Week of May 27 in Teacher Ed News

| May 31, 2019

Calgary Herald. New Education Act would open high schools to mature students as old as 21   Bieber said newly graduated or student teachers can be as young as 22. And Grade 10 students often date Grade 12 students, “but what happens when those Grade 12s are now 21? Things get really muddy, really fast.”

New York Times. Brexit Is Sending Students Packing, Straining Private Schools on Both Ends   …the Council of British International Schools, which plans to start training teachers in cities like Brussels… International teachers are usually hired in the spring, but until the schools are sure how many pupils are coming, they are reluctant to make job offers.

World Education News and Reviews. Education in Mexico   Teachers are trained at dedicated state-supervised teacher training colleges, the escuelas normales superiores. Teachers at all levels are required to hold a licentiatura-level qualification, which is called the Título Profesional de Educación Normal (Professional Title of Normal Education). 


Association of American Educators Foundation. AAEF LETTER ON TEACHER DIVERSITY
Dear Secretary DeVos, …We at the Association of American Educators Foundation and the seventy-five undersigned education organizations believe that this is a problem we can all work together to solve and that doing so rewards not only our students, but current and future educators as well. We believe that increasing teacher diversity elevates the teaching profession and improves the lives and outcomes of all students.

Association of Teacher Educators. Distinguished Research in Teacher Education Award. [Submission deadline July 1]

1) I was a white teacher who couldn’t talk about race. A journey through successful U.S. high schools changed my thinking.  …my first year in a new role: director of a new teacher preparation program. The class meets every Thursday for three hours. In it, teachers-in-training talk about racism — their own and that which permeates our society and our schools. I teach the course with two enormously talented colleagues, both women of color… we seek to disrupt two problematic beliefs: the belief that woke white saviors can “enlighten” their racist peers, and the belief that people of color bear sole responsibility for helping others come to terms with patterns of racial oppression.
2) What should new teachers of color know when taking the job? Veterans offer some advice.   Amid a teacher shortage, recruiting an educator in Illinois has become increasingly difficult. Chicago is pulling out all the stops with a series of videos promoting a teaching residency program that offers tuition discounts for apprenticeships in high-need schools.

EdSource. The Key to Minority Student Achievement Might Be Teacher Training Quality   Specifically, districts with low numbers of teachers with “substandard credentials”—which the report authors defined as emergency permits, waivers and intern credentials—achieved better results for all students regardless of race.

Education Week.
1) How Can We Get More Highly Effective Teachers to Serve as Mentors?   Relatively few highly effective teachers take on roles as mentors to student-teachers, researchers say. One solution? Pay them more—a lot more.
2) Joe Biden’s Education Plan: Triple Title I to Boost Teacher Pay and Student Supports   His plan calls for increasing the number of teachers of color by working with historically black colleges and universities and supporting paraprofessionals in obtaining teaching certificates, but it does not outline specific programs to support this work.
3) Most Classroom Teachers Feel Unprepared to Support Students With Disabilities   Overall, the survey respondents indicated the problems begin in teacher preparation programs, well before education students lead a classroom: Many teachers reported they were not required to take courses in working with students with disabilities or found that the courses they did take left them unprepared to work with all students. The work also details how states’ policies for educator certification have set a “low bar” for preparing general educators to teach students with disabilities.
4) Overlooked: How Teacher Training Falls Short for English-Learners and Students With IEPs Administrators must prepare new teachers, even those who had preservice training, to work with English-learners or special education students, because they “have no idea what they don’t know,” Samson said. “They are going to walk into the classroom on that first day and be shell-shocked.”
5) When the PD Plate Is Overfull: Growing requirements for trainings on non-academic issues—everything from food allergies to sexual assault—have made it hard for schools and teachers to keep up   All agreed: The state’s statutory teacher-training requirements, while well-intentioned, could be streamlined. Connecticut administrators estimated it would take 90 hours to adequately train teachers on a list of state-required topics—everything from sexual abuse awareness and food allergies to identifying safety threats and adolescent risk-taking behaviors.

Forbes. Joe Biden Struggles To Lift Heavy Education Baggage   The answer to Biden’s question is that you build the dignity and professionalization of teaching by not elevating shortcuts that diminish the profession (like Teach for America), by not implementing top-down reforms that dictate to teachers how to do their jobs, and by not pumping federal money and support into a parallel system of education premised on the notion that public schools are failing.

Inside Higher Ed. Biden Promises Fix to Public Service Loan Forgiveness   …promised in an education plan released Tuesday to “see to it” that the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is “fixed, simplified and actually helps teachers.”… And he said he would boost the number of teachers of color enrolled in teacher training programs.

La Revista Jurídica de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. Exit, Voice, And Charter Schools [by S. Abrams, TC National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education]    …in explaining the legendary excellence of the Finnish school system: outside of moving from one region or neighborhood to another, there is no exit in Finland…. This shared educational experience cannot be separated from the country’s heavy investment in high-quality teacher preparation, well-equipped schools, and generous teacher compensation.

National Education Policy Center.  Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2019 [co-author L. Huerta, TC faculty] Recommendations Arising from Section III: Policymakers should: • Define certification training and relevant teacher licensure requirements specific to teaching responsibilities in virtual schools, and require research-based professional development to promote effective online teaching models.

New York Times. How to End the Child-Care Crisis [OpEd by. S. Polakow-Suransky, Bank Street College of Education President]  Step 4 is public financing of teacher training. Unlike other professions, early care is not supported by a system of preparation and ongoing training. Early educators need a deep knowledge of child development and the chance to receive feedback and coaching as they learn.

Philadelphia Inquirer. OPINION:  Black teachers matter. How do we get more in the classroom? As Columbia professor and black educator Chris Emdin remarked, for many black students, returning to school after they leave is like returning to the scene of a crime that hurt them… What does resonate with those who hadn’t previously considered teaching is an opportunity: Become the teacher you wish you had and knew you needed.

Teaching Tolerance. What’s My Complicity? Talking White Fragility With Robin DiAngelo   I am a former professor of education. I’ve worked many years in large, teacher-training programs. I think teachers are critical, and I think, regardless of intentions, when you have an overwhelmingly white teaching force—we have a very racially homogenous teaching force—you inevitably have the reproduction and the dissemination of racism and white supremacy, just by virtue of the homogeneity.

USA Today. Solving the teacher shortage crisis: APSU and CMCSS team up on new program   … first class of aspiring professionals embarking on a free three-year residency and degree program to turn themselves into teachers, as part of a partnership between Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools and Austin Peay State University.

Washington Post. New report on virtual education: ‘It sure sounds good. As it turns out, it’s too good to be true.’   Finally, with regard to teacher quality, they note that “little progress has been made … on issues related to teacher quality in virtual contexts … [and] little attention has been given to the unique challenges related to ensuring an adequate supply of high-quality teachers in virtual schools.”


1) 2019 New York State My Brother’s Keeper Symposium [May 31, Albany]
2) Board of Regents Meeting for June 2019

NYS Senate.
1) S. 5410. Relates to the cumulative grade point average admission requirement for graduate-level teacher and educational leader programs. 5/29/2019 Advanced to Third Reading
2) S. 5985. Relates to the New York state masters-in-education teacher incentive scholarship program. 5/30/2019 Reported and Committed to Finance.

Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching. May meeting agenda


Chalkbeat. I changed careers to teach at a Bronx school for students with severe disabilities. Here’s what I wish people knew about my students — and job.   When her son was diagnosed with autism as a toddler, she saw up close the struggles he endured and decided to change careers, going back to school to become a teacher. While pursuing a master’s degree, she taught at a Catholic school in the Bronx.

City University of New York. edTPA Support for CUNY Alumni   The edTPA support course will be offered from May 29th-June 20th at Medgar Evers College (MEC) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-6PM in the Library 2037 and The CUNY Graduate Center (GC) on Tuesdays and Thursday from 4:30-6:30PM.  

Queens Daily Eagle. New children’s art nonprofit wins $10,000 from QEDC   Cavadas and Lokken met at Teachers College, Columbia University while pursuing master’s degrees, and after teaching art in New York City, realized there was a potential to expand arts education around the city.