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Department of Education wants the state to let it certify teachers | GothamSchools - 0 views

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    "If the Department of Education gets its way, new teachers won't have to enroll in local colleges or universities to get certification to work in city schools.

    Shael Polakow-Suransky, the department's second in command, said today that the department would ask the state for permission to certify teachers internally by using top educators to train new recruits in shortage areas. Currently, teachers must either have completed an education certification program at a college or university or be enrolled in one."
Jeff Bernstein

To Earn Classroom Certification, More Teaching and Less Testing - 0 views

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    New York and up to 25 other states are moving toward changing the way they grant licenses to teachers, de-emphasizing tests and written essays in favor of a more demanding approach that requires aspiring teachers to prove themselves through lesson plans, homework assignments and videotaped instruction sessions.
Jeff Bernstein

Ravitch: Pearson's expanding role in education - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post - 0 views

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    Ever since the debacle of Pineapplegate, it is widely recognized by everyone other than the publishing giant Pearson that its tentacles have grown too long and too aggressive. It is difficult to remember what part of American education has not been invaded by Pearson's corporate grasp. It receives billions of dollars to test millions of students. Its scores will be used to calculate the value of teachers. It has a deal with the Gates Foundation to store all the student-level data collected at the behest of Race to the Top. It recently purchased Connections Academy, thus giving it a foothold in the online charter industry. And it recently added the GED to its portfolio.

    With the U.S. Department of Education now pressing schools to test children in second grade, first grade, kindergarten - and possibly earlier - and with the same agency demanding that schools of education be evaluated by the test scores of the students of their graduates (whew!), the picture grows clear. Pearson will control every aspect of our education system.
Jeff Bernstein

New Procedure for Teaching License Draws Protest - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    The idea that a handful of college instructors and student teachers in the school of education at the University of Massachusetts could slow the corporatization of public education in America is both quaint and ridiculous.

    Sixty-seven of the 68 students studying to be teachers at the middle and high school levels at the Amherst campus are protesting a new national licensure procedure being developed by Stanford University with the education company Pearson.
Jeff Bernstein

Teachers' Support For Reform Depends In Part On Experience -- Gates/Scholastic Survey - 0 views

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    Revamping the makeup of the teaching profession through tweaks such as altering tenure and teacher evaluations has become a policy debate du jour, one that has riled many a state house in recent years. As it turns out, teachers themselves support that overhaul, according to recent survey data.

    But that support may depend on a factor central to many of these teacher reforms: experience.
Jeff Bernstein

For-Profit Certification for Teachers in Texas Is Booming - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    He is earning his teaching certificate through an online, for-profit alternative certification program, a nontraditional route to teaching that is becoming more common in Texas. Such programs, which can offer certification in three months to two years, are booming despite little more than anecdotal evidence of their success.
Jeff Bernstein

Alan Singer: You Are Not Getting A Teaching Job Through The New York Times - 0 views

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    The weekend New York Times brought a special supplement, "Learn Something NEW: The New York Times Knowledge Network Fall 2011 Online Course Catalog." I saw it at a friend's house, because, as readers know from an earlier blog, I had canceled my subscription because of what I consider the company's unscrupulous educational practices. Apparently, the Times decided to continue marketing its brand in any way it can, despite my objections.
Jeff Bernstein

Ohio to Retest Teachers Under New Law - High School Notes (usnews.com) - 0 views

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    As soon as next year, approximately 7,000 educators in Ohio's poorest-performing public schools may be required to retake teaching exams under a new law passed by the state.
Jeff Bernstein

Teaching on the fast-track | Rhode Island news | projo.com | The Providence Journal - 0 views

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    Steve Whitten has had two careers - the first as a non-certified special-education teacher, the second as an administrator and counselor at the Rhode Island School of Design.

    Now, he is embarking on a third profession as an English and special-education teacher in a public school. Typically, Whitten would have to complete a two-year certificate program at an education school.

    Instead, he has enrolled in an intensive, six-week program run by the Rhode Island Teaching Fellows that promises to prepare him to fly solo this fall.
Jeff Bernstein

Education Week: N.Y. Thinks Outside Teacher Education Box - 0 views

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    Of all the states that have taken steps to rethink systems for preparing teachers, New York appears to be experimenting with the greatest variety of approaches.
Jeff Bernstein

Duncan: Teacher Salaries Should Be $60,000 to $150,000 - Politics K-12 - Education Week - 0 views

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    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called for a radical upending of the nation's teaching pipeline-higher salaries, improved performance-based teacher accountability, and a higher bar for prospective students to enter schools of education.
Jeff Bernstein

Survey: Alternative Teacher Certification on the Rise - Teaching Now - Education Week T... - 0 views

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    Four out of 10 new public school teachers hired since 2005 came through alternative teacher-preparation programs, according to a survey just released by the National Center for Education Information. That's up from 22 percent of new teachers hired between 2000 and 2004.
Jeff Bernstein

Higher Education Groups Oppose Teacher-Training Bill - Teacher Beat - Education Week - 0 views

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    A slew of organizations representing colleges and universities have lined up to oppose a recently introduced federal teacher- and principal-training bill, urging the the chairman and ranking Republican on the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee not to support the proposal.
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