Week of Oct. 30 in Teacher Ed News

| November 3, 2017

The Guardian. Your child’s teacher could soon be an undergraduate on £3.50 an hour  Fifteen years ago when Teach First began, the training programme that carefully selected graduates to train on the job, the teaching unions went ballistic because children were to be taught by teachers who had degrees but had not yet completed their teacher training. Now parents in England could find their child’s teacher is a first-year undergraduate on terrifyingly low wages.

International Society for Music Education. The Music Educator and Policy: Bystander or Participant?  Literature on collaborative practice, teacher leaders, school/community-level activism, induction and teacher education are pointing out how ineffectual and disempowering traditional models of policy action have been… Places as distinct as Finland, Brazil or the United States are seeing the pendulum shift back, away from high centralisation and enforcement of draconian accountability models.

TES. Every teacher must be trained in mental health first aid, academy chain says

1) Federal Updates Webinars for October & November
2) One Size Does Not Fit All: What It Means to Serve All Learners  We cannot assume that teacher candidates are aware of this need for flexibility, nor can we expect it to resonate after one course or one quarter or semester. Instead, schools of education must infuse these concepts throughout curricular and cocurricular experiences and course content.

Center for American Progress (CAP). The Progressive Case for Charter Schools  Several high-quality networks, such as High Tech High, KIPP, and Uncommon Schools, are pioneering an effort to recruit and train alumni interested in becoming teachers. [rebuttal below from Truthout]

Chalkbeat. Hey, we heard you. You had a lot of questions about TNReady. We found answers.  The model itself is sophisticated and complex to be as fair and nuanced as possible for each teacher’s situation, and we are working with our educator preparation providers as well as district leaders to provide more training on specifically how the model calculates scores.

Deans for Impact. Building Blocks [Modeling, Practice, Feedback, Alignment; digital public. based on 18 teacher prep programs in 13 states]

edTPA/AACTE. Educative Assessment and Meaningful Support: 2016 edTPA Administrative Report The disproportionate representation of White candidates and the relative small sample sizes of other groups must be considered when making comparisons or generalizations to other samples or to the general population of teacher candidates. [p. 30]

EdWeek. Rival Teacher-Prep Accreditation Group to Emphasize ‘Multiple Approaches’  The approach would differ significantly from the process used by CAEP, which is more prescriptive and requires programs to collect data on teachers after they graduate and enter the field, among meeting other standards.

Equity Mathematics Education. The Attack on Equity Mathematics Education Scholars and the #IStandWithRochelle Movement, So Far

Hechinger Report. Mississippi schools use online resources, technology to expand course offerings  The Global Teaching Project, an initiative aimed at providing high-quality content to promising students, and the Mississippi Public School Consortium for Educational Access have launched a three-year pilot program to bring college-level AP courses to schools that lack certified teachers and course offerings.

Inside Higher Ed.
1) Free Community College Picks Up Steam  “The best part of free college is that it has the potential to have this big marketing impact,” said Judy Scott Clayton, an associate professor of economics and education at Columbia University’s Teachers College.
2) Green Light for Competency-Based Teacher Ed  Advocates for competency-based learning, and for new approaches to teacher education, can chalk up another victory: the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approved the Woodrow Wilson Academy of Teaching and Learning’s application to become a degree-granting graduate institution.

Inside Philanthropy. Millions In Grants Have Gone to Teacher Preparation. What’s Needed Now?

Mother Jones. Inside Silicon Valley’s Big-Money Push to Remake American Education  “Learning is such a social activity, but tech-driven classrooms are really quiet,” says Riley, who now runs Deans for Impact, a nonprofit he founded to improve teacher training. 

1) A Reporter Returns to Ohio to Discuss the Challenges of Teaching Climate Change  Ohio University in Athens has invited me to join Mr. Sutter, some of his current and former students, and professors from the science education, environmental studies and journalism schools to join a panel discussion on this sometimes-fraught topic.
2) Improving Your ‘News Diet’: A Three-Step Lesson Plan for Teenagers and Teachers

The Atlantic. The Crisis Facing America’s Preschool Teachers  Efforts to fill centers with better qualified early-childhood workers are threatening the jobs of those who can’t afford to get their college degree, and some states are turning to apprenticeships to solve both problems at once.  

Truthout. There Is No “Progressive Case” for Charter Schools  That CAP authors choose to spotlight Teach for America as an “exemplary” practitioner of teacher recruitment is laughable. While the organization has of late gotten some notoriety for recruiting higher percentages of black and Latino teachers, a national study of TFA found more than half of TFA recruits placed in low-income schools leave after two years, and by their fifth year, only 14.8 percent continue to teach in the same low-income schools they were originally assigned to. [rebuttal to CAP piece]

UW College of Ed. Doctoral student’s mission: Training the great teachers of tomorrow  After connecting with her adviser, Boeing Professor of Teacher Education Ken Zeichner, Wang started to explore various topics for her research…“The problem is that policymakers create policies that are not aligned with educational research,”…

Hechinger Report. VIDEO: Using the Black Lives Matter movement to train white teachers  In Rochester, educators are trying to close the achievement gap with anti-racist education

Politico New York. A charter school models how the city can educate autistic children  KIPP NYC has added new supports for special education students, including hiring more special education certified teachers and more training for teachers to work with students with special needs.

Teachers College.
1) CRACKING THE CODE SYMPOSIUM: Teaching STEM for Citizenship in the 21st Century  [9a-5p Nov. 18]
2) Reimagining Education, Online: Support from the Rauch Foundation  The Rauch Foundation has given Teachers College a $25,000 grant to develop curriculum for a new on-line advanced certificate program in racially inclusive education…unique connection between topics such as racial literacy, culturally relevant pedagogy, and the larger context of policy, history, race and segregation,” says Amy Stuart Wells, Professor of Sociology & Education, co-recipient with Detra Price-Dennis, Assistant Professor of Elementary & Inclusive Education, of the Rauch Foundation grant.