Week of May 6 in Teacher Ed News

| May 10, 2019

Deutsche Welle. Millions of Germans have trouble reading and writing   Literacy issues that pop up in adulthood in immigrant and impoverished communities begin in the classroom, requiring a rethink in the way teachers are trained in dealing with at-risk groups, McElvany added… “We simply don’t equip our student teachers enough to deal with the various environments and the various challenges of reality later on.”

TES. Exclusive: Could overseas training help England’s teacher recruitment crisis?   A new overseas teacher-training scheme is being touted as a way of tackling the domestic recruitment crisis by promoting the career’s potential for international travel.

World Didac Association. University of Helsinki and HY+ embark on an extensive education project in Pakistan   The main objective of the project is to offer the University of Helsinki’s expertise in the development and change of the educational culture of a teacher education college in Pakistan. 


American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.  AACTE Commends Increase of Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Funds in Draft Funding Bill    Among the programs seeing an increase in funding is the Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant program, the only federal initiative dedicated to strengthening and transforming educator preparation at institutions of higher education.

American Educational Research Association2020 Annual Meeting Call for Paper and Session Submissions. San Francisco, April 17-21 [Deadline July 10]

Atlanta Journal ConstitutionWill Georgia’s new dyslexia mandate make a difference?   Senate Bill 48, which Kemp signed Thursday, mandates dyslexia screening for every kindergartner. It also requires future teachers to learn the latest research about how to spot and help students who may have it.

Bloomberg. American Students Have Changed Their Majors: Health professions are in, education and the humanities are out. Here are some reasons for the shift.   Education degrees have been in a long decline, so to some extent what has happened is that women switched from teaching to health care.

Chalkbeat. Gov. Whitmer wants universal pre-K by the end of her four-year term. Will there be enough teachers?

Education Week.
1) Florida Governor Signs Divisive Bill Allowing for Armed Teachers   “Sworn police officers undergo extensive firearm training to respond to crisis scenarios, and we continue working on our skills and discipline throughout our careers. Teachers enter that profession to educate children, not to serve as school security,” Tony wrote in a letter to the school board.
2) History Instruction Indicted: Too Much Memorization, Too Little Meaning   But unlike some critics, who fault teacher training or weak course requirements, the report’s authors say bad curriculum is to blame. “Based on our analysis, this is not an issue of whether high school history teachers are adequately prepared or whether children today even study American history in school,” the foundation’s president, Arthur Levine, says in a statement.
3) We Need More Teachers of Color. Let’s Scrap Exams That Keep Them Out of the Classroom   A recent report estimates that each year, the exams screen out approximately 8,600 of 16,900 aspiring teachers of color. That exclusion rate is 27.5 percent higher than for white aspiring teachers. 

Hechinger Report. Twice exceptional, doubly disadvantaged? How schools struggle to serve gifted students with disabilities    Teachers need to be trained to recognize and understand children who are 2e. They need to try to remove the stigma that kids who have a disability cannot be smart.

Inside Higher Ed. Warren Zeroes In on Race   It’s notable that the Warren campaign released an analysis of what debt cancellation would mean for racial groups as well as different income brackets, said Judith Scott-Clayton, an associate professor of economics and education at Teachers College at Columbia University who has studied the racial patterns of student loan defaults.

Medium|Politics. Can Elizabeth Warren Fix Higher Education?  “What the public sees is rising tuition costs,” explains Judy Scott-Clayton, a professor of economics and education at Columbia Teachers College. “If tuition is going up every year, how can it be that institutions actually have fewer resources? The answer is that states have been systematically investing less in higher ed per student than they were 20 to 30 years ago.” This divestment has resulted in a tuition spike as schools raise their prices to recuperate some of the money lost.

National Center for Teacher Residencies. NCTR, Mississippi to Develop the Nation’s First State-Operated Teacher Residency   The National Center for Teacher Residencies has received a $649,366 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support the Mississippi Department of Education in the development of the nation’s first state-run teacher residency.

U.S. News & World Report. Illinois Lawmakers to Consider New Teacher Testing Methods   Two bills are pending in the Illinois General Assembly that would pause or permanently eliminate a basic skills test for new teachers that some officials say has contributed to a statewide shortage of educators

Washington Post.
1) California is overhauling sex education guidance for schools — and religious conservatives don’t like it   Tony Thurmond, the state’s newly elected education secretary, said teachers will have to undergo training to learn how to present the material in class.
2) Kindergarten teacher: ‘Why our youngest learners are doomed right out of the gate’ — and a road map to fix it  I would like to borrow a profoundly important document from brilliant teacher, child specialist and pre-eminent teacher trainer, Jean Feldman. I believe that when we adhere to the Kindergarten Bill of Rights…we will no longer hear that our youngsters are disinterested, hating kindergarten, acting out and “failing” because they are not yet reading.


NYSATE/NYACTE. 2019 Annual Fall Conference Saratoga Springs, October 16-18 [Proposals due May 15] 

NYSED Board of Regents. May Meetings
P-12 Education/Higher Education Joint Meeting
Classroom Academy – A Teacher Residency Program Update Presentation on the Teacher Residency Program in Queensbury, New York.

Higher Education
Proposed Amendment to Sections 52.21 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Requirements for Transitional D Programs that Lead to School District Leader Certification
Proposed Amendments to Section 80-6.1 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) for Educators in Nonpublic Schools
Proposed Amendment to Section 80-1.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Creation of Safety Nets for the Science Content Specialty Tests (CSTs)
Proposed Amendment to Section 80-5.17 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Conditional Initial Certificate Requirements

Definition of “University” in New York State

NYSED News. State Education Department Announces Recipients of 2019 Vice Chancellor Emerita Adelaide L. Sanford Scholarships   Also since 2016, NYSED awarded $9 million in Teacher Opportunity Corps II (TOC) grants to increase the participation rate of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged individuals in teaching careers. NYSED awarded grants to 16 colleges and universities…

Times Union. Schools struggle to find teachers for English language learners   The report maintains that a state requirement, which mandates that English language learners receive English as a new language instruction, has contributed to the shortage of qualified teachers. It concludes that incentives could be offered by school districts to encourage teachers to get dual-certification so they can fill this need.


Chalkbeat. I teach pre-K in NYC. My job is not babysitting. This is what I really do and why pay matters.   Entrieri seized the opportunity, completing her master’s and passing the certification exams required to continue teaching…But the process of becoming a teacher, she says, has left her with mountains of debt. And because her job doesn’t offer benefits, she is living paycheck-to-paycheck, forced to make tough choices about whether to pay back her student loans or purchase health insurance. 

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