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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.

Program to Improve Teacher Diversity Will Offer Full College Scholarships

Washington Post Grade Point Blog
October 28, 2015

Howard County schools officials announced a new effort this week to improve workforce diversity, forging a partnership with McDaniel College that will provide full scholarships to low-income students who commit to three years of employment in the Maryland school system after graduation.  Described by those involved as the first program of its kind, the initiative comes amid efforts by a number of school systems to improve the diversity of their teacher corps. Nationally, the percentage of minority students is far larger than that of minority teachers.

Thomas College Seeks to Educate ‘New Type of Teacher’ Through Center for Innovation in Education

October 21, 2015

Thomas College is setting out to be a leader in educating the next generation of teachers with the establishment of its Center for Innovation in Education, which was officially unveiled Tuesday afternoon at a news conference.  With the establishment of the new center — the first of its kind in the state’s higher education system, college officials said Tuesday — the college will refocus its education programs to include teaching proficiency-based learning standards, an emphasis on technology infusion and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) methods.

Teacher Prep Regulations Will Not Be Issued by November 1

NAICU Washington Update
October 8, 2015

Teacher preparation regulations from the Department of Education were originally expected to be published by November 1 and to go in to effect on July 1, 2016. Now the Department has indicated the regulations will not be published by the November 1 deadline and as a result, the earliest the regulations could potentially go in to effect is July 1, 2017.

How Do We Raise the Quality of Teachers?

Wall Street Journal
September 15, 2015

While many influences contribute to a student’s academic achievement— drive, family background—research suggests that the single most important factor inside the school itself for K-12 students is the quality of the teacher.

New Online Credential Program Aims to Turn Out 10,000 New Teachers in the Next Five Years

Hechinger Report
September 11, 2015

When the global teacher training and credential program TEACH-NOW launched four years ago, Emily Feistritzer wanted to prepare teachers who would be comfortable using technology in classrooms. Nearly 700 graduates later, the feedback from those who finished the nine-month program is so positive, TEACH-NOW’s leaders say, that they are planning a quick expansion. 

Teachers Aren’t Dumb

New York Times - Commentary
September 8, 2015

Daniel T. Willingham, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, writes: Most Americans think that teaching is a natural talent, not the product of training, and that smart people are the ones with the talent. So some policy makers have concluded that the way to improve schooling is to lure top-scoring graduates into teaching (as Japan does) instead of scraping the bottom of the academic barrel (as America supposedly does). Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, invoked this idea in a speech last year.  But the problem in American education is not dumb teachers. The problem is dumb teacher training.

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