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National U. Partners with Teach for America

San Diego Union-Tribune (CA)
June 7, 2016

The national nonprofit Teach for America has partnered with San Diego-based National University to produce the next round of teachers who will be committed to work at least two years in schools at local low-income communities.  The San Diego-based private non-profit school, which produces most of the teachers working in the county, will train 25 students in the Teach for America program each year.

A Faculty Stand on Assessment

Inside Higher Ed - Opinion Piece
June 1, 2016

Josipa Roksa & Richard Arum write: In our work, we have found that faculty members readily agree that higher education is not about efficient acquisition of surface content knowledge and the simple regurgitation of memorized facts.That does not mean that content is unimportant. Content is indeed crucial, but primarily as a building block for more complex forms of thinking. Faculty members are eager to get students to apply, analyze and evaluate from their disciplinary perspectives, to acquire a disciplinary mindset and think like a biologist or an economist.

New trouble for Teach for America: San Francisco wants out

Washington Post
May 13, 2016

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city’s school board has decided it doesn’t want any more Teach for America recruits — even though there are at least 500 teaching jobs that need to be filled by August. The board was supposed to vote on a contract to accept 15 TFA teachers for the 2016-2017 school year — in science, math, special ed and bilingual education classes — but Superintendent Richard Carranza realized he didn’t have enough support on the panel to get it approved and pulled it from the agenda.

No One Rule Fits All

Inside Higher Ed
May 3, 2016

Higher education groups say Education Department's proposed rules on teacher preparation program discriminate against distance education providers.

NAICU Submits Teacher Preparation-Distance Education Comments to Department of Education

NAICU Washington Update
April 27, 2016

On April 22, NAICU submitted comments to the Department of Education on the supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking regarding teacher preparation.

Teach for America Applications Fall Again, Diving 35 Percent in Three Years

Washington Post
April 12, 2016

Applications to Teach for America fell by 16 percent in 2016, marking the third consecutive year in which the organization — which places college graduates in some of the nation’s toughest classrooms — has seen its applicant pool shrink.

Data on Teacher Prep Grads Will Soon Lead to Consequences for Some Programs

Hechinger Report
February 9, 2016

Eleven states now tie teacher outcomes back to their preparation programs, and an increasing number of states are planning to use that data to decide whether to keep programs open, according to a new report by Bellwether Education Partners.

Utah Needs Teachers, But College Students Don’t Want to Major in Education

Salt Lake City, Utah, Tribune
February 8, 2016

Around Utah, education leaders are grappling with a lack of interest in their profession. Utah's K-12 schools are clamoring for teachers. But its colleges are struggling to churn them out.

Limit on Free Speech

Inside Higher Ed
December 30, 2015

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that the University of Hawaii was within its rights to deny permission to a candidate for teacher certification to participate in a required student teaching program based on his statements on adult-child sex and on schoolchildren with disabilities.

Obama’s Flip-Flop On Standardized Tests, Explained

October 30, 2015

Barack Obama made one of the biggest shifts of his presidency this weekend: He morphed into a harsh critic of standardized tests.  After seven years of trying to hold schools and teachers to higher standards — and testing to make sure they meet them — Obama said he's taken it too far.

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