Week of Oct. 23 in Teacher Ed News

| October 27, 2017

ATEE. Winter Conference 2018 February 15th and 16th, University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht.

FreshEd. Decolonizing Teacher Training in Pakistan [Podcast]

Hechinger Report. On the ground in Singapore, with a sharp perspective  Shortly before I completed my teacher training 15 years ago, my vice principal gave me some advice…

1) AACTE InTouch: ‘What Makes a Good Teacher?’  These brief videos inform the public about educator preparation and ways to advocate for, get involved in, and support the education profession.
2) Diane Ravitch to Deliver Closing Keynote at #AACTE18
3) Federal Update Webinars: September 2017, October 2017 [AACTE login required]
4) UNC Greensboro Celebrates Continued Funding for Tech-Focused TQP Work  The partnership among UNCG, Guilford County Schools, and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools aims to prepare 300 teacher candidates per year with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to incorporate technology to promote academic learning for all students.

American Educational Studies Association. 2017 AESA Critic’s Choice Book Award. Teacher Performance Assessment and Accountability Reforms: The Impacts of edTPA on Teaching and Schools  The adoption of nationalized teacher performance exams has raised concerns about the influence of corporate interests in teacher education, the objectivity of nationalized teaching standards, and ultimately the overarching political and economic interests shaping the process, format, and nature of assessment itself.

Blog Talk Radio. Colleges Of Education’s Innovative Approach To Produce Special Ed Teachers  [radio interview]

1) Do State ESSA Plans Have Strong Connections to Higher Education?  In particular, states have committed to strengthen K–12 and higher education alignment through their ESSA plans in the following ways:… Supporting teacher preparation and professional development activities to expand the number and reach of effective teachers in advanced coursework.
2) Five Steps to Launching a Schoolwide Social Justice Movement
3) How Should We Reform Teacher Education?  Virtual reality classrooms should be used in teacher education programs.
4) What We’ve Learned Teaching Teacher Candidates About Equity  Future educators are frustrated that they have not been adequately prepared for discussing issues related to justice, but they are excited to begin learning about it. Without significant opportunity to explore issues of equity and justice, future educators miss opportunities for growth and development.
5) With Latest Education Investments, Gates Pivots Again  … and $1.7 million to the Relay Graduate School of Education to develop a data system for tracking the teachers it prepares.

InsideHigherEd. Expectations, Race and College Success: Study suggests high school teachers’ attitudes are not colorblind and influence who succeeds in higher education  … findings show the importance both of increasing the number of nonwhite schoolteachers and also of educating all teachers about bias and the importance of high expectations.

NYTimes. The ‘Problem Child’ Is a Child, Not a Problem  Matt’s behavior started to turn around in fifth grade, after his parents began using Collaborative Problem Solving (C.P.S.)… Now an eighth grader, Matt has adjusted well to his new school …. He wants to go to college and become a special-education teacher like the ones who have helped him. 

Southern Regional Education Board. Are Teachers Really Prepared To Teach Reading?  The National Council on Teacher Quality finds additional evidence that preservice training for reading instruction is not adequate in many teacher preparation programs.

U. S. Congress. Educator Preparation Reform Act: A bill to improve quality and accountability for educator preparation programs. Introduced in Senate as S1694 by Jack Reed (D-RI) and in the House of Representatives as HR3636 by Ruben Kihuen (D-NV)

U. S. Federal Register. Secretary’s Proposed Supplemental Priorities and Definitions for Discretionary Grant Programs [Public comment period open until Nov. 17]

The74. How Arkansas Is Teaming Up With Teachers, Facebook & Other Tech Titans to Rethink Computer Science Education  Local universities are working to help train the aspiring computer science teachers… Arkansas Tech became the first college in the state to offer a computer science education major, which blends existing computer science courses with education classes.

WashingtonPost. As DACA winds down, 20,000 educators are in limbo  Regardless of what Congress does, Rodriguez plans to apply to a master’s program that will help him earn his teaching certificate. He plans to apply to the University of the Redlands in January.

North Country Public Radio. SUNY Chancellor defends changes to charter school teacher certification standards  Dr. Kristina Johnson, who began her job as Chancellor in September, says SUNY will continue to hold the 185 charter schools that it regulates to high standards. But she does not disagree with a Board of Trustee committee’s decision to allow charter schools to develop their own certification plans for teachers.

NYSED. 2017-18 Professional Standards and Practices Board Members

Wall Street Journal. Nonprofit Aims to Inspire Teachers and Honor Their Vocation  “We want to treat teachers like professional intellectuals…”