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Universities Collaborate in Harmony

San Diego Union-Tribune
June 3, 2015

National University officials and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford have announced a collaborative of universities that will help disseminate free programs about student development and achievement to classrooms around the country.  National University President Michael Cunningham said the school will work in collaboration with Long Island University and seven other schools to implement the Sanford Harmony program for students and Sanford Inspire program for teachers.

A NEW MODEL FOR EDUCATION: Private College, Impoverished School to Share a Home

Portland Tribune (OR)
March 3, 2015

They say it’s a model that has never been tried before in education: A private college, Concordia University, partnering with an impoverished public school, Faubion School (PK-8), to build a joint state-of-the-art facility that will house both. It’s called the 3 to PhD Initiative, and it’s happening in Northeast Portland.  A new $43 million, three-story building will weave the two organizations together so tightly that the college dean and the school principal will share an office wall.

How to Ensure and Improve Teacher Quality

New York Times - Commentary
March 3, 2015

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed major changes to teacher evaluations in New York. The changes emphasize student scores on standardized tests as a way to rate a teacher’s performance. It is a trend that is popping up across the country, raising concerns among teachers, administrators and public school parents, some of whom are refusing to let their children take the exams.  If this approach is not the way to go and yet American students are still academically behind their peers in other countries, how do we ensure and improve teacher quality such that student success is a given?  Read this New York Times debae on improving teacher quality.

Baker College Teacher Preparation Program Earns National Accreditation

The Burton View (MI)
February 26, 2015

The Baker College teacher preparation program has earned national initial accreditation for five years by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This endorsement is based on principles set by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) that support the preparation of competent, caring and qualified professional educators.

Stop Blaming Teachers And Relying On Tests

Hartford, Conn., Courant - Op/Ed
February 24, 2015

Kevin Basmadjian writes: As a nation and a state, we have clearly failed to address the inequalities that disproportionally impact many urban school districts where kids are poor and segregated. Sadly, for the first time in 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students now come from low-income families. But instead of addressing this crisis, we have demonized teachers for failing to solve problems our government cannot, or will not, solve.

NAICU Submits Comments on Teacher Preparation Regulations

NAICU Washington Update
February 11, 2015

On January 30, NAICU submitted comments to the Department of Education on the proposed regulations for teacher preparation programs. NAICU’s comments reflect its concerns about federal over-reach into state and institutional responsibilities to prepare, certify, and license teachers for our nation’s K-12 schools.

Fewer Top Graduates Want to Join Teach for America

New York Times
February 5, 2015

Teach for America, the education powerhouse that has sent thousands of handpicked college graduates to teach in some of the nation’s most troubled schools, is suddenly having recruitment problems. For the second year in a row, applicants for the elite program have dropped, breaking a 15-year growth trend. Applications are down by about 10 percent from a year earlier on college campuses around the country as of the end of last month.

Kentucky Teacher Preparation Feedback reports released

Middlesboro, Ky., Daily News
January 27, 2015

New data from the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) on teacher preparation and retention for 28 Kentucky public and independent colleges and universities has been released. The data provide an initial snapshot at an aggregate level regarding the time to employment upon completion of a teacher preparation program and the retention rates of those programs.

Debunking one myth about U.S. teachers

Hechinger Report
January 26, 2015

Several new research papers suggest that U.S. teacher quality never declined as badly as an earlier report said, and by 2010 had already turned around markedly for the better. 

Teachers, colleges of education on firing line for student test scores. Wrong target. Wrong aim.

Atlanta, Ga., Journal-Constitution - Opinion Piece
January 21, 2015

Dr. Stephanie Jones writes: In the regime’s last-ditch effort to force us (parents, K-12 educators, teacher educators, students, and citizens) to quietly comply with standardized testing that has turned into U.S. 21st century child labor, as well as ruining childhood and real learning, they are pinning Colleges of Education against the wall: Make your graduates’ future students’ test scores improve, or else.

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