Week of March 4 in Teacher Ed News

| March 8, 2019

Association for Teacher Education in EuropeAnnual Conference 2019 abstract submission deadline 31 March [Bath Spa University, 14-16 August]

Tes [UK]. New research to begin on boosting teacher retention: Includes study to test retention of different training routes including Teach First and Schools Direct

The National [UAE]. Finland seeks to share its education excellence with the world   A new licensing regime is being rolled out across the Emirates which require teachers to take training courses and pass tests to continue to teach in schools, while a new teacher training institute has also been recently launched. He cited the professionalism of teachers in Finland – it can take six years to train – as the single most important factor in the country’s success.

The New Indian Express. Students to address teacher shortage in Odisha schools   Around 200 volunteers, who are students of B Ed and M Ed of NOU, have come forward to teach at schools without salary under ‘Teach Mayurbhanj’, which was launched recently at the university.  


AACTE. Kentucky Chapter Collaborates with State Education Leaders to Advance Teacher Prep

Brookings Institute. The diversity gap for public school teachers is actually growing across generations  We know teachers of color enter the profession through non-traditional routes, mainly alternative certification programs. In addition, nonwhite demographic groups are more likely to graduate from college within five to six years, rather than four years, which could also have a role in delaying the entry of teachers of color into the profession. We checked the 2016 National Teacher and Principal Survey, which confirms that the average entry age among teachers of color is more than a year older (29.8) than that among white teachers (28.4).

Dallas Weekly. Third Annual Pi Day Math Festival Celebrates Importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM)  talkSTEM was founded by Dr. Koshi Dhingra. Dhingra has a doctorate in Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and has years of experience teaching at the middle and high school levels, as well as at teacher education programs. Previously, she served as a director of the Science and Engineering Education Center at the University of Texas at Dallas.

1) How Teacher Strikes Are Changing  “As the teacher-activism movement spreads, it emphasizes the ‘point that teachers’ concerns are national and not simply a product of big-city unions,’ said Jeffrey Henig, the director of the politics and education program at Teachers College, Columbia University.
2) How to Teach the Story of Human Migration Without Bias   Many such students feel especially vulnerable because of threatening immigration enforcement activities in nearby neighborhoods and the recognition that many educators feel ill-prepared to meet their needs.
3) With Bug-in-Ear Coaching, Teachers Get Feedback on the Fly   “It just makes sense,” said Mary Catherine Scheeler, who spearheaded this line of research in education starting in 2002 and is an associate professor of special education at Penn State’s College of Education. “It’s more efficient because we’re correcting behaviors on the spot. I like to say practice makes permanent. If people are practicing things incorrectly, they become part of the repertoire.”
4) Response: “What Does It Mean to Be Young, Black, and Female in America?”  Response From Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz…an associate professor of English education at Teachers College, Columbia University (TC). She is the founder of the Racial Literacy Project at TC
5) Texas Republicans Eye Cash Rewards for Districts  While such an approach is highly popular among politicians, said Kevin Dougherty, a researcher at Columbia University’s Teachers College, it has yet to produce tangible outcomes in the higher education arena, according to several studies.

ELearningInside. Columbia Teachers College Study Casts Doubt On Personalized Learning   The study, Final Impact Results from the i3 Implementation of Teach to One, was carried out by Douglas D. Ready, Catherine Conn, Shani S. Bretas, and Iris Daruwala with a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. 

Forbes. Why the nation’s K-12 accountability and assessment system doesn’t make the grade   The first study was a rigorous, federally-funded evaluation by Doug Ready at Teachers College and the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) that focused on the implementation of Teach to One: Math at five schools in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The study focused on comparing student performance on state tests each year of the program. Although it could not discern impact in the five schools that implemented the program, the study could not form any generalizable conclusions either.

Getting Smart. Reinventing Educator Preparation  A decade after the report was published, the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning hired its first faculty mentors and opened an office on the MIT campus. Ten design fellows joined the Academy in 2017 to co-construct the innovative teacher preparation program.

Hechinger Report.
1) A cheaper, quicker approach to social-emotional learning?   Programs to boost these skills have proliferated at schools. Some are sold by curriculum publishers and cost many thousands of dollars. Others are free but can still involve hundreds of hours of teacher training.
2) OPINION: From one white parent to another: Don’t pick schools because they’re selective and mostly white [by TC Prof. A. S. Wells]

Inside Higher Ed. The Mood Brightens: A Survey of Presidents “The fact that college and university presidents believe that American public does not know the truth about institutions of higher education is not surprising,” said Noah Drezner, an associate professor at Teachers College of Columbia University, who has written about public attitudes and higher ed finance.

Kansas City Star. Pre-K education versus plain old day care: Does it really matter for Kansas City?   “High quality,” according to the mayor’s plan, means at least 50 percent of the lead teachers have bachelor’s degrees in education or childhood development. Those centers follow an approved curriculum and have at least one staff member for every 10 students.

MinnPost. What training should a Minnesota teacher have? New licensure proposal ignites old debate   An attempt to tweak Minnesota’s new teacher licensure system ignited an old debate this week over how much value to place on formal teacher preparation programs over alternative routes to becoming a teacher.

NBC News. Elementary school books rarely profile subjects and authors of color, NYC study found: Though 85 percent of the city’s public school students are Latino, black and Asian, “the authors of books in commonly-used elementary school curricula are 84 percent wh   CEJ is recommending the Department of Education use curriculum and book companies whose material is reflective of student demographics in their content and authorship and to create in-house English Language Arts curriculum.

1) A Consumer’s Guide to Testing under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): What Can the Common Core and Other ESSA Assessments Tell Us?[by TC Prof. M. Chatterji]
2) Answer Sheet: A ’Staggering’ 30,000 Teachers in Oklahoma Have Left the Profession in the Past 6 Years. Here’s Why.   The report makes six stark “action” recommendations for policymakers, all of which reveal significant inadequacies in the way these issues have been addressed: *Understand the career pathways of teacher preparation program graduates (suggesting they now don’t understand this)

Time. There Is a Better Way to Teach Students with Learning Disabilities   A number of different studies have shown that when students are given the freedom to think in ways that make sense to them, learning disabilities are no longer a barrier to mathematical achievement. Yet many teachers have not been trained to teach in this way.


NYS Education Dept. Office of College and University Evaluation new website

NYSED Board of Regents
1) Agenda for March 11 & 12 Retreat
2) Statement from Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and Commissioner MaryEllen Elia on Board of Regents Appointments


New York Times. 10 Students Who Beat the Odds to Win a New York Times Scholarship   Nefertari Elshiekh, 18, worked several jobs to support her family and still became an honor student. She was so grateful for the education she received that she is determined to become an elementary schoolteacher — and to fight for fair educational policies.

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