Recommended Reading From the Dean
Leading With Diversity: Cultural Competencies for Teacher Preparation and Professional Development
PART IV: Race & Ethnicity
The Educational Alliance at Brown University offers a white paper, inclucing a specific part about race and ethnicity.
“In Part IV, we discuss the importance of consciously holding high expectations for all students. We address how race and ethnicity affect students’ identity development and their social and learning experiences in school and how teachers can handle racism in institu- tional, cultural, and individual contexts. We also make suggestions for addressing the power differential between dominant and nondomi- nant groups and for recognizing and valuing the cultural knowledge and strengths within communities.”
NEW! Free eBook: A Call for Change: Providing Solutions for Black Male Achievement
Lehman College is a member of the Council of the Great City Schools and would like to share information for their new eBook, A Call for Change: Providing Solutions for Black Male Achievement. It is a compilation of "solution briefs from some of the nation’s leading scholars and experts in addressing the academic needs of African American males." The new e-book is available at no cost and can be downloaded from iTunes (iBooks), Barnes and Noble (Nook Books) and Amazon.com (Kindle Books). A Call for Change: Providing Solutions for Black Male Achievement can be accessed on the Council’s web site: www.cgcs.org See flyer for details.
Brief Offers Suggestions for Teacher Evaluation Design
The National Education Policy Center just posted a two-page brief that summarizes research about the positive outcomes and unintended consequences of teacher evaluation systems. Dr. William Mathis, managing director of the NEPC, focuses on the problems that arise when approaches are based largely on test scores and advocates for peer review systems instead. This is an important brief to review as the controversy about New York City teacher evaluation system continues.
National Education Policy Center (NEPC) Review: http://nepc.colorado.edu/newsletter/2012/09/options-Teacher-eval
William Mathis’s brief on the NEPC website at: http://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/options-teacher-evaluations
New Highs in Latino Enrollments
Latino enrollments in higher education passed several milestones in 2011, according to a new report from the Pew Hispanic Center:
- Latino students are now the largest minority group among four-year college and university students.
- Latino students now make up one quarter of community college enrollments.
- Total Latino enrollment has passed 2 million students, or 16.5 percent of all college enrollments.
The Missing Link in School Reform by Carrie R. Leana
With an increasing emphasis on individual teacher performance, this sensible and compelling article reminds us of the value of "teacher collaborations that strengthen skills, competence, and a school's overall social capital." With research and examples from elementary schools throughout the U.S. and with a specific focus on math curricula and outcomes, this article suggests measurable gains by students when schools, administrators and teachers "invest" in building collaborative working relationships and social capital. Take a look at the comments section as well. What do you think? http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/the_missing_link_in_school_reform
Report on Teacher Education
On September 30, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education released "Our Future, Our Teachers," a report on teacher preparation. Recommendations in the report could have a significant impact on our candidates and our programs. It is worth your time to read the entire document carefully and consider its implications.
The Common Core Standards
The Common Core State Standards are designed to "provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy." Links to more information
A Rotting Apple: Education Redlining in New York City
The New York City public school system is the largest in the country, with responsibility for educating more than 1 million children. The ability of the New York City public schools to meet that responsibility holds national significance. The high national profile of the city's education reforms in recent years, and the much-echoed calls for replication in the other cities, offer strong evidence of this. A Rotting Apple: Education Redlining in New York City [PDF]
Unclogging, Strengthening and Insulating the Bronx Educational Pipeline
On October 15, 2011, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted the Bronx Education Summit: From Cradle to Career. It convened educators, parents, students, social service providers, policy makers and other stakeholders to begin a dialogue on creating an education agenda. Unclogging, Strengthening and Insulating the Bronx Educational Pipeline [PDF]
Last modified: Mar 15, 2013