Week of Nov. 12 in Teacher Ed News

| November 16, 2018

All Africa.
Liberia: Can the Pro Poor Agenda Resolve the Nation’s Education Crisis?   … 62 percent of all teachers that are assigned in public primary schools across the country do not hold a “C” certificate. The “C” certificate is the minimum qualification required for teachers in public schools in Liberia… only about a third of secondary teachers possess the minimum qualification which is a University degree or an “A” certificate.

Education International.  Mexico: A new documentary honours the work of indigenous teachers   Investing in public indigenous education requires improving poor infrastructure and facilities, as well as increasing both initial training and continued professional development opportunities for teachers.

UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report.  Accountability in Education: Meeting Our Commitments  Building on work presented in  the 2016 GEM Report, new work is reported on teacher education… “Improved teacher education is critical to ensure that the cultures of refugees, migrants and all marginalized groups are acknowledged and valued”


American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE
). Draft Strategic Plan: Ready for Review and Feedback

Center for American Progress. Understanding the True Cost of Child Care for Infants and Toddlers   The wage penalty many teachers face when working with the youngest children means infant and toddler classrooms are less likely to be staffed by teachers with bachelor’s degrees or many years of teaching experience.

1) Reading instruction is big news these days. Teachers, share your thoughts with us!   An Arkansas teacher wrote in a letter to her former dean on Facebook, “while I feel like most of my teacher preparation was very good, I can say I was totally unprepared to teach reading, especially to the struggling readers that I had at the beginning of my career in my resource classroom.”
2) Tennessee schools chief Candice McQueen leaving for job at national education nonprofit   As dean from 2008 to 2015, Lipscomb became one of the highest-rated teacher preparation programs in Tennessee and the nation.

Education Week.
1) Criticism of Teacher Prep. Prompts Strong Reaction [response to M. Tucker blog from K. Morris Provost & VP for Academic Affairs, Butler University]   I stand proud of my colleagues in our college of education. I am confident our teacher-preparation program prepares graduates to become effective teachers and mentors to our country’s future leaders.
2) Don’t Blame Admissions Standards [response to M. Tucker blog from L. President and CEO, AACTE]  Marc Tucker has helped us better understand education systems around the world. Unfortunately, in his recent opinion blog post (“Teachers Colleges: The Weakest Link,” November 1, 2018), he demonstrates less understanding of America’s teacher-preparation programs than he has about programs abroad.
3) Study: Having Just One Black Teacher Can Up Black Students’ Chances of Going to College   But recruiting more black college graduates into the teaching profession is a challenge, because it would require those professionals to take a pay cut…”We’re basically asking the black community of college graduates to give up $1 billion a year in earnings in order to solve this problem,” Papageorge said. “We’re widening the wage gap in order to fix the education gaps.”
4) The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Wants Teachers to Learn Brain Science   …Bror Saxberg, the vice president of learning science at CZI, said during a call with reporters. “But we don’t really widely reflect those results in how we educate students or even in how we train teachers.”

Inside Higher Ed. The Summer Pell Bump” More Pell Grant recipients attended community colleges last summer, survey finds, after the federal government reinstated eligibility for year-round grants.   The study’s author, Vivian Liu, a postdoctoral research associate at the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College, said she was surprised that the AACC survey didn’t find larger enrollment growth.

Learning Policy Institute. Webinar: Reaching Equity: Strategies for Solving Teacher Shortages in Underserved Communities [55 min. from Nov. 13]

Teaching Tolerance. Teaching Thanksgiving in a Socially Responsible Way: Educators have an ethical obligation to teach accurately about Thanksgiving. Here are some online resources that can help.

Washington Post. Linda Darling-Hammond vs. Diane Ravitch and Carol Burris (update)


NYSATE/NYACTE Annual Fall Conference Archive
. New York State Certification Update  edTPA MMRP, Cert. Exam Safety Nets, Teacher Shortage Areas, SWD Grade Level Extensions, Computer Science Cert. etc…

NYSED Professional Standards and Practices Board. September 2018 meeting minutes

Oswego County Today. Oswego Expertise in Teacher-Candidate Residencies Tapped For Statewide Project   The SUNY Oswego School of Education has joined three other educator-preparation schools in Bank Street College’s Prepared to Teach-New York Learning Network… recipient of a $500,000 grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York, cites evidence to support a sea change in what represents “student teaching” in the state.


Business Insider
. Students in Brooklyn protest their school’s use of a Zuckerberg-backed online curriculum designed by Facebook engineers    …parents from schools in eight states who are pushing back against Summit Learning has complained that the curriculum is a “poor education product” that has been improperly implemented, alienated students, and reduced teachers to the role of “facilitators.”

CityLimits.org. Overdue Assignment: Making NYC Schools Culturally Responsive   Specifically, the chancellor has highlighted a need for more black and Latino teachers and announced a program aimed at persuading New York City teenagers return home to teach school after college.

Heinman Blog. What We Have Learned (so far) from Teaching the Phonics Units of Study  The TCRWP phonics team has been observing and collecting data as teachers have gotten the phonics units off and going. They’ve heard ideas on how to make the work more efficient in places, how to best organize the materials, how to how to adjust certain sessions for clarity and ease of instruction. 

Teachers College. The Jaffe Peace Corps Fellows Program Autumn Newsletter