Week of Oct. 8 in Teacher Ed News

| October 12, 2018

. Time to change how we think about early education, international study finds   The project, published in September as a book called “The Early Advantage: Early Childhood Systems that Lead by Example,” takes a deep look at services for young children in Australia, England, Finland, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore. The work was led by Sharon Lynn Kagan, a professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College and Yale University.

TES [UK]. ‘We need to talk about alternative provision’  … address a problem identified by many new teachers: that they don’t get enough training or practice in effective behaviour management or special educational needs. 

The Guardian. Teacher crisis hits London as nearly half quit within five years   The PAC accused the government of spending too much on training new teachers (£555m) and not enough (36m) on retaining and developing existing ones.



Atlanta Journal Constitution. This Life: Clayton charter school an academic role model  …Artesius Miller… Teachers College at Columbia was the best place to prepare him for a career in school leadership… The academy is now able to invest in its teachers, helping them gain certification. Its arts curriculum has won praise from Richard Woods, Georgia’s school superintendent.

Bloomberg. When ‘School Choice’ Means the Opposite”   However, the solutions offered by proponents of market-based reforms include rolling back charter-school regulations, such as teacher-licensing requirements, and allowing more groups to approve new charter schools.

Chalkbeat. Three big differences on Tennessee education heading into Dean and Lee’s final debate   …Lee told Chalkbeat earlier this year. “That begins by working with our state universities and colleges of education to ensure they are driving quality training for early childhood educators, while at the same time working with local education agencies to set goals for improvement and identify best practices across the state.”

EdSource. Amidst teacher shortage new funds help districts train more bilingual teachers   As some districts in California struggle to expand their bilingual programs under a new state law, more than a dozen school districts and county offices of education have received state funding to increase the number of bilingual teachers — an effort that has been hindered by an ongoing teacher shortage.

Forbes. Ready To Retire, But Not Done? It’s Time For An Education Corps [OpEd by M. Krislov, Pace Univ. Pres.]   Colleges and universities can support the effort, by embracing nontraditional students and helping eager seniors get the training they’ll need to perform best in classrooms.

Hechinger Report. Five elements of a good preschool: How parents and educators can gauge preschool quality  What you can ask: What’s your training and how long have you been teaching?

Teaching Channel. Un-Columbus Day. Here are some tips on how to reframe how we teach Columbus Day:…

U.S. Education Dept. 2018 Teacher Quality Partnership Grants, 17 new awardees

U.S. News and World Report. Unaccompanied and Uneducated: The Billions Spent at the Border   He says most of the teachers, which Southwest Key hires itself, are either retired or recent college graduates.


Democrat and Chronicle
. Let’s get the word out: Teaching is a noble profession   About one-third of the state’s 210,000 classroom teachers are at — or approaching — retirement age.  The SUNY chancellor predicted in 2017 our state would need 180,000 new teachers in the next decade just to make up for retirements and resignations.  Yet, despite this growing demand for educators, enrollment in state college and university teacher preparation programs has fallen by nearly 50 percent since 2009. 

NYSATE/NYACTE. 2018 Fall Conference Program [Saratoga Springs, Oct. 10-12]

New York State United Teachers. Take a Look at Teaching

Rochester First. NYSUT launches campaign focused on combating teacher shortages   New York State United Teachers will focus their new campaign on adding more teachers. It’s aimed at younger students interested in the profession, helping them navigate their way to becoming an educator.


1) After fanfare, inside the Bronx classroom of New York’s Teacher of the Year   Susso followed this advice and fulfilled part of his student-teaching requirement at International Community High School in the Bronx. The principal was so impressed, she promised him a job once he got his master’s degree.
2) New York City teachers will be screened for ‘suitability’ under new union contract   Is there a way to have pre-service screening that gives us an indication that, ‘Yup, you’re suitable for this profession,’ or ‘Perhaps you should do something else,’” Carranza said at a press conference.