Week of Sept. 25 in Teacher Ed News

| September 29, 2017

EduInternational. EI’s Initial Reaction to the release of the Bank’s World Development Report on Education  “The use of contract teachers is presented as a rational, cost-effective choice for governments with teacher shortages. Paradoxically, such promotion of precarious work is not only counterproductive for developing the teaching profession – it directly contradicts the Bank’s recommendation that better candidates need to be attracted into the profession to improve quality in the long term.

Hechinger Report. How Australia built a better career path for teachers  The professional standards are applied to a broad range of every day practices from the start of a teacher’s career. Teacher accreditation is aligned to the standards, and they are also used in the construction of annual performance and development plans. 

GOV.UK. Initial teacher education: inspections and outcomes as at 30 June 2017

Inside Higher Ed. Tertiary Education Is Indispensable  After new regulations required all teachers to have both a university degree and a relevant professional teaching qualification, three West Bank universities worked together, with support from a renowned British teacher training institution, to radically overhaul their pre-service teacher training program

Teachers College.
1) Providing Hope Through Better Teaching [Kenya]  …the TC program has introduced three components to address the “significant gaps” in support provided to teachers:  A training regimen focused on, among other things, child protection, well-being, pedagogy, curriculum and instruction…
2) Teacher as Activist. [Sept. 28] Dr. Kevin Kumashiro and Dr. A. Lin Goodwin discussed what it means for educators to work to support students who are immigrants.

World Bank. The World Development Report 2018 (WDR 2018)—LEARNING to Realize Education’s Promise Most teacher training is ineffective, but some approaches work.

Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation [AAQEP] new accreditor website. The Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) is a quality assurance association founded in 2017 by professionals in the field of educator preparation. AAQEP is dedicated to strengthening P-20 education through excellent, innovative preparation of educators. 

Associated Press. Concord High School English teacher named Teacher of Year  Heidi Crumrine is an English teacher at Concord High School. … Heidi holds a Master of Arts degree in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University

1) How Can Teaching Be More Selective and More Diverse at the Same Time?  The crux of the panel discussion was how policymakers and teacher-preparation programs can bolster the diversity of the teaching corps, while still raising the bar on entry into the profession.
2) How ‘Intelligent’ Tutors Could Transform Teaching  …experts argue that teachers need new training not only to use intelligent systems in the classroom but also to prepare students for careers in increasingly technology-integrated fields.
3) More States Are Making It Easier to Transfer Your Teaching License  As we’ve written, the idea that there’s a national teacher shortage appears to be a myth. Shortages do certainly exist, however, in certain geographic regions and subject areas.
4) Prospective Teachers in Arizona to Get Free Tuition. But Will It Help Shortages?
5) Straight Up Conversation: Teach to One CEO Joel Rose [R. Hess blog] Academically, we’re seeing some promising data on the impact of Teach to One. A third-party evaluation conducted by Douglas Ready at Teachers College found that students made annual academic gains equivalent to a half year of additional learning compared to national averages.
6) Teachers Report Weaker Relationships with Students of Color, Immigrants  …research with white teachers who are new to the profession. “They say very strongly, we’re not trained adequately to teach a classroom with all different kinds of kids,” he said. “If we don’t train them to, they’re not going to work to right these biases.”

Hechinger Report.
1) Sending parents useful information about attendance, course progress has big effects, social scientists find  Peter Bergman, an assistant professor of economics and education at Teachers College, Columbia University … has done similar experiments texting parents information about their children’s missed assignments, class attendance and grades.
2) Three lessons from rigorous research on education technology  …whether teachers can be trained online to use the system across the country, especially in more urban settings.

Inside Higher Ed. The Bermuda Triangle of Credit Transfer  “The confluence of these studies confirms that this is a problem, and that transfer students are one of most abused [groups of] students,” said Davis Jenkins, a senior research scholar at the Community College Research Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

NYTimes. Study: Florida Private School Choice Program Sees Gains  Samuel Abrams, director of the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education at Teachers College, Columbia University … said the American education system must be improved by addressing income inequality, accessible childcare and health care and teacher pay in public schools and not by putting more students in private schools.

Lohud. Schools, communities get back to ‘Basics’ with early childhood learning  …the committee will be organizing workshops to teach parents about Basics principles, ways to practice Basics with their children, and provide worksheets to use at home.

WalletHub. 2017’s Best & Worst States for Teachers  [New York ranked #1]

Bank Street College. Two new reports on funding residencies, Sustainable Funding Project

Chalkbeat. With a new school year underway, hundreds of teaching positions remain unfilled in New York City  …schools may list the same job more than once in order to advertise the position to teachers with different certifications, officials said. For example, a posting for a computer science teacher could also appear as openings for math and science teachers.

NYTimes. De Blasio Pledged Progress for Schools. For $582 Million, Change Is Slow.  But researchers, including Aaron Pallas, chairman of the department of education policy at Columbia University’s Teachers College, who have looked at the program’s results so far say they range from mixed to disappointing.