Week of March 27 in Teacher Ed News

| March 31, 2017

7th International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP) in Scotland. March 30-31, 2017 [US Secretary of Ed. declined invitation]

Education International. To Africa And Back: Low-Fee For-Profit Schools In England The school’s website proclaims ‘we believe teachers are born, not made’, which is often used as code to indicate that teacher education is unnecessary and that professional credentials are not required. 

IEN. The potential, promise and pitfalls of blended learning in Indiaa number of digital initiatives are underway aimed at improving education in areas that lack sufficient trained and experienced teachers. 

NEA Today. Despite Inclusive Policies, Refugee Children Face Major Obstacles to Education Many times teachers are not prepared for refugee needs and lack training, as well as teaching and learning materials.

NYTimes. Why Kids Shouldn’t Sit Still in Class

Wall Street Journal. Teachers Unions Support Good Schools for Africans [OpEd by R. Weingarten] In Kenya the “low-cost” Bridge model relies on poor families…. Students are fed a cookie-cutter curriculum in run-down buildings where more than 70% of teachers are unqualified.

1) 2018 AACTE Annual Meeting Submission Site Now Open March 1-3, 2018; Baltimore, MD
2) Darling-Hammond: Time to Keep Our Hand on the Plow (Hold On!)
3) Harper: Prepare All Teachers to Discuss Race, Champion Equity
4) Teacher Prep Regulations Officially Rescinded Title II data reporting and the state report cards are still required by law… through the Higher Education Act. It is important that you engage with your PK-12 colleagues and your state …given that Title II of ESSA is filled with opportunities for educator preparation.

AERA. Amy Stuart Wells Voted AERA President-Elect

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. CAEP Answers Your Questions on Recognition Status, Moving Toward Uniform Accreditation Process

1) Study: A Teacher’s Encouragement Gives Students a Lasting Boost
2) Teachers Skeptical About ESSA, Want More Voice in Policy Development Teachers ranked mentorship programs for new teachers as the most important way federal money for teacher-training could be used under ESSA.
3) Trump Signs Bill Scrapping Teacher-Prep Rules
4) What Would Trump’s Proposed Cut to Teacher Funding Mean for Schools? mentoring and induction programs for principals and teacher-leaders and revising certification and preparation programs. 

Hope Street Group. The Future of Teacher Prep: A Conversation with Educators and Other Experts [April 11, Washington, DC]

National Council of Teachers of English. Resolution Opposing High-Stakes Teacher Candidate Performance Assessments High-stakes teacher candidate performance assessments do not meet NCTE’s characteristics of a fair, effective, and successful system of teacher evaluation

1) Student Loan Forgiveness Program Approval Letters May Be Invalid, Education Dept. Says
2) Trump Signs Legislation Rolling Back Obama-Era Regulations Two of the regulations nullified Monday had to do with school performance and teacher preparation programs.

Shelby Star [NC]. Schooling future educators

Truth in American Education. How Dumb Do We Want Prospective Teachers To Be?

US News & World Report. Graduate Teacher Residency Programs Help Educators Make the Grade

USAToday. Mr. Trump, Don’t boost our budgets while cutting education: Charter school CEOs  AmeriCorps, and other teacher recruitment, training and preparation programs, should be invested in, not abandoned.

Washington Post.
1) The irony in Ivanka Trump’s and Betsy DeVos’s push for STEM education   There was also no mention of the 13.5 percent in cuts Trump has proposed to the Education Department, which include the reduction or elimination of grants for teacher training…
2) Trump budget cuts could hit research universities hard, Moody’s warns

Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities (CICU). 45,000 Jobs, $224 Million in Tax Revenues Could Be Lost If “Free” Tuition Plan Goes Forward, Says New Report The analysis concluded that there would be significant enrollment reductions at private, not-for-profit colleges and universities with accompanying negative economic effects. 

Chalkbeat. ‘We need an opposite narrative’: Chancellor Betty Rosa on her year of trying to reshape New York’s education debate   at the last Board of Regents meeting, she defended the decision to drop one of four teacher certification requirements, an academic literacy skills test.

NYS Register; Rule Making Activities [March 29].
1) Eliminate Academic Literacy Skills Test for Teacher Certification, Remove Unnecessary References to Liberal Arts and Science (EP)
2) Multiple Measures Process for the edTPA (P)

New York Post.
1) New York’s lunatic way of running education This month, notably, they actually scrapped the literacy-test requirement for teaching-job applicants.
2) The latest snake-oil fix for minority education In front of a packed room at South by Southwest this month, Emdin, a professor at Columbia Teachers College…

SUNY. Faculty Participation in Focus Group Meetings on Principal Preparation

1) As NY Lawmakers Mull Budget to Expand Charter Schools, Fears of Federal Cuts May Shift Political Alliances   But this year may be very different, said Jeffrey Henig, professor of political science and education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
2) 3 Reasons New York Was Right to Drop Its Teacher Literacy Test

Teachers College.
1) Early Career Award; Leticia Lyle | M.A. 2011, Elementary Inclusive Education Instituto Singularidades… in Brazil focused solely on Teaching and Learning, with the challenge of developing models for preparing teachers to teach in our complex world.
2) TC’s Brooks-Gunn Recommends Expansion of Federal Early Childhood Programs at House Committee Hearing To sustain Head Start’s positive effects into elementary school, coordination of curricula and teacher training between preschool and early elementary school are needed.