Week of March 26 in Teacher Ed News

| March 30, 2018

. Education minister welcomes inclusion report, warns change could take timeA report on inclusive education in Nova Scotia is calling for…more professional development for classroom teachers who want to become specialists, and more training in general for those in education programs to prepare them for complex classrooms.

1) In Sweden’s Preschools, Boys Learn to Dance and Girls Learn to Yell  … the first wave of preschoolers to attend gender-neutral preschools are now 20-somethings. Elin Gerdin, 26, part of that first wave, is studying to be a teacher… she views gender as something you could put on or take off, like a raincoat.
2) These Kids Could Tutor World Leaders   Teachers …are only barely literate themselves… The World Bank found that only 0.3 percent of teachers in Mozambique have the minimum knowledge needed to teach, along with 0.1 percent of teachers in Madagascar. In Niger, it’s just plain 0 percent.

The Straits Times. Brazilian students to get ‘Singapore-style’ education thanks to teacher training deal   NIE International (NIEI) Singapore, the business consultancy arm of the National Institute of Education, has conducted its first teacher training programme in the city of Joinville, Santa Catarina State…

1) March Federal Update webinar now available [login required]
2) A Retrospective Look at edTPA Implementation: 5 Years of Policy and Practice   The views expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of AACTE.

1) Experts question Detroit district chief’s wish to create new schools for kids with special needs   But students often are moved to segregated environments because traditional schools can’t always provide adequate specialized services and teachers may not be prepared to teach those students.
2) Five possible changes coming to the Detroit district Montessori program   The district’s Montessori program has been sending teachers out of state for training to learn Montessori techniques…The district is looking for ways to create a pool of substitute teachers trained in Montessori concepts and structure…

Education Next. Unlocking the Science of How Kids Think: A new proposal for reforming teacher education

1) Arming Teachers Not a Great Idea, Says Top Republican Senator for Education   STOP School Violence Act… includes a ban on using money provided under the law to arm teachers or give them firearms training.
2) Education Research Gets a Boost in Omnibus Spending Bill
3) In Their Own Words: Teachers Share the Personal Cost of Low Pay   There are about 2,000 emergency certified teachers in Oklahoma right now… Certified educators are leaving in droves to teach in neighboring states where they can make about $15,000 more off the bat.
4) Kansas considers making schools liable for not arming staff   Rep. Blake Carpenter, a conservative Derby Republican who helped write the legislation that holds schools liable, said he is confident armed and trained teachers will save lives. 

Inside Higher Ed. When Grants Turn to Loans   More than 6 in 10 recipients of the TEACH Grant, created to attract instructors for high-need subjects in low-income schools, have seen those grants convert to loans …

NCTQ. Is NCTQ’s Teacher Prep Review actually having an impact?   While we cannot definitively assert that we caused these improvements, we think it is highly likely that the Teacher Prep Review played a substantial role in moving the ball yards–not inches–toward the goal.

NEAToday. How Independent Teacher Prep Programs Fail Our Most Vulnerable Students   Ultimately, the goal is to promote deregulation and privatization in K-12 and in teacher education so that there will be opportunities for new entrepreneur-developed programs to emerge in what would be a market economy.

NPR Ed. Dept. Of Education Fail: Teachers Lose Grants, Forced To Repay Thousands In Loans   Since 2008, the Education Department has offered these so-called TEACH grants to people studying to get a college or master’s degree. The deal is, they get to keep the grant money if they spend four years teaching a high-need subject like math or science in schools that serve low-income families.

NYTimes. When Professionals Rise Up, More Than Money Is at Stake    …many felt that the Legislature had devalued their training and certification by proposing to let people teach a subject they hadn’t studied and had no experience in.

Richmond Times-Dispatch. Preparing Teachers for School Shootings: What’s the Magic Number?  Teacher preparation programs have rarely considered these questions, but the numbers have forced this issue to the forefront.

The Washington Post. ‘This situation . . . made my first four years of teaching so much harder’: How a grant became a loan   On Wednesday, the group sued the Education Department seeking the release of records on the federal TEACH grant. Public Citizen had filed a freedom of information request with the department in 2016 for documents and reports on the program.

. Westminster district signs agreement to better serve students learning English   Among the most detailed changes in the settlement agreement are changes to how teachers are trained to work with students who speak a language other than English.

NYSED. March Higher Education Newsletter  News includes:
1) Alternative Teacher Preparation Program Flexibility The new Trans B regulation allows candidates to be initially employed part-time and ultimately teach full-time for at least one school year under the guidance of a mentor
2) Clinical Practice Work Group update
3) edTPA Safety Net (ATS-W) expires June 30, 2018 NOTE: any teacher candidates who are planning to use the current edTPA Safety Net must submit their edTPA no later than May 24, 2018
4) New Computer Science Certificate
5) Pre-Professional Teaching Assistants Enrolled in Teacher Preparation Programs
6) Recruitment for the Educating All Students-II (EAS-II) Selected Response Item Review Committees7) School Counselor Program Registration Requirements

1) Inside the ‘passion project’ Carmen Fariña can’t quit: helping New York City schools share space better   With strained resources, some co-located schools can’t provide minimum required instruction time or math, social studies and science course offerings, according to a 2014 report by the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College.
2) Read the 10-page résumé incoming schools chancellor Richard Carranza sent to Mayor Bill de Blasio. B.A. in Secondary Education-University of Arizona 1991 Major: Social Studies. Minor: Bilingual Education

New York Times. Operagoers So Young, the Met Adds Changing Tables and Stroller Parking The Met’s education team will work with researchers in infant development and early childhood music education from the Rita Gold Early Childhood Center at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Teacher College. American Educational Research Association 2018 Annual Meeting, April 13-17, NYC. 250 TC-related events; 231 TC participants