Teachers College, Columbia University News: Opinions http://www.tc.columbia.edu/news News at Teachers College, Columbia University en-us Copyright 2014 Teachers College, Columbia University webmaster@tc.columbia.eduacquaro@exchange.tc.columbia.edu https://www.tc.columbia.edu/images/tclogo.gif Teachers College, Columbia University http://www.tc.columbia.edu/news New York City Offers Lessons in Implementing Common Core http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=9382 1/17/2014 TCs Wohlstetter, via Hechinger Report, says NYCs centralized school system and clear priorities buoyed scores on Common Core-based tests. New York City Offers Lessons in Implementing Common Core TCs Aaron Pallas Offers Mayor de Blasio Some School Advice http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=9339 1/6/2014 On WNYCs SchoolBook blog, Pallas offers five-cost conscious tips for improving NYC schools. TCs Aaron Pallas Offers Mayor de Blasio Some School Advice TCs Michael Rebell to Gov. Cuomo Fund Schools, not Tax Cuts http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=9338 1/6/2014 The Executive Director of the Campaign for Educational Equity writes in The New York Daily News that if Cuomos estimated $2 billion surplus is real, the state should start paying down its $4 billion debt to schools. TCs Michael Rebell to Gov. Cuomo Fund Schools, not Tax Cuts Gathering STEAM through Hip-Hop http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=9323 12/11/2013 TCs Christopher Emdin argues in iThe New York Times/i online a href=http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/12/10/math-and-science-for-more-than-just-geeks/in-teaching-stem-use-hip-hop-as-a-bridge target=_blankRoom for Debate/a that the arts andmdash; including hip-hop andmdash; can serve as a bridge to the sciences for the disaffected and disinterested. Gathering STEAM through Hip-Hop Permanent Charter http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=9322 12/11/2013 Love em or hate em, charter schools are going to be with us for the foreseeable future, argues TCs Priscilla Wohlstetter in a href=http://www.wnyc.org/story/charter-schools-are-here-stay-now-lets-have-useful-conversation-about-them/ target=_blankWNYCs SchoolBook blog/a. Permanent Charter Mandela Remembered http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=9320 12/9/2013 Following Nelson Mandelas death on Dec. 5th, several Teachers College faculty members shared their reflections on the great South African leader and fighter against racism and apartheid. Mandela Remembered TCs Bailey Calls on High Schools, Colleges, Employers to Collaborate http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=9249 11/1/2013 Uniting the institutions can increase high school graduation and college success, writes Bailey, Director of TCs Center for Analysis of Postsecondary Education and Employment, in Room for Debate on NYTimes.com TCs Bailey Calls on High Schools, Colleges, Employers to Collaborate Syracuse Really Has No Highly Effective Teachers? http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=9222 10/14/2013 In this op-ed, which originally appeared on The Hechinger Report, Aaron Pallas writes that NY State rated Syracuse teachers on a wildly inappropriate metric. Syracuse Really Has No Highly Effective Teachers? TCs Rebell: U.S. Closer to Racial Equity Than We Were 50 Years Ago http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=9221 10/14/2013 But we are much further from Martin Luther Kings vision of equal educational opportunity than we should and could be. TCs Rebell: U.S. Closer to Racial Equity Than We Were 50 Years Ago TCs Luis Huerta: Doubling Down on Testing is a Failed Wager http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=8972 4/23/2013 On the OpEducation blog of Education Week, the Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy says increase in standards and accountability reforms have ignored the wider process of schooling. TCs Luis Huerta: Doubling Down on Testing is a Failed Wager TCs Edmund Gordon: Use of Standardized Testing is Ineffective, Immoral http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=8956 4/16/2013 In an opinion piece on LoHud.com, the March Hoe Professor of Psychology and Education, emeritus, writes that recent testing scandals are evidence of the misuse of standardized test scores to hold students, teachers and schools accountable. TCs Edmund Gordon: Use of Standardized Testing is Ineffective, Immoral CCRCs Scott-Clayton: Number of For-Profit Colleges Is Twice Whats Reported http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=8399 2/24/2012 On the New York Times Economix blog, Scott-Clayton writes that, counting those that dont receive federal aid, the reported number of for-profit colleges doubles. CCRCs Scott-Clayton: Number of For-Profit Colleges Is Twice Whats Reported Aaron Pallas: Teacher Evaluations Not Truly Rigorous http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=8395 2/21/2012 Posted first on The Hechinger Report website, the Professor of Sociology and Education writes that in todays parlance, teacher evaluations are incorrectly seen as rigorous if they rate teachers as ineffective. Aaron Pallas: Teacher Evaluations Not Truly Rigorous Preventing High School Dropouts More Than Pays for Itself http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=8357 1/26/2012 President Obamas proposal to make high school attendance mandatory until age 18 is a step in the right direction, TCs Henry M. Levin and Cecilia E. Rouse at Princeton write in the New York Times, but it wouldnt be enough to meaningfully reduce the dropout rate. Research shows that some of the most promising approaches need to start much earlier -- at preschool age, and they will return two to four times their cost. Preventing High School Dropouts More Than Pays for Itself Henig Asks, Who is Financing Education Reform? http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=8143 7/28/2011 In his third and final guest blog for Rick Hess in Education Week, TCs Jeff Henig notes that its getting increasingly difficult to find out who is footing the bill for some education reform and policy groups. Henig Asks, Who is Financing Education Reform? TCs Jeff Henig Says Sophisticated Data Mining Can Help Guide Policy Decisions in Schools http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=8140 7/26/2011 In his second of three guest blogs this week for Rick Hesss Straight Up, Henig says that sophisticated analysis of high-quality data can be useful in setting education policy, but only if other important factors are taken into account. TCs Jeff Henig Says Sophisticated Data Mining Can Help Guide Policy Decisions in Schools What Do Teachers Want? http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=8136 7/25/2011 Teachers arent being heard in education reform policy debates, but they should be, writes Professor Jeff Henig, guest-blogging for Rick Hess on Edweek.org. Reformers should ask teachers how various reform initiatives bear upon their sense of accomplishment, pride, and long-term commitment to the field, Henig says. What Do Teachers Want? American Schools Will Not Hit Proficiency Marks Unless They Attend to Nonschool Factors http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=8075 5/25/2011 TCs Jeffrey Henig, with co-author S. Paul Reville, write in Education Week that Americans need to address social factors such as socioeconomic status, concentrations of poverty, and school and residential mobility, if children are going to meet achievement marks set by No Child Left Behind legislation. American Schools Will Not Hit Proficiency Marks Unless They Attend to Nonschool Factors Bottom-Up Peace http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7959 4/22/2011 With Israeli-Palestinian conflict again at stalemate, TC Emeritus Professor Morton Deutsch and current faculty member Peter Coleman argue (in a piece published in The a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-t-coleman-phd/bottomup-peace_b_848164.htmlHuffington Post/a) that the current upheaval in the Mideast offers a critical opportunity for citizens on both sides to push their governments for progress. Bottom-Up Peace Time to Bury the Hatchet http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7901 3/6/2011 In a recent a href = http://huff.to/fuRaEqblog/a on the Huffington Post site, TCs Peter Coleman and co-author Alon Gratch argue that the current upheaval in the Middle East may offer the last, best hope for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Time to Bury the Hatchet A Plea for Partisanship in Education http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7842 1/28/2011 Writing in Education Week, TCs Amy Stuart Wells argues that while education represents a rare area of consensus between Democrats and Republicans right now, the most agreed-upon solutions-testing, privatization, deregulation, stringent accountability systems, and placement of blame on unions for all that is wrong-are doing more harm than good. A Plea for Partisanship in Education Following By Example http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7835 1/20/2011 Writing in a href = http://huff.to/eF2FVJThe Huffington Post/a, TC faculty member Peter Coleman writes that gridlock in Washington, D.C. is so extreme that U.S. politicians and their chief supporters are engaged in patterns of behavior that resist change and that they reenact repeatedly and often automatically, even when they may at times prefer not to. Calling upon average citizens to destabilize this fixed system from the bottom up, he advises us to beware absolute certainty- take responsibility for the state of our state- reflect on our own contradictions- go new-and see possibilities. Following By Example Huerta: Home School Tax Breaks May Unite Conservatives http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7826 1/5/2011 In Room for Debate on the New York Times website, Luis Huerta, Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy, says G.O.P. proposal for tax credits for home schooling may be rooted in deeper culture wars promoted by fiscal and social conservatives. Huerta: Home School Tax Breaks May Unite Conservatives A Measured Response to Value-Added Measures http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7820 1/3/2011 As early as today, the courts could potentially authorize the public release of the Teacher Data Reports for 12,000 New York City elementary and middle school teachers. Writing in the Daily News, TCs Aaron Pallas cautions that value-added measures, in conjunction with other measures of teachers skills and abilities, shed useful light on a teachers performance. Taken in isolation, however, these measures fall far short of telling us all that we want to know. (a href = http://nydn.us/dFetaPNY Daily News/a) A Measured Response to Value-Added Measures FACULTY AVAILABLE TO COMMENT ON NYC RELEASE OF TEACHER RATINGS http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7694 10/21/2010 Assistant Professor Douglas Ready, and professors Jeffrey Henig and Aaron Pallas, experts in testing and accountability measures, are available to discuss the planned release of teacher evaluation data by the New York City Department of Education. A Blog on Microaggressions http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7668 10/6/2010 Writing for Psychology Today, TCs Sue and Rivera draw on two recent books. A Blog on Microaggressions Henig, Levin Call for Caution in Use of Private Contractors in Education http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7666 10/4/2010 In an Education Week opinion piece this week, professors Jeffrey Henig and Henry Levin say contracting with private, or more-autonomous public, providers can increase flexibility, foster constructive variation, and offer an infusion of human capital and energies. Yet there are many places at which things may go awry. Henig, Levin Call for Caution in Use of Private Contractors in Education In Newark, Start With the Youngest Children http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7669 10/1/2010 In a href= http://nyti.ms/ak3m6nRoom for Debate/a on NYTimes.com, Margaret Crocco, chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities, writes that Newark, in spending its $100 million gift from Mark Zuckerberg, should start by helping children under five. In Newark, Start With the Youngest Children On Buying Stuff for School http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7651 9/19/2010 TC student Dino Sossi writes in Canadas The Globe and Mail about the greater importance of that yearly trip to stock up on notebooks, pens and multi-colored markers. (a href=http://bit.ly/cFeXH1See Article/a) On Buying Stuff for School Value-Added Measurement of Teachers Has a Significant Downside http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7644 9/9/2010 Scholarly experts have drawn the distinction between the merits of using value-added models to shape standards and curricula and the flaws and dangers of applying the same formulae to evaluate individual teacher performances. They point out that many other factors-poverty, school resources, support from parents and outside sources such as tutoring, even health status-affect standardized test scores. Value-Added Measurement of Teachers Has a Significant Downside In Opinion Piece, TCs Allegrante Defends Academic Freedom http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7627 8/20/2010 John P. Allegrante, Professor and Deputy Provost, wrote an opinion essay that was published in Icelands Morgunbladid newspaper following the recent firing by Reykjavik University of Professor Einar Steingrimsson. Allegrante writes that the dismissal raises grave questions about academic freedom for Icelandic scholars and scientists. Steingrimsson had been publicly critical of the universitys failure to consult faculty on academic matters. In Opinion Piece, TCs Allegrante Defends Academic Freedom ESEA Reauthorization: Dont Bet the Store on Teacher Effectiveness http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7621 8/10/2010 Writing in Education Week, TC Trustee Jay Urwitz warns that the Obama administrations plans for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act lean too heavily on promoting teacher effectiveness -- an entity that is still not well-defined and that may not even be the most important factor in raising student performance. ESEA Reauthorization: Dont Bet the Store on Teacher Effectiveness TCs Margaret Crocco Questions the Value of Teach for America http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7596 7/15/2010 On the New York Times Website Today, the chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities writes that TFA has potentially serious implications for public education. TCs Margaret Crocco Questions the Value of Teach for America Obama Administration Should Make Education Technology a Higher Priority http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7526 5/20/2010 Guest-writing on The Answer Sheet, a Washington Post education blog, Ellen Meier, Associate Professor of Computing and Education, and co-director of the TCs Center for Technology and School Change, continues an ongoing series of critiques by TC faculty members of President Obamas blueprint for rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. a href=http://voices.washingtonpost.com/answer-sheet/technology/obamas-mistake-with-technology.htmlClick Here/a for story. Obama Administration Should Make Education Technology a Higher Priority Dont rush to link teacher evaluation to student achievement http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7485 5/14/2010 TCs President Susan Fuhrman is a guest writer on The Answer Sheet, a Washington Post education blog. Dont rush to link teacher evaluation to student achievement Tying Teacher Evaluation to Student Achievement http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7440 4/7/2010 Writing in Education Week, TC President Susan Fuhrman summarizes an NRC-NAEd report on the advantages and pitfalls of value-added approaches, especially for use with teachers. Tying Teacher Evaluation to Student Achievement Leadership in the Time of Obama http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7390 3/22/2010 As President Obama nears victory on passage of health care legislation, TCs Peter Coleman and co-author Robert Ferguson, writing in The Huffington Post, urge him to make continued use of smart power - a strategy articulated by Harvards Joseph Nye for foreign diplomacy - in dealing with domestic issues. a href=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-t-coleman-phd/leadership-in-the-time-of_b_505680.htmlClick Here/a for story. Leadership in the Time of Obama The Backlash against Charter Schools http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7388 3/15/2010 Writing for the New York Times online Room for Debate forum, TCs Jeffrey Henig and Luis Huerta (third piece from the top) argue that shifting economic and political conditions at the state and national level are one reason for the more vocal and newly energized critiques of charters in New York and elsewhere. a href=http://nyti.ms/9BCzPkhttp://nyti.ms/9BCzPk/abrbra href=/i/media/7388_TCAnnual09-Outsourcing-the-DistrictOffice.pdfClick here/a to read a story in the 2010 TC Annual Report about charter schools and new research by Henig, Huerta, and TC faculty member Henry Levin and student Jonathan Gyurko. The Backlash against Charter Schools Is There a Good Way to Get Rid of Bad Teachers? http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7369 2/25/2010 TCs Aaron Pallas is one of several commentators weighing in on this subject on the New York Times online editorial forum, Room for Debate. Is There a Good Way to Get Rid of Bad Teachers? Tying Teacher Tenure to Student Scores Doesnt Fly http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7355 2/15/2010 When a student fails to flourish, it is rarely the result of one party. Rather, it tends to be a confluence of confounding factors, often involving parents, teachers, administrators, politicians, neighborhoods, and even the student himself, writes Justin Snider, teaches undergraduate writing at Columbia University and is a research fellow at the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, at Teachers College. TC Faculty Question Education Secretarys Vision http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7384 1/11/2010 Writing in Education Week, a group of the Colleges faculty members query Arne Duncan on some of the ideas he laid out in his address to the TC community. Anna Neumann: Life with Tenure: Not What You Think http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7315 1/10/2010 In an opinion piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Anna Neumann, Professor of Higher Education and the coordinator of the program in higher and postsecondary education, writes that institutions should help professors pursue their research passions. Neumann is the author of Professing to Learn: Creating Tenured Lives and Careers in the American Research University (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). Anna Neumann: Life with Tenure: Not What You Think TCs Hatch Targets Flawed Assumptions in School Reform http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7283 12/7/2009 TC faculty member Thomas Hatch argues in Education Week that many of the new school reform initiatives being promoted by the U.S. Department of Education rest on old and flawed assumptions of past efforts. TCs Hatch Targets Flawed Assumptions in School Reform The Promise and Perils of Charter Schools http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7264 12/2/2009 Calling a new study grounds for enthusiasm about charter schools, TC Trustee John Merrow nevertheless cautions buyer beware The Promise and Perils of Charter Schools Standards Arent Enough, President Fuhrman Writes in EdWeek http://www.TC.columbia.edu/news/article.htm?id=7182 10/8/2009 Commentary in Education Week co-authored by TC President Susan Fuhrman says draft national standards are only the first step in improving education. Curricula, tests, textbooks, lesson plans, and teachers on-the-job training will all have to be revised to reinforce the standards, the authors write. Standards Arent Enough, President Fuhrman Writes in EdWeek