Week of Oct. 15 in Teacher Ed News

| October 19, 2018

Daily Kos
[OpEd] When the World Bank Endorses “Education Reform” We Need to Worry …in Kenya, Bridge continues to receive support from Pearson and the World Bank. Poor families and local governments pay fees to Bridge, whose “schools” employ unqualified teachers that follow the company’s scripted curriculum.

Daily Nation. Uncertainty as row on teachers entry grades rages   A number of private teachers training colleges are already admitting students with grade D as advised by Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) while public teacher’s colleges have only admitted those with grade C as they await further directive from the Ministry of Education.

Middle East Monitor. UK grants Egypt $16m to support education  According to the paper, the British fund will focus on “training teachers and supporting child education in various provinces”.

U.S. News and World Report. Fixing Mexico’s Education System  Meanwhile, the 2017 budget for teacher training was cut by nearly 40 percent.


. 100Kin10’s “Teachers at Work” Report Illustrates how to Address Work Environment for Teachers in Schools  [100Kin10 is a national network committed to … adding 100,000 more, excellent STEM teachers to America’s classrooms by 2021.]

1) Marilyn Cochran-Smith to Open AACTE Annual Meeting [Feb. 22-24, Louisville, KY]
2) Share Your Feedback on Draft Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators

1) In Colorado’s high-poverty schools, many teachers are just starting their careers   Colorado has experienced rapid population growth, increasing the demand for teachers, at the same time that experienced teachers are retiring or changing careers. That means more new teachers in Colorado classrooms, even as fewer students are entering teacher preparation programs.
2) Teachers getting better under Tennessee’s controversial evaluation system, says new analysis   Despite the upbeat assessments in the NCTQ, Brown, and FutureEd reports, the future of Tennessee’s teacher evaluation system — which is now fully integrated into other systems for teacher preparation, licensure, support, and dismissal — is uncertain due to testing headaches that call into question the evaluation’s accuracy and fairness.
3) Tennessee has a lot of early-career teachers, especially at schools with more students of color. Here’s why it matters. “We realize there are specific needs that teacher candidates need support and preparation for if they are going to be successful, particularly in urban school environments,” Hall said. “Many of our teacher graduates are of a different race, cultural background, or economic status than the students they are serving. They have to be prepared to address issues of equity and social justice if they are going to be successful in their classrooms.”

Education Week. ‘They Didn’t Have My Back’: Teachers Sue Student-Loan Servicer Navient   Student debt is an “epidemic” among educators and other public service workers, said AFT President Randi Weingarten, in a statement… “But we cannot attract the best and brightest to these careers if promises of debt relief are deliberately broken.”

Hechinger Report.
1) Students analyze rap lyrics with code in digital humanities class   … commitments from 13 universities across 10 states to create or expand teacher prep courses in computer science.
2) To boost preschool quality, Massachusetts invests in college degrees for teachers  To ensure that all children have access to preschool teachers who have deep and practical knowledge, state officials are building multiple pathways to a bachelor’s degree in early education.

Inside Higher Ed
1) A Higher Ed Report Card   Graduate teacher education is uneven in quality. Perhaps most significantly, the Ph.D system seems broken, or at least in serious jeopardy, with time to degree, graduate student teaching compensation, and over-production of graduates all of deep concern.
2) Prices Level Off — for Now

USA Today. We followed 15 of America’s teachers on a day of frustrations, pressures and hard-earned victories   “She flat out just could not make ends meet. … It’s aggravating to go to college to be a teacher, take the classes, undergo staff development and then give it all up. We’re highly trained. When one of us quits, that’s man hours, money and experience out the door.”

Washington Post. The American tradition of caging children   Here’s a look at the American tradition of caging children by Lalitha Vasudevan, a professor of technology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is also director of the Media and Social Change Lab.


NYSED Regents
: October Meetings, Higher Education Committee.
1) Appointments to the State Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching
2) Proposed Amendments Would Expand List of Eligible Certificate Titles for Certain Teachers of SWD, Extend Certain CTE Certificates to Grades 5 and 6  [60-Day Public Comment Periods Begin October 31]
3) Proposed Amendments to Sections 80-3.15 and 80-4.3 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Addition of Certificate Titles Eligible for Grade Level Extensions, Limited Extensions, and a Statement of Continued Eligibility for Cer


City Limits
. Will the City’s New Schools Contract Reduce the Unequal Impact of Teacher Turnover?   Ostensibly, alternative certification pathways help nascent teachers get certified while working, particularly those who could not afford to go without an income during teacher training. The Learning Policy Institute controlled for characteristics like age and experience, and found that alternative certification educators left the classroom (whether for another school or out of teaching altogether) at higher rates.

The 74. 12 Surprising Quotes From New York City Schools Chief Richard Carranza, From Gifted & Talented to His Union Boss Best Buddy  12. On educator preparation programs: “We’re training teachers for a generation that’s passed.”