Week of March 5 in Teacher Ed News

| March 9, 2018

Education International
. Iraq: Commitments to education improvements given to Kurdistan Teachers Union in social dialogue  Other issues tackled included teachers’ scientific and educational standards as well as the importance of continuous training courses for teachers.

South China Morning Post. This remote Chinese school has just three students. But with live streaming technology, they share a classroom with hundreds   “In [Gansu] we don’t lack teachers, what we lack are resources and teachers who are skilled in specific subjects, like art or music,” Shao said.

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

Education Week. Despite Equal Interest in STEM, Girls Trail Boys in Readiness   ACT suggests that the government create and fund a federally matched loan-forgiveness program to prepare more STEM teachers by the end of 2022.

Hechinger Report.
1) Betsy DeVos’s school choice ideas are a reality in Sweden, where student performance has suffered  “What went wrong in Sweden went wrong here,” said Samuel Abrams, director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University who calls Michigan “a disaster.”
2) One reason students aren’t prepared for STEM careers? No physics in high school   … the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning says that it has produced an average of 26 new physics teachers per year since 2010 using its alternative credentialing method.

1) A University-Run School District?   They point to the university’s roots as a teachers’ college and connections Ball State already has with Muncie schools, arguing the new arrangement would allow them to do more to help students.
2) Confusion Over Distance Education Rules   Additionally, institutions must provide specific information to students who are pursuing professions that require state licensure, which is common for nurses, teachers and counselors, among others. Institutions will be required to inform students if they are taking a program that will not qualify them to practice their chosen profession where they live.
3) Lacking Citation?  Dynarski, an expert on student financial aid policy, wrote in the tweets that in May 2006 she and her co-author, Judith Scott-Clayton (now a prominent scholar at Columbia University’s Teachers College), released a paper…

NYTimes. The West Virginia Teacher Strike Was Just the Start   Instead of raising pay to attract qualified applicants, West Virginia officials want to reduce certification standards.

NYPost. State Democrats want to ban armed teachers from schools

NYSED Regents. March meeting agenda

NYSATE/NYACTE. Influencing Teacher and Leader Policy and Practice Through Advocacy [Proposals for Fall Conf. Now Open]

7 things to know about Richard Carranza, New York City’s new schools chief   He taught bilingual education before becoming a principal and then moving into district administration… In the districts where he has worked, he has worked to expand bilingual classes and widen the pipeline of bilingual teachers.

NYDailyNews. Houston superintendent Richard Carranza will be NYC’s next schools chancellor after first pick backs out of job  Like Fariña, Carranza is a lifelong educator who studied social sciences in college and learned to speak English at school.

NYTimes. Next to Lead New York’s Schools: An Educator With a Song on His Lips  …he became a social studies teacher at his former high school in Tucson…

Politico New York. New York City’s next chancellor will be Houston schools chief Richard Carranza  But he has not adopted the kind of stridently anti-reform posture that de Blasio’s critics see in the mayor: He pushed for Teach for America teachers to fill vacancies in San Francisco’s schools before he was overruled by his board.