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Proposed Federal Regulations for Teacher Preparation Programs

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, http://aacte.org/, December 2014 Time remaining to submit comments: 46 Days 12 Hours 21 Minutes 09 Seconds   Over the next several months AACTE’s leadership will conduct interviews with media and engage in strategic outreach to key press to spread the reach of the organization and its members’ stance […]

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Moving Teacher Preparation into the Future

Mark Dynarski, Brookings Institute, December 4, 2014 New teachers are essential to K-12 education. They allow the system to grow as the number of students grows, and they replace teachers retiring or taking other jobs. In light of the size of the K-12 sector, it’s not surprising that preparing new teachers is big business. Currently […]

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Basic-skills exam for teachers remains despite efforts to scrap it

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, March 23, 2014 Legislative efforts to repeal a controversial test for Minnesota’s aspiring teachers have all but sputtered out this year, but questions linger about whether the exam presents unfair challenges to teachers of color and those whose native language is not English. Legislators who support the test, most of them […]

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Stop the teacher wars

Pam Costain, MinnPost, October 11, 2013 – Teachers are tired of the teacher bashing. Those who think we can do better for kids are tired of being dismissed as “corporate reformers.” Traditionally prepared educators resent the notion that their years of training are unimportant, while folks in alternative programs resent the accusation that they have entered […]

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Minnesota Legislature: Bill seeks to repeal year-old teacher skills exam

Megan Boldt, Pioneer Press, February 19, 2013 – Thousands of Minnesota teachers are tested each year on their reading, writing and math skills before they get their license to teach. But two lawmakers want to scrap the exams, arguing language barriers, cultural bias and lack of accommodations for those with learning disabilities are keeping good teachers […]

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We will respect our teachers

Marc Tucker, Star Tribune Commentary, September 20, 2012 – To some, the Chicago teachers’ strike that ended Tuesday proves what they’ve been saying all along: That the teachers and their unions, when you get right down to it, care more about protecting bad teachers, seniority and pay than they do about what is good for kids. […]

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Minnesota’s alternate path for aspiring teachers still is untraveled

Kim McGuire, Star Tribune, July 8, 2012 – Lack of interest six months into the program surprises supporters. So far, no one has taken Minnesota up on its offer to make it easier for aspiring teachers to enter the classroom without a teaching degree from a traditional college or university. The lack of interest in […]

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Minnesota, 24 other states to test new assessments of teachers-to-be

Sarah Butrymowicz, The Hechinger Report (MinnPost), May 9, 2012 – CC/Flickr/BokaMokaCoka Soon, a sharp No. 2 pencil won’t be the only tool teachers need to pass state licensure tests. To earn a teaching license in most states, candidates must pass a handful of exams — largely multiple-choice — that test basic skills and knowledge of […]

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On Pearson and Pineapplegate: Kids & future teachers challenge critical tests

Beth Hawkins, MinnPost, May 8, 2012 – Hare photo: CC/Flickr/chrischapman. Pineapple: CC/Flickr/jkivinen The latest controversy in evaluation centers around a story about a race between a hare and a pineapple. Every once in a while the storytelling gods pry open a crevice in what is otherwise a crucial but deadly dull policy debate and, like […]

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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 […]

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