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From the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
On September 29, 1:30-3:00 EST AACTE will offer a free webinar to AACTE members on the new Higher Education Opportunity Act. Be sure to take advantage of this AACTE member benefit and learn about the many new provisions in the HEA that will affect your programs and your work. This webinar would be an excellent learning opportunity for graduate students who are interested in teacher education and education policy. Please pass the details of this event on to interested faculty and students! Go to the AACTE web site to register.

From the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
“What Every Teacher Educator Needs to Know: Addressing the Achievement Gap for Students with Special Needs” will take place from October 21-23, 2008. Watch for additional information on AACTE’s Website.


2008 Presidential Candidates’ Education Platforms
From the Committee on Education Funding
Find out more about the Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates’ positions on education from the non-partisan Committee for Education Funding.

Schools: Obama stresses more investment, McCain parental choice
From Education Week
Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama offer different visions for how the federal government can help America’s students get ahead. Senator McCain’s drumbeat is parental choice and empowerment while Senator Obama’s thrust is strategic investment.

Disability Act Changes Offer Protections
From Education Week
A bill expanding the Americans with Disabilities Act that is headed to the White House could have implications for some students with disabilities.

How the Dems Lost on Education
From the American Prospect
The New America Foundation hosted a discussion on Friday, September 19th, entitled: “How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Education,” based on an article of that title by Kevin Carey, research and policy manager at Education Sector. Carey and Bella Rosenberg, an education policy consultant and member of the “Broader, BOLDER Task Force, sparred over the article’s premises. Rosenberg challenged Carey on the lack of evidence behind his findings and argued the Broader BOLDER Task Force’s “schools plus” approach, given that the achievement gap exists before kids start school and one-third of it is due to health reasons. Carey countered that if schools don’t matter much, why fully fund them? Rep. Arthur Davis (D-AL) provided historical context for the seminar.


Training program nets $3.7 million grant
From Arizona State University
For Arizona State University’s award-winning College of Teacher Education and Leadership, the hits just keep coming. The West campus college has received a $3.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) to provide school leadership training to nine high-poverty school districts around the state through the college’s existing video conferencing network.

College of Education Faculty Receive $1.29 Million Award
From the University of South Florida
The work of hundreds of educators in dozens of schools engaged in transforming education will continue thanks to a grant to the University of South Florida from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE). George Batsche and Michael Curtis, professors in the Psychological and Social Foundations Department and the Institute for School Reform in the USF College of Education were awarded over $1.29 million to continue their “Florida Problem-Solving/Response to Intervention” statewide project.

UCSC wins NSF grant to train more math and science teachers
From the University of California, Santa Cruz
Regional schools in need of qualified math and science teachers will benefit from a $750,000 grant to the University of California, Santa Cruz, from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholars Program. The grant will fund scholarships for UCSC students pursuing teaching careers in math and science.

Other Announcements

Issues in Teacher Education, a peer reviewed publication of the California Council on Teacher Education, has issued Calls for Manuscripts for 2 special editions. The first focuses on the use of performance assessment in teacher credentialing programs, with a Spring 2009 publication date. The second has technology enhanced teaching and learning for its theme, and is scheduled for publication in Fall 2009. Those interested in submitting to this scholarly journal should go to the following web sites for the manuscript calls:

Special Issue on “Technology and Integrated Teaching and Learning”:

Special Issue on “Teaching Performance Assessment:

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