Week of Nov. 19 in Teacher Ed News

| November 21, 2018

Australian Teacher Education Association
. 2019 Conference. Professionalism & Teacher Education: Voices from policy & practice

International Society for Technology Education. Digital equity starts with teachers-in-training   Much of the attention paid to digital equity is focused on hardware, software and bandwidth. Howard would like shift some of that attention to how teachers-in-training are prepared to use technology as a teaching tool.

The Nation. Education Is in the Crosshairs in Bolsonaro’s Brazil: The president-elect seeks to ban from the classroom political opinions, debates, and any issues that could be construed as leftist.   A bill… already moving its way through Congress, would bar teachers and university professors from expressing their political views in the classroom, ban the use of the terms “gender” and “sexual orientation,” and force the teaching of “moral and religious education” if parents request it.

UNESCO. 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report.  Migration, displacement and education: Building Bridges, Not Walls  … a shift to an inclusive education system has considerable implications. It requires a strategy that covers a large range of interventions from curricula and pedagogic approaches to textbooks and, especially, teacher preparation.


50 years in, why the fight for Mexican-American studies in schools is still in its early stages   “What needs to happen next is a focus on building infrastructure: such as more teacher training opportunities on how to incorporate MAS in their classrooms; a teacher certificate in Mexican-American Studies, and more advanced degrees in ethnic studies so students see a future in this field of work,” Saldaña said.

Daily Journal. OUR OPINION: Homegrown approach best solution on teacher shortage   …the Mississippi Department of Education, which recently announced a $4.1-million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to fund the Mississippi Teacher Residency program… The participants will be placed in the classroom of a highly skilled or National Board Certified Teacher mentor for two years. They will then be required to teach in a Mississippi public school district for three years.

Education Week. Why Education Research Isn’t Improving Education Much [R. Pianta guest blog] Systematic investment in the basic science of teaching and learning—in and out of classrooms—is foundational to getting traction on new solutions that yield better results. 

Edutopia. Gratitude: A Powerful Tool for Your Classroom

Hechinger Report.
1) Non-white teachers have increased 162 percent over the past 30 years, but they are also more likely to quit   …Richard Ingersoll, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, who has been documenting changes in the teaching labor force. “But there’s actually been a massive increase in the numbers and percentages of minority teachers in this country over the last three decades. It’s actually sort of an unheralded victory. It’s all the more remarkable because minority teachers have higher quit rates.”
2) One state uses data about job needs to help decide what colleges should teach   The data show, for instance, that the state was producing too few teaching assistants, paralegals, human resources specialists, dental assistants, lab technologists, purchasing agents, occupational therapists, optometrists, data scientists and veterinarians for the projected need — but too many web developers, civil and mechanical engineers, social workers, teachers, financial managers and physical therapists.

KCUR. Kansas To Pay Teach For America $270,000 For Recruiting Three Teachers   The Kansas Legislature agreed to pay education nonprofit Teach For America more than $500,000 this year for a pilot program to recruit 12 teachers to the state. But the national organization only recruited three teachers for the state in 2018.  

NCTQ. Late-breaking news: Cooperating teachers should be good at teaching!   For the first time, there is evidence that new teachers are measurably better in their first years of teaching if they were mentored by cooperating teachers with a record of raising student achievement.

New York Times. Eliminating All Student Debt Isn’t Progressive  A recent Brookings Institution study by Judith Scott-Clayton [TC Assoc. Prof.] found that the loan-default rate for borrowers with a bachelor’s degree was less than 8 percent. The default rate for borrowers without any degree was a miserable 40 percent.

The Atlantic. How to Almost Learn Italian.  Joey J. Lee, the director of the Games Research Lab at Columbia University [& TC Lecturer], who did a study of 50 language apps in 2016, told me that he suspects the addictiveness of tools like Duolingo has more to do with business models than with language learning.

The Conversation. For the sake of kids, embrace math   …more hours allocated to how to teach math during elementary teacher training, or assigning professional development days to improving math teaching — won’t do any harm. But we must also address how confident and comfortable, and not just minimally competent, elementary teachers need to feel about math.


.  Proposed Amendments Relating to Professional Development Plans and Other Related Requirements for School Districts and BOCES
The phrase “Professional Development” would be replaced by the phrase “Professional Learning”. PSPB has recently developed New York State Professional Learning Standards (Attachment B, pp. 48-51) to replace the 2009 Professional Development Standards.
The following new paragraph would be added to Section 80-6.3 of the state education regulations:
(5) a teacher acting as a mentor to a teacher candidate pursuant to section 52.21 of this Title may, at the discretion of the school district or BOCES, credit up to 15 hours of such time toward his/her CTLE requirement in each five-year registration period; provided, however, that if the teacher acting as a mentor to a teacher candidate accepts remuneration, including compensation, from the higher education institution for acting as a mentor pursuant to section 52.21 of this Title, he/she shall not be entitled to CTLE credit for acting as a mentor in any school year for which such remuneration was provided.
See the 
New York State Register for these proposed amendments. Data, views or arguments may be submitted by Dec. 1, 2018 to:
Allison Armour Garb, NYS Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Office of Higher Education, Albany, NY 12234, (518) 486-3633, email:

Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching (PSPB). November meeting agenda


New York Times
. A School Strike That Never Quite Ended: The struggle over who should teach in the Ocean Hill-Brownsville district of Brooklyn 50 years ago changed the trajectory of modern liberalism.   … Shanker worked hard to unionize teacher aides and to negotiate a stipend for them to go back to school, get their college degrees and become teachers themselves. Over time, more than 8,000 paraprofessionals became teachers, providing the largest single source of minority teachers in New York City.

NYU Metro Center. Culturally Responsive Education: The Archaeology of the Self [Video featuring TC Assoc. Prof. Y. Sealey-Ruiz]