Week of Nov. 26 in Teacher Ed News

| November 30, 2018

European Conference on Educational Research
Education in an Era of Risk – the Role of Educational Research for the Future
[Hamburg, 3-6 Sept.]

The Irish Times. Principals warn teacher shortage will worsen due to spike in student numbers  … currently, a teacher who trains for six years will incur significant debt and commence employment at an average age of 26, “only to be paid at a different rate for doing the same job as an existing colleague”.

World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS). CFP, 2019 Conference: Crafting Sustainable Pedagogies for Teaching and Learning [Netherlands; 3-6 Sept., deadline 8 Mar.]


. Ohio Partnership Sways Teacher Licensure Legislation   Ohio recently proved that collaboration across education stakeholders can increase communication and partnerships, as well as shape state legislation.

Brookings Institute. Beyond the midterms: Helping students overcome the impact of No Child Left Behind   While teaching facts and rules are critical, sheer memorization is no longer as important as it once was… We must teach our students how to think critically about these facts and write in a way that reflects this skill.

1) In deal with union, Newark agrees to pay raises for teachers with graduate degrees   District officials did not believe that most universities had sufficiently revamped their programs to prepare teachers for the state’s new, more rigorous “Common Core” learning standards that teachers now were expected to help students meet.
2) Is the number of teachers of color skyrocketing or stagnating? Here’s what the numbers really say   The 150 percent increase looks so large in part because there were few teachers of color to begin with. It’s also focusing on the raw numbers at a time when total number of teachers has ballooned. That means the raw increase doesn’t translate to teachers of color making up much more of the profession.

Education Week.
1) Education Is Fundamental to Citizenship–And a Constitutional Right, New Lawsuit Alleges  “We have a much more robust definition of what basic education for citizenship is” compared to other education lawsuits filed in federal court, said Michael Rebell, the lead counsel on the case and an education law professor at Teachers College…Several state-level lawsuits seeking to secure greater funding for Rhode Island schools have failed to gain traction in the state judiciary—in contrast to lawsuits in states like New Jersey, Washington, and Kansas. And the state pays for little teacher training in civics and government
2) University program training Native American educators   The University of Mary is getting more federal funding to continue an effort to boost the number of Native American teachers and administrators on and off reservations across North Dakota.
3) What Has This Congress Actually Gotten Done on Education?   The Republican-controlled House and Senate got off to a relatively brisk start in early 2017 by voting to repeal Obama administration rules governing the Every Student Succeeds Act and teacher preparation. 

Elizabeth City State University [NC]. ECSU Offers First Online Masters of Education Degree Program   The 100 percent online program will offer two concentrations, one for teacher leaders, and another for initial certification. With total tuition less than $7,000 they are some of the most affordable online graduate teaching programs in the region.

NEA Today.  What Happens When Substitute Educators Join the Union?  These substitute educators have a range of qualifications, depending on their state or district. At one end of the spectrum, in Edmonds all substitutes must be certificated, and emergency certified subs can only be used when fully certificated substitutes aren’t available.

New York Times.
1) Are Civics Lessons a Constitutional Right? These Students Are Suing for Them  “Our real hope for reinvigorating our democratic institutions comes with the young people and the next generation,” said Michael Rebell, the lead lawyer for the plaintiffs [and TC Prof.] …Rhode Island does not require schools to offer courses in government or civics, does not require standardized tests in those subjects or in history, and does not provide training for teachers in civics, the lawsuit says.
2) The Link Between August Birthdays and A.D.H.D.   One study found that the relative age of a child in a class strongly affects teachers’ assessments of whether a child demonstrates A.D.H.D. symptoms …which suggests that many diagnoses may stem from teachers’ perceptions of students that are based on a child’s age relative to peers.

The Atlantic. The Students Suing for a Constitutional Right to Education   “The Supreme Court was concerned about opening up a whole new can of worms,” says Columbia University’s Michael Rebell, the lead counsel on the case and an education-law professor at the university’s Teachers College… Meanwhile, the position of social-studies specialist in the state’s education department has remained vacant for the past six years, and the vast majority of Rhode Island’s teachers lack training in civics, according to the complaint.

The 74.
1) 40% of America’s Public Schools Don’t Have a Single Educator of Color. How the New Nonprofit BranchED Is Looking to Rethink That Minority Teacher Pipeline   Herring, who formerly served as dean of the School of Education and Human Development at Hampton University, an HBCU, grew frustrated with efforts by higher education officials across the country to lower standards for applicants to teacher preparation programs in order to attract more candidates of color.
2) A Little Finland, a Little Canada, a Lot of Moxie: Why One Indianapolis Teachers College Is Betting It Can Train More Successful Educators After a Radical Reboot   A Franciscan university founded in 1937 as a teachers college, Marian has made a big bet that it can position its graduates to do just that. While colleges of education often have notoriously low entrance requirements, Marian raised the bar for admission to its new program, which confers both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in a five-year regimen that includes a full year in a paid classroom residency.

Twin Cities Pioneer Press. After seven years of work, Minnesota has a new system for licensing teachers  State lawmakers made two big changes. They put all responsibility for license standards and decisions under one new agency — the Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board, or PELSB. The board will oversee the new four-tiered licensing system, which allows educators who lack traditional credentials to be licensed while they work to meet state standards.


Chronicle of Higher Education
. Anand R. Marri, vice president and head of outreach and education at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and a professor of social studies and education research at Columbia University’s Teachers College, will become dean of the Warner School of Graduate Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester in January.

My Brother’s Keeper. Teacher Opportunity Corps II Spotlight: SUNY Oswego This fall, Regent Young participated in a TOC II meeting at SUNY Oswego… shared stories about his own educational experiences as a young man, then talked about his career as an educator, administrator, and member of the New York State Board of Regents.

NYACTE. Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning is a peer-reviewed, fully open-access journal provided by the professional association NYACTE (New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education)—now online and open access.

1) Certification Exam Safety Net. CST Multi-Subject: Secondary Teachers (Grades 7-12), Part Two: Mathematics (242) Safety Net [updated Nov. 20 2018]
2) Proposed Amendments Relating to Professional Development Plans and Other Related Requirements for School Districts and BOCES  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: Allison.Armour-Garb@nysed.gov

Vanguard. Pipeline to Opportunity: Building a Movement to Improve Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color [by NYSED Regent Young]  …school districts throughout the state, in partnership with local communities, are implementing proposals to: •increase the participation rate of historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged individuals in teaching careers;


. The difference a year makes: building New York City’s pre-K for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds  When teachers aren’t trained to recognize what’s appropriate behavior and how to respond, students are often expelled, said Darling-Kuria, of Zero to Three. Expulsion rates in pre-K are three times higher across the country than rates in K-12.

NYTimes. Harold O. Levy, Progressive New York City Schools Chief, Dies at 65   In his first year, Mr. Levy created his signature program — New York City Teaching Fellows, a local version of Teach for America. In its first two years, it recruited some 1,500 people from other professions, many of them African-American or Hispanic, to take crash courses and teach or mentor in city schools in exchange for tuition for a master’s degree leading to teacher certification.