Week of Sept. 10 in Teacher Ed News

| September 14, 2018

Education International.
Germany: “Higher investment in teacher education is overdue”  In a joint communiqué released on 10 September, the Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW) and the Verband Bildung und Erziehung (VBE) demand higher investment in teacher training, so that it can be quantitatively and qualitatively expanded and improved.

Egypt Independent. Egypt’s Education Ministry to open 34 Japanese schools nationwide  The ministry also signed a contract with 700 teachers to work at the Japanese schools in a selection process that took three months, Shawki added. The ministry will start training the teachers on September 13.

NZHearld. Teacher shortage threatens Māori language courses   Auckland University’s director of secondary teacher education Dr Ngaire Hoben said there was a “critical shortage” of trainees preparing to teach te reo Māori.

UNESCO. World Teachers’ Day 2018 International Conference  This year’s theme, “The right to education means the right to a qualified teacher,” has been chosen to remind the global community that the right to education cannot be achieved without the right to trained and qualified teachers. [Oct. 4-5]


1) 2019 Strategic Planning Process
2) Degrees of Change: UConn Increases Diversity in Teaching Programs   Over the past two years, the percentage of students of color enrolled in the five-year integrated bachelor’s and master’s program has increased by 10 percent to 30 percent for the class entering this year. And enrollment of students of color in the teaching certificate program for college graduates is now 25 percent.

American Public Media. Hard Words: Why aren’t kids being taught to read?  Most teachers nationwide are not being taught reading science in their teacher preparation programs because many deans and faculty in colleges of education either don’t know the science or dismiss it. As a result of their intransigence, millions of kids have been set up to fail.

Daily Herald. Teacher shortage spurs non-traditional hires in Utah County  Utah’s ARL program, short for Alternative Routes to Licensure, allows individuals without an education background, especially those with a bachelor’s degree in another field, to train on the job and teach while pursuing a teaching license.

Deans for Impact. Five Colleges of Education Join Together to Address Statewide Call to Action  Leaders of five Illinois colleges of education today announced they are joining forces to create the Illinois Ed Prep Impact Network, which will address a need identified by the state’s school superintendents and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to ensure that every child has access to effective teachers.

1) Climate Change Is Not Up for Debate. Why Do So Many Teachers Act Like It Is?   Inadequate training deters teachers from presenting climate change in accordance with the scientific consensus. But so does the ideological polarization of public opinion on climate change.
2) Differentiating Instruction: It’s Not as Hard as You Think (Video)
3) For Educators Vying for State Office, Teachers’ Union Offers ‘Soup to Nuts’ Campaign Training   See Educators Run has held three trainings since 2017 and graduated about 200 educators. Any NEA member who is running for office, or considering a run, can apply for a space, and the program is free for participants.
4) How I Talk to My White Preservice Teachers About Diversity  … in this class we are going to grapple with issues that are going to make them uncomfortable. This is important because they are going to be teachers. It’s especially important because they are mostly young, white women.
5) Is What Once Made U.S. Schools Great Now Holding Them Back?  The United States had very few people with educations above the primary school level, so it had to turn to teachers who had only a little more education than their students…Because the women who filled these new positions were expected to resign as soon as they got pregnant, it made no sense to invest in the development of their skills…The teachers were treated as interchangeable parts of the machine, just like the workers on the factory floor. 

Hechinger Report.
1) Kids struggle to read when schools leave phonics out   The schools of education were complying with the letter of the law, but many faculty members didn’t really understand the science themselves. The professors needed training.
2) Teachers colleges struggle to blend technology into teacher training  But while would-be teachers are coming in comfortable with technology, this doesn’t translate into knowing how to use it to engage young minds or to tailor a lesson to meet the learning needs and styles of individual students.

1) Marygrove Launches P-20 Partnership  The Marygrove College campus in Detroit will become a “cradle-to-career” site under new plans announced Thursday, hosting pre-school through graduate-level education, including a teacher-education program designed to emulate the hospital residencies used to prepare doctors for their careers.
2) We Need to Rethink Training for Ph.D.s   Why aren’t our graduate programs teaching students how to teach… rather than preparing them for the far more rare research job?

NMPED. New Mexico Has More Exemplary and Highly Effective Teachers Than Ever Before  Teachers across the state have shared that NMTEACH helps improve their practice, their students’ academic growth, and bolsters the state’s continued efforts to improve teacher preparation and mentoring, individualize professional development, and dramatically expand teacher-leadership opportunities.

NYTimes. Does Teacher Diversity Matter for Students’ Learning?  Yet the teacher work force is becoming more female: 77 percent of teachers in public and private elementary and high schools are women, up from 71 percent three decades ago… Long term, the evidence suggests it would make a difference to train and hire more diverse teachers. 

Time Magazine. ‘I Work 3 Jobs And Donate Blood Plasma to Pay the Bills.’ This Is What It’s Like to Be a Teacher in America Nursing shortages in some parts of the U.S. have led to signing bonuses, free housing, tuition reimbursement and other perks, while teacher shortages have contributed to some states increasing class sizes, shortening school weeks and enacting emergency certification for people who aren’t trained as educators.

US News & World Report. Best Education Schools, Ranked in 2018

Ranking Students who took an assessment to become a certified, licensed teacher: 2016-2017
1 UCLA 133
2 Harvard 36
2 UW-Madison 209
4 Stanford 89
4 U. of Penn. 36
6 NYU 190
7 Teachers Coll. 248
8 Vanderbilt 90
9 U. of Wash. 182
10 Northwestern 43

US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions. Full Committee Hearing. The Every Student Succeeds Act: States Leading The Way [10:00am Oct. 25]

Washington Post. The importance of asking hard questions about what students learn in school   The research on the inequities in school curriculum is staggering. An analysis conducted by the Education Trust recently found that a significant percentage of educators are not delivering rigorous content in math — and the problem is especially acute in schools with concentrations of poverty, where families aren’t able to supplement the lack of rigor.


1) Board of Regents Sept. meetings
2) State Education Department Announces Proposed Changes to Every Student Succeeds Act Regulations
The Commissioner may also place under preliminary registration review any school… excessive use of uncertified teachers or teachers in subject areas other than those for which they possess certification.
3) State Education Department Awards $2 Million to 25 Mentor Teacher Internship Programs  These programs enable experienced teachers in a district or BOCES to provide guidance and support to beginning teachers in their first or second year of teaching.


Teachers College
. Global Education Symposium Discussing science education and the role of STEM and general and science literacy; Teaching science and technology for the 21st century. Speakers incl: TC faculty F. Mensah, J. Riccio, M. Siegel [Oct. 11-12]

Urban Educator CGCS. Palm Beach District Partners with NYU To Prepare Teachers   Because coursework and mentoring with NYU Steinhardt faculty take place online, students will be immersed in classrooms in the School District of Palm Beach County without having to be on the university’s campus.