Week of May 20 in Teacher Ed News

| May 24, 2019

Independent [UK]. Maths and physics teachers to be offered extra cash to stop them leaving profession   Nick Gibb, minister for school standards, said: “Teaching remains a popular career, but we want to make sure that we can continue to attract and keep the brightest and best graduates, particularly in subjects where specialist knowledge and expertise are vital to the future success of the economy.

National Online Teacher Training [UK].  a new approach to teacher training

Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTE). HEA criticism of teacher training programmes  A review of teacher training programmes in Ireland has criticised the level of fees charged to students studying to become teachers, and says course changes introduced seven years ago have contributed to the current shortage of post-primary teachers.  


American Association of Colleges for Teacher EducationNew AACTE Research-to-Practice Video Series on Special Education Now Available

Atlanta Journal ConstitutionMorehouse grads already making plans to pay good fortune forward   Ross Jordan entered Morehouse with half of his tuition paid. Then Robert F. Smith announced he was paying for the rest.. The kinesiology major was bound for Teachers College, Columbia University to earn a master’s degree in physical education saddled with $50,000 in undergraduate loans… After earning his master’s degree, Jordan, 22, plans to find ways to make kinesthetic learning more acceptable in a traditional classroom setting specifically for at-risk students.

Bernie SandersA Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education   Establish a dedicated fund to create and expand teacher-training programs at HBCUs, minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and tribal colleges and universities to increase educator diversity…. Address the shortage in special education teacher recruitment, training opportunities, and pay for special education teachers.

1) Rural Colorado faces a teacher shortage. University of Colorado Denver has plans to help.   By making high-quality educator preparation programs available in rural communities and recruiting candidates from those communities, administrators hope they can make a real dent in the teacher shortage.
2) Teach for America-Memphis has a new leader for the first time in a decade. What will she do?   For the first time in nine years, Memphis’ largest alternative teacher training program will have a new leader in Nafeesha Mitchell.

Chronicle of Higher EducationWhy One Department Trains Its Graduate Students to Teach   The classics department requires graduate students to take a course that introduces them to educational research and encourages them to apply it to teaching in the discipline. The course, which Furman teaches, serves several purposes… Quite a few of its master’s students, he said, go on to teach Latin and related subjects at the high-school level.

Education WeekWhat’s Harder Than Learning? Unlearning: The biggest impediment to professional change might just be what you already know   Some teacher-preparation programs, for instance, let aspiring teachers practice classroom management and culturally responsive pedagogy with simulated students (who are either played by computer avatars or live actors). Those types of simulations can help change the behavior patterns of teachers, Dede said.

EdutopiaHow to Prepare Students to Learn by Teaching: Strategies for having older students teach younger ones, shared by a teacher at a high school career academy for future teachers.   I’m the lead teacher of a high school Academy of Education—the students in my class are learning about becoming educators themselves. These students have a unique opportunity: They get to work with the children at our on-campus preschool, so they have a chance to practice teaching without leaving the building.

Forbes8 Things Every School Must Do To Prepare For The 4th Industrial Revolution   5.    Alter educator training  American philosopher John Dewey said, “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow”… Failure needs to be embraced as an essential step to learning. Additionally, teaching will be much more personalized, which will be supported by bringing in technologies such as AI and machine learning.

Inside Higher EducationMaking Sense of Metrics   4. The problem of education’s “black box.”This was an overriding theme of the conference specifically articulated by Corbin Campbell of Teachers College Columbia University. Given that learning happens inside individuals and often manifests itself in different ways inside those individuals, it is very difficult to measure what’s happening.

Hechinger Report.
1) How cities are convincing voters to pay higher taxes for public preschool: Seattle, Cincinnati and San Antonio are just three of a growing number of cities to develop high-quality public preschool programs paid for by new local taxes.   Seattle also earned a silver medal in the American Cities report for meeting all 10 standards indicative of high-quality preschools, such as teacher education level, class size, and teacher-student ratio.
2) Lessons from Boston: “no excuses” charter schools kept boosting student test scores after expansion   That led the authors to speculate that the standardization of hiring, training and teaching practices at these “no excuses” charter schools is driving the results. Much like at fast-food restaurants, there’s a lot that each charter school network does identically at every campus… New teachers didn’t write their lessons from scratch. In Boston, experienced teachers from the parent campuses spent a lot of time mentoring teachers in the expansion schools. During the hiring process, network leaders sought new teachers who believed in the school model before they started.

Learning Policy InstitutePreparing Teachers to Support Social and Emotional Learning: A Case Study of San Jose State University and Lakewood Elementary School   This two-part study offers information on how preservice and in-service teacher training can support good teaching practices and implement SEL in schools, while providing a picture of what SEL looks like when integrated into the school day.

Market WatchMore high-school students are using this hack to get a head-start on college — but the poorest students are being left behind  In many jurisdictions, in order for a high-school teacher to qualify to teach a college course, they need not only a master’s degree, but also a significant amount of master-level course work in the specific topic they’re teaching. For schools with limited budgets to pay teachers and challenging environments …that can be a tough find. 

National Center for Education StatisticsThe Condition of EducationIn 2015–16, some 90 percent of public school teachers held a regular or standard state teaching certificate or advanced professional certificate, 4 percent held a provisional or temporary certificate, 3 percent held a probationary certificate, 1 percent held no certification, and 1 percent held a waiver/emergency certificate. 

Washington Post.
1) If you don’t know what the historic Brown v. Board ruling is but know you should, watch this 6-minute video
2) Report: The effect chronic stress has on children at school — and why policymakers should care   Education reform efforts continue to focus mostly on how higher quality teaching can overcome social and economic challenges. Yet, these efforts have failed to make a meaningful difference in the achievement gap between black and white children. In part, this continued reform focus on in-class factors is the result of a failure to understand the pathways by which social and economic disadvantage contributes to depressed academic performance …

WJOLBill Suspending Teacher Basic Skills Test Heads To Governor   A bill suspending the use of a basic skills test for Illinois teacher licensing is headed to Governor J.B. Pritzker’s desk. 


Commission on Independent College and Universities (CICU). (CICU) strongly supports expanding the masters-in-education teacher incentive scholarship program to students choosing to attend a private not-for-profit college or university (A.2404/ S.5985).  We urge you to coordinate with your campus’ government affairs office to send an email to or call Assembly and Senate Higher Education Committee members to request that they place this bill on the higher education committee agenda for a vote. 

My Brother’s KeeperChanging the Narrative  Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOC) II

New York State Education Department.Proposed Amendments to Sections 52.21 and 80-3.7 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Related to Requiring Study in Language Acquisition and Literacy Development of English Language Learners in Certain Teacher Preparation Programs and in th   The public comment notice was published in the April 24, 2019 NYS Register. Comments must be received by June 23, 2019 Send comments to: Petra Maxwell, NYS Education Department, Office of Higher Education, 89 Washington Avenue, Room 975 EBA, Albany, NY 12234, (518) 474-2238, email: petra.maxwell@nysed.gov

New York State SenateS. 5410 May 21 vote: AYE/NAY 9/0Relates to the cumulative grade point average admission requirement for graduate-level teacher and educational leader programs. 

Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching.  March meeting minutes.  April meeting minutes


1) New proposal would extend early childcare pipeline from birth to preschool for some NYC children   Stringer’s plan also builds in $25 million to pay for teacher training and education scholarships, which could help strengthen quality.
2) These 17 educators just won top honors from New York City    Through the Teacher Assistant Scholar Program, Ms. Tutelian is training the next generation of math teachers by empowering students to become teacher assistants.
3) To help more New York City teachers get comfortable teaching computer science, Cornell Tech offers a ‘safety net’   This residency model was developed by Cornell Tech to help teachers grow more comfortable delivering lessons in computer science, an increasingly in-demand subject for which, until recently, there was no formal state certification.