Week of Oct. 1 in Teacher Ed News

| October 5, 2018

. New [UK] government funding for schools and colleges is ‘drop in the ocean’, headteachers say   New government funding for a series of initiatives to boost technical education and teacher training opportunities has been criticised by headteachers as being a mere “drop in the ocean”.

New York Times. Mexican Students Massacred by Army in 1968, by Gangs Today  …nobody has ever found the bodies of 43 students at a rural teachers’ college who were kidnapped by police and turned over to a drug gang in September 2014 

Sydney Morning Herald. New Zealand to recruit hundreds of overseas teachers   …New Zealand teachers working overseas and overseas-trained teachers willing to teach in areas and subjects under pressure were being sought.

UNESCO. 5 questions on the right to a qualified teacher   A qualified teacher is commonly defined as a teacher who has at least the minimum academic qualifications required for teaching subjects at the relevant level in a given country. However, this definition does not include the notion of trained teachers, which refers to teachers who have received at least the minimum organized pedagogical training (pre-service and in-service) required for teaching at the relevant level.


Associated Press
1) Teachers union sues student loan servicer Navient   At the center of the lawsuit, brought by nine teachers financially backed by the country’s biggest teachers union, is the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.
2) Oklahoma emergency teacher certificates surpass 2,500   The certificates allow people without a state teaching license to teach in a classroom for two years while they complete training.

1) How Indiana’s largest school district is revamping student teaching   More than 100 teachers chosen through an application process will participate in a new, organized teacher training program. As clinical prep teacher leaders, they are paid at least $1,000 per semester to take on student teachers.
2) McCormick asks Indiana lawmakers for charter school oversight and preschool support in 2019   Her agenda also includes plans to create a single school rating system, increase teacher license flexibility within the state and reciprocity between Indiana and other states, and restore the state’s emergency permits for speech language pathologists.

CPRE Knowledge Hub. The Future of Brazil’s “Common Core” [by TC Prof. D. Ready]   With limited financial resources, how will Brazil’s two million teachers be trained to implement the BNCC?

Education Week.
1) A Recording Studio for Every Student: Teaching Music Class in the Digital Era   But new music teachers often don’t have experience using digital production software, or even composing in a classroom setting, said Brian Meyers, an assistant professor in the department of music at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, who works with preservice music educators…
2) How to Teach Boys to Be Better Men [commentary]
3) In Lawsuit, Teachers Claim Loan Provider Misinformed Them on Debt Forgiveness   A 2014 report from the think tank Third Way found that only 32 percent of current and incoming teachers knew about the federal loan-forgiveness program, even though about two-thirds of teachers borrow to pay for their education.
4) See the New Federal Education Budget Signed Into Law by Donald Trump   The spending package largely ignores the push from Trump and DeVos to create new school choice programs, as well as their proposals to cut the Education Department’s overall budget.
5) There Are Many More Female STEM Teachers Now Than 20 Years Ago   STEM teachers today are also more likely to have attended a selective college, have a graduate degree, and have majored or been certified in a STEM field. 

Hechinger Report. TEACHER VOICE: ‘I was quickly overwhelmed’ — The case for mentoring new instructors

Macarthur Fellows Program, Class of 2018. Vijay Gupta, Violinist and Social Justice Advocate, faculty member of the Longy School of Music of the Bard College Masters of Arts in Teaching Program

National Center on Education and the Economy. The Early Advantage 1 Book Release  [Oct. 9 1:00 pm]  …first of two books that together will form the centerpiece of the multi-year Early Advantage international comparative study led by world-renowned early childhood researcher Sharon Lynn Kagan, with funding and support from NCEE.

NEAToday. Study Upends Conventional Wisdom About Private School Advantages   “Instead of just looking at whether a school is private or public, [parents] may want to look at the type of preparation and pedagogy the teachers have had or the type of curriculum a school offers. Are the teachers certified or not?”

New York Times.
1) Are You a Visual or an Auditory Learner? It Doesn’t Matter [Opinion]  These theories are influential enough that many states (including New York) require future teachers to know them and to know how they might be used in the classroom. But there’s no good scientific evidence that learning styles actually exist.
2) Wasted Ballots? A Lesson Exploring Why More Young People Don’t Vote, and What Students Can Do About It

U.S. Department of Education. Teacher Shortage Areas Data for years 1990-1991 through the 2017-2018 school years is [sic] available…


New 10.
NY facing teacher shortage   The state’s council of superintendents and the teacher’s union have been teaming up to figure out new ways to motivate future teachers. There are programs such as grow your own, which encourages students in high school to return to their hometown to be a teacher.

New York State Education Department.
1) Office of Higher Education September Newsletter
a) Professional Learning and CTLE for Teachers Who Work with Teacher Candidate
b) Initial Certification for Individuals Who Have At Least Two Years of Postsecondary Teaching Experience.

2) Open Public Comment Period
a) Proposed amendment to regulations related to initial certificate requirements for individuals who have a graduate degree & 2 years of post-secondary teaching experience in the area of the certificate sought.
b) Proposed amendments to educator preparation program requirements to permit the establishment of innovative principal preparation pilot programs


Six unintended consequences that could result from the District 15 middle school admissions plan   “It’s a bit of a myth that any school has any one type of student,” said Lenore DiLeo Berner, the principal of M.S. 51… teachers “have been trained to teach all kinds of students, all kinds of learners.”