NC Teacher Licensure Proposal Prepares to Prioritize Contractors Over Children

A draft teacher licensure proposal soon to be considered by the North Carolina State Board of Education has been labeled “Pathways to Excellence.”  It begs two questions: Where do the pathways lead? And for whom are they excellent? Where do the pathways lead? Credit: Dan4th Nicholas As the draft proposal is currently written, it... Continue Reading →

A broken feedback loop can’t effectively repair the teacher pipeline NC teacher licensure schemers avoided feedback for as long as possible and remain resistant to changes, yet the plan elevates student survey feedback as a core method to rescind teacher licenses. A scheme created with a rigged feedback loop is set to further damage the teacher pipeline, not repair it. Our students deserve better.... Continue Reading →

Recipe for Disaster: Creating Competition Within Teacher Support Networks The PEPSC licensure scheme is set to transform NCEES, the current teacher evaluation matrix. It will change it from its original intent as a professional growth tool, into a punitive one that revokes a teacher's license for not being all things to all people, despite being everything their students need. You can offer feedback... Continue Reading →

NC DPI official admits EVAAS stacks the deck against recognizing growth EVAAS is a flawed, norm-referenced tool that has been rejected by other states, and was eliminated for official use in teacher evaluations by North Carolina in 2016. NC also drastically scaled back its standardized test regimen after pushback from parents and educators. So why does a teacher licensure pitch headed soon to the North... Continue Reading →

Is NC’s teacher licensure proposal ‘bold and innovative’ or ‘tried and failed?’

The Dallas Morning News published an article titled "Texas’ ‘wild west’ teacher prep landscape could make teacher shortage worse." It reflects on Texas' decades-long experiment with exposing children to underprepared classroom teachers in the name of rejuvenating the teacher pipeline. It neither served students nor addressed the pipeline. Here are some highlights: “It’s about getting... Continue Reading →

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