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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

Shanker Blog » Ready, Aim, Hire: Predicting The Future Performance Of Teacher... - 0 views

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    In short, the results do reveal some meaningful, potentially policy-relevant associations between pre-service characteristics and future outcomes. From a more general perspective, however, they are also a testament to the difficulties inherent in predicting who will be a good teacher based on observable traits.
Jeff Bernstein

NEA Stakes a Claim in Teacher Effectiveness Debate - Teacher Beat - Education Week - 0 views

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    A National Education Association commission issued a report today with specific recommendations for upping pre-service requirements, establishing career paths for teachers, and developing new evaluation systems.
Jeff Bernstein

Can Pre-Service Teachers Meet the Demands of the Teaching Profession? - Finding Common ... - 0 views

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    It doesn't matter whether you teach in a suburban, urban or rural school setting, we are seeing many students enter school with diverse academic, social and economic needs. Perhaps they have a vocabulary or language deficit that puts them behind their peers, or they lack the maturity that allows them to fit in socially, schools have been playing the role of caregiver and educator in the lives of children for decades.
Jeff Bernstein

What To Do About Lax Standards for Edu-Majors? - Rick Hess Straight Up - Education Week - 0 views

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    I blogged yesterday on Cory Koedel's eye-opening research regarding the inflated grades awarded to undergraduate education majors. In response, several colleagues from the world of teacher preparation have asked what I'd have them do. Not wanting to seem unhelpful, here are a couple suggestions to get things started. (That said, I trust those involved in teacher ed, if they put their minds to it, can readily come up with many more and better.)
Jeff Bernstein

Where Does Disruption Begin? With Teachers Who Teach Teachers | MindShift - 0 views

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    Disrupting the entrenched education system is daunting. There are 7.2 million teachers in the U.S., 76 million students, and more than 98,000 public schools, according to a government census (as of 2008).

    So what's the most effective way to unshackle the current archaic system from ineffective tactics that no longer work in the digital age?
Jeff Bernstein

Shanker Blog » Attracting The "Best Candidates" To Teaching - 0 views

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    Now, it bears noting that "attracting better people," like "improving teacher quality," is a policy goal, not a concrete policy proposal - it tells us what we want, not how to get it. And how to make teaching more enticing for "top" candidates is still very much an open question (as is the equally important question of how to improve the performance of existing teachers).
Jeff Bernstein

How to improve teacher education now (and why Teach for America isn't the answer) - The... - 0 views

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    This was written by Arthur Levine, president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and former president of Teachers College, Columbia University.
Jeff Bernstein

Collecting data on teacher prep programs a good start for improving them - 0 views

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    You've probably heard that NCTQ president Kate Walsh and new Tennessee Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman testified in Congress this week on issues related to teacher quality. (Snippets of their testimonies burst into useful sound bites all over Twitter.) One of the most quotable, shared here by Huffington Post, came from Walsh when she said it's "easier to get into an education school than it is to qualify to play college football."
Jeff Bernstein

Education Week Teacher: Student Teaching: More Than a Custody Arrangement? - 0 views

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    I took the leap in the fall of 2010. With six years of experience as a teacher, I agreed to partner with a local university (my alma mater, as it happened) to mentor my first student teacher.
Jeff Bernstein

Should Ed Schools Be More Like Med Schools? - Walt Gardner's Reality Check - Education ... - 0 views

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    Everyone agrees that the most important in-school factor in student achievement is the classroom teacher. At the same time, however, everyone has a different proposal for reaching that goal. Rather than recite the entire list, I'd like to examine one recommendation more closely.
Jeff Bernstein

Ed Schools' Pedagogical Puzzle - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    There will be no courses at the Relay Graduate School of Education, the first standalone college of teacher preparation to open in New York State for nearly 100 years. Instead, there will be some 60 modules, each focused on a different teaching technique. There will be no campus, because it is old-think to believe a building makes a school. Instead, the graduate students will be mentored primarily at the schools where they teach. And there will be no lectures. Direct instruction, as such experiences will be called, should not take place for more than 15 or 20 minutes at a time. After that, students should discuss ideas with one another or reflect on their own.
Jeff Bernstein

Student-Teacher Programs Called Flawed - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    The National Council on Teacher Quality, an advocacy group, is to issue a study on Thursday reporting that most student-teaching programs are seriously flawed. The group has already angered the nation's schools for teachers with its plans to give them letter grades that would appear in U.S. News and World Report.
Jeff Bernstein

Education Week: Student-Teaching Found to Suffer From Poor Supervision - 0 views

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    The student-teaching experience offered by many traditional schools of education couples poor supervision with a lack of rigorous selection of effective mentor-teachers, a controversial report issued today concludes.
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