Tag Archives | alternative teacher licensure

Teacher licensure audit makes recommendations, but does not address basic skills testing of teacher candidates

The legislative auditor’s report suggested a major overhaul to teacher licensure in Minnesota. Their recommendation, which garnered support from MDE and the Board of Teaching this week, was to created a tiered system of licensure. However, the report did not assess two critical aspects of licensure: basic schools tests and licensure categories. Mistilina Sato, Associate Professor of Teacher […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

First alternative teacher prep program in the works

Tim Post, Minnesota Public Radio, September 18, 2013 – More than two years after Minnesota lawmakers opened the door to quicker routes into the teaching profession, the first alternative licensure program is now being developed. The University of Minnesota and Teach for America-Twin Cities announced today that they will develop a new teacher training program by […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Encouraging news for Minnesota schools

Joe Nathan, ECM Publishers Inc, August 15, 2013 – Here’s happy news as Minnesotans prepare for a new school year. Both the Minnesota State Board of Teaching and Education Minnesota, the state’s teacher union, responded thoughtfully to the recent controversy about Teach for America. At a time when there is widespread rancor about how to […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Board approves teacher variances with warning

Steve Brandt, Star Tribune, August 2, 2013 – The Minnesota Board of Teaching Friday granted all 38 waivers for “community expert” licensing exemption on its docket, including 16 from Teach For America, and reversed itself on two denials it voted in July. But the approvals came with a warning from the board’s chair, Waseca teacher John Bellingham, that he […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Will Dayton weigh in on swelling teacher-training controversy?

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, July 19, 2013 – In certain education policy circles, the question of the hour is enough to send the most gifted Kremlinologist to her fainting couch. Does Gov. Mark Dayton support opening up Minnesota to teachers trained outside of the state’s traditional colleges of education? And if he does, is he prepared to […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Why Isn’t Closing 40 Philadelphia Public Schools National News?

Bruce A. Dixon, Black Agenda Report (truthout), May 10, 2012 – On February 14, 2012, Pennsylvania public school students, parents and teachers converged at the Capitol Rotunda to denounce Governor Corbett’s education plans and demand better schools. (Photo: karathepirate) If some racist made an inappropriate remark about the First Lady or her children our national “civil […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Culturally responsive teaching: ‘It’s something you do — every day’

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, May 7, 2012 – Sarah Skahan is putting culturally responsive teaching to work in her classroom. A month or so ago, Sarah Skahan let herself get knocked off her game by a 10-year-old boy. The boy, who is African-American, spends time with Skahan, the speech language pathologist at Westview Elementary in Apple Valley, to […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Changes facing Minnesota teachers

Star Tribune, March 24, 2012 – Evaluations: This 2011 law requires annual evaluations of all teachers, requiring that 35 percent of a teacher’s evaluation be tied to student performance and growth. It goes into effect in 2014. Basic skills: Signed into law last month by Gov. Mark Dayton, it requires would-be teachers to pass a college-level basic […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Accountability standards for charter schools

Erin Schmidtke, Session Daily, March 20, 2012 – Charter schools could have a new set of accountability standards as early as this year. Rep. Kelby Woodard (R-Belle Plaine) sponsors HF2714, which would establish heightened guidelines for charter schools throughout the state. The bill would designate student achievement as the primary purpose of those schools, and propose schools […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }

Commissioner Cassellius: Education reform

Brenda Cassellius, Star Tribune, March 10, 2012 – We’ve made good changes, and there’s no need to force bad ones. When it comes to education, we all want what is best for our children. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in Minnesota who does not agree. No one wants to see children fail in […]

Read full story · Comments { 0 }