Names New York Educator as Nevada Superintendent

Washington Post.
1) A case for why both sides in the ‘reading wars’ debate are wrong — and a proposed solution   Here is our proposal: Teachers should know the rules of the English writing system when teaching children to read and write English. Children can be taught letter-sound correspondences AND the regular way that morphemes are spelled.
2) Kamala Harris: Our teacher pay gap is a national failure. Here’s how we can fix it.   The plan will also include a multibillion-dollar investment in evidence-based programs that elevate the teaching profession. Half of this funding would be dedicated to historically black colleges and universities and other minority-serving institutions, because more than 30 percent of all black teachers, and more than 40 percent of all Hispanic teachers, graduate from those schools.

WTXLFL Board of Education votes to lower fees for examinees taking state teacher certification exam  Some fees to be reduced by up to 78% 

Yakima HeraldEditorial: State should end flawed system for entry into teacher programs   …the House recently unanimously passed HB1621, sponsored by 13th District Rep. Alex Ybarra, R-Quincy, that would still require teacher-program applicants to take the test but not have the results be the sole determinant for acceptance. The bill now is being heard in the Senate, where, barring unforeseen glitches, it also is expected to easily pass and await certain signing by Inslee.


New York State Association of Teacher Educators (NYSATE). Newsletter Vol. 1 No. 1

New York State Education Department Office of Higher EducationMarch Newsletter

The SaratogianRegents member to visit local school   New York State Board of Regents member Beverly Ouderkirk will visit the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES region on Thursday…. focus attention on the Classroom Academy… the first two-year Master of Science for Teachers level residency model in the state.

Times UnionReynolds seeks re-election to Saratoga Springs school board   Dr. Heather Reynolds … earned her master’s in education at Harvard University and completed a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan is an associate professor of teacher education at the State University of New York Empire State College.


Salon. The entrenched segregation of New York City’s public high schools   Amy Stuart Wells, a professor of sociology and education at Columbia University’s Teachers College, explained…”In a post-racial era, we don’t have to say it’s about race or the color of the kids in the building… We can concentrate poverty and kids of color and then fail to provide the resources to support and sustain those schools, and then we can see a school full of black kids and then say, ‘Oh, look at their test scores.’ It’s all very tidy now, this whole system.”