Week of October 16 in Teacher Ed News

| October 20, 2017

GLOBAL
EdSurge. Why the World’s Youngest Continent Got an Edtech Accelerator  Here are the eight companies in Injini’s inaugural cohort: Accelerated (Ethiopia): teacher training services that helps educators use technology effectively…

Hechinger Report. In Finland, it’s easier to become a doctor or lawyer than a teacher — Here’s why  With such selective admissions — it was harder to gain entry to the University of Helsinki’s teacher education program (6.8 percent acceptance rate) than the law program (8.3 percent acceptance rate) or the medical school (7.3 percent acceptance rate) in 2016 — and rigorous preparation, one might expect Finland to suffer teacher shortages not unlike those seen in the U.S. 

UNITED STATES
AACTE. Teaching Bullying Prevention, School Climate, and SEL: Seven Research-Informed Principles for Schools of Education  If universities and colleges could teach these principles to future teachers, administrators, and other school personnel, many students who might have become victims of bullies will never have to live through those experiences…

AMLE2017. Symposium on Middle Level Teacher Education [Nov. 7, Philadelphia]

Chalkbeat. Gates Foundation to move away from teacher evals, shifting attention to ‘networks’ of public schools  The final quarter of that $1.7 billion will go toward research into how kinds of technology could improve student learning and ways to improve math instruction and career preparation.

EdSource. Cal State receives federal grant to prepare more Latinos to become teachers  A new $8.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to the California State University will… allow for more recruitment of teacher candidates at high schools and community colleges.

Education First. Who Teaches the Teachers?  [Client: Gates Foundation]

Education Week.
1) Do Schools Need Certified Teachers? Do Children?  [OpEd] So, we wonder…is relaxing teacher certification requirements, the answer to the shortage or to the problems and challenges we have as educators?
2) High-Achieving Students Don’t Want to Be Teachers. What Can Change Their Minds?
3) Substitute teacher shortages create challenges for districts  Iowa created an alternative licensing program for substitute teachers several years ago in an effort to increase their ranks, but rural parts of the state continue to struggle with a shortage…

Teacher Education Transformation Centers. If We Want Excellent Teachers, We Need Excellent Teacher Educators [Client: Gates Foundation]

Truth for America. Should Teach For America be kicked out?  TFA tax returns over the last four years show revenues over a billion dollars…

NEW YORK STATE
Albany News 10. Lawsuit filed over NY teacher certifications  Currently, state law requires that teachers have a master’s degree, yet the committee’s plan requires neither a master’s nor a bachelor’s degree.

Education Trust-New York. One-third of all New York schools have no Latino or Black teachers, new report from Ed Trust–NY reveals  There are immediate steps that state leaders can take to improve teacher and school leader diversity and strengthen public education in New York, including: Strengthening the educator preparation pipeline for future teachers and school leaders of color

Lohud Journal News. REPORT: Westchester schools lack teacher diversity  “We need to promote the teaching profession as a viable career for our young people of color,” [Yonkers Superintendent Quezada] said. “They need to see themselves as future teachers and administrators.”

NY Daily News. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie questions rule allowing charter schools to certify teachers  “Our position is the same as it was when the legislation was passed: We believe the legislation’s intent did not allow for SUNY to adopt regulations that are inconsistent with current laws governing charter schools, including laws related to teacher certification requirements.”

NYSATE/NYACTE. 2017 Annual Conference Program, Saratoga Springs, NY Oct. 18-20

NYSED. 8 Things every educator should know about New York State’s plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act  Working with districts and higher education, the state will create tools and other resources that will increase communication between preparation programs and the districts that employ their graduates.

NYSED Regents. Board Of Regents Acts To Help Teachers Displaced By Hurricane Maria Get Temporary Certification To Work In NY

Politico New York. Charter certification rules overhauled  Dirck Roosevelt, a professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College, who is more critical of charters than Suransky, said the updated proposal was still “teacher education lite.”

Syracuse.com There’s a big teacher-student diversity gap in Syracuse schools, report finds  That program, the Syracuse Urban Teacher Program, recruits high school students to shadow teachers, take college courses two days a week in their junior year and teach portions of class by their senior year.

The Buffalo News. Diversity lags in teaching ranks in Buffalo area schools  In Niagara Falls, Laurrie said, the district has started several initiatives in recent years, including a “grow your own” program, offering scholarship dollars and partnering with Niagara County Community College to provide a teacher’s academy.