Week of Oct. 9 in Teacher Ed News

| October 13, 2017

Education International. International Day of the Girl Child  As education unions, it is part of our core mission and mandate to ensure gender perspectives are integrated at every level: within teachers initial training and continuous development programmes, as well as in the curricula and in all education-related policies.

The Hill. [Darling-Hammond, Tucker OpEd] If you want a world-class education system, then empower our teachers  First, the recruitment of prospective teachers must be intentional and systematic. Leaders in high-performing systems recruit academically capable students into teacher education who also possess a passion for teaching and an ability to connect with young people.

Times Higher Education. Video: what does good university teaching look like? Top UK university lecturers give us their top teaching tips

1) Deadline Extended! Apply by Oct. 20 for AACTE Awards
2) edTPA Conference Registration Deadline Extended to Oct. 20
3) New Task Force to Study Clinical Preparation of Special Education Teachers

1) Meet first Tennesseans in a new education leadership program for people of color  About 14 percent of new teachers in Tennessee training programs identify as non-white, compared to 36 percent of the state’s student population.
2) Read these 4 great education stories by new ‘Genius’ grant winner Nikole Hannah-Jones  2014: “Segregation Now” As a school’s black population increases, the odds that any given teacher there will have significant experience, full licensure, or a master’s degree all decline.

Education Week.
1) Growing Number of States Embrace Career Education  Virginia now allows school boards to waive some licensure requirements for the teachers they want to hire for career and technical education classes.
2) Helping Preschool Teachers Shake Off Fear of Science Education  Teacher training programs and professional development for teachers who are already in the field could benefit from an infusion of science education…
3) Should Teachers Make as Much as Lawmakers? Calif. Voters Could Decide  …”unlike legislators, being a teacher requires a college education, an advanced degree, and ongoing professional training,” he said “and, unlike legislators, teachers often work in dangerous, challenging, and substandard conditions in schools that can be poorly maintained and woefully underfunded.”
4) Yet Another Group Sets Out to Accredit Teacher-Prep Programs  …the emergence of a new accreditation group, the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation, or AAQEP, seeking to give teacher-preparation programs its stamp of approval.

Congress.GOV. H.R.899 – To terminate the Department of Education. Two Republican Reps. [R. Norman (SC), T. Rokita (IN)] sponsored bill 9/26/2017.

Inside Higher Ed.
1) Innovative Teachers for Tomorrow’s Careers  Our nation needs strong teachers in every math and science classroom, writes E. Gordon Gee, but too few STEM experts choose to apply their talents to this important career path.
2) Leadership Matters for Transfer Success  …researchers from the …Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College visited six high-performing transfer partnerships — including six two-year and eight four-year schools — to understand how higher education can better serve undergraduate transfer students.
3) Teaching Teachers to Teach Online  Colleges use a variety of strategies to train subject-matter experts in effective online instruction. One surprise: in-person training is huge.

The New & Observer. Many rural NC counties don’t have enough teachers. Can pay bonuses help change that?  A new program is offering education majors at N.C. State University a big bonus if they commit after graduation to working in some rural school districts that struggle to attract enough teachers.

Washington Post. Why the school ‘accountability movement’ based on standardized tests is nothing more than ‘a charade’  The movement led to classrooms dominated by test prep and a severe narrowing of the curriculum to a primary focus on subjects being tested…

Adirondack Daily Enterprise. Teacher testing revised  “The edTPA is still under development; that’s part of the problem,” said Jamie Dangler, co-chair of the edTPA task force and vice president for academics for United University Professions, the state’s main union for college faculty.

1) New York unions sue, accusing charter schools of lowering standards for teachers
2) SUNY faces legal threat against proposal to let charter schools certify their teachers Critics of a controversial proposal to allow certain charter schools to certify their own teachers threatened legal action on Tuesday if officials vote to approve the plan at their meeting Wednesday morning.
3) SUNY revises controversial proposal to let some New York charter schools certify their own teachers  In the revised proposal, prospective teachers will be required to sit for 160 hours of classroom instruction, which amounts to about a month of full-time work. However, the time required for teaching practice will drop from 100 to 40 hours…SUNY’s plan does require aspiring teachers to be enrolled in a college’s teacher education program.
4) The votes are in: Some New York charter schools can now certify their own teachers  In charter schools overseen by SUNY that apply to train their own teachers, prospective teachers now will only have to sit for the equivalent of a month of classroom instruction and practice teaching for 40 hours before becoming certified.

Education Week. Committee OKs alternative requirements for charter teachers  Opponents include Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa, New York State United Teachers and United University Professions. 

New York Daily News. Teachers unions sue over charter school’s move to certify own educators  “They should stick to organizing and leave the legal analysis to us lawyers,” said Belluck, an attorney who serves on the SUNY charter committee as an unpaid volunteer.

NYSED Regents. October 16-17 meeting agenda

New York State United Teachers. Amended charter certification requirements still unacceptable

1) Some Charter Schools Can Certify Their Own Teachers, Board Says  In 2016, in exchange for granting Mayor Bill de Blasio an extension of mayoral control over schools, the Republicans in the State Senate, to whom Ms. Moskowitz has close ties, inserted broad language in the legislation giving SUNY the power to promulgate regulations for the schools it oversees.
2) Unions Sue to Block ‘Watered Down’ Rules for Charter Teacher Training

Politico. Merryl Tisch is back, will have say in how charter schools certify teachers  “As chancellor, Merryl Tisch presided over the Common Core debacle; the arrival of Pearson testing and [former state education commissioner] John King Jr., and the troubled edTPA teacher certification process,” NYSUT spokesman Carl Korn said, referring to several other controversies during her tenure. “As she moves to the SUNY Charter Schools Committee, we ask, ‘What can go wrong?’”

SUNY Charter Schools Institute. Regulations of the SUNY Board of Trustees’ Charter Schools Committee  [updated proposal]

Times Union. SUNY OKs charter teacher certification plan  The SUNY charter schools committee, voting in New York City, approved the plan by a vote of 4-1 on Wednesday, with the stated goal of making it easier to become a teacher at New York charter schools in light of a national and statewide teacher shortage.

United University Professions. SUNY’s charter school teacher training plan skirts standards, accountability

Wall Street Journal. New York Charter Schools Win Plan to Certify Teachers  Former Chancellor Merryl Tisch, a charter supporter appointed to the SUNY board of trustees last summer by the governor, joined the charter committee last month, just in time to vote yes.

New York Post. Protesters demand ‘accurate’ Columbus school curriculum­  Bed-Stuy parent Felicia Alexander… “These teachers view our students as menacing, as dangerous, as threatening. They view our kids as less likely to succeed.” Alexander said instructors need to be trained to “understand the backgrounds and the diverse cultures of our kids” in order to effectively teach them.