Preparation programs not sufficiently training new educators to teach children how to read

Most programs at the colleges and universities that prepare future elementary teachers still do not fully cover the science of reading, according to a recent report from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). Among the nearly 700 teacher preparation programs analyzed, only 25 percent […]

Bellflower USD trustee advocates for individuals with disabilities

How can local educational agencies better serve their students with disabilities? Bellflower Unified School District trustee Sue ElHessen, a long-time disability rights advocate, says some ways that question can be addressed is through education on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), empowering students by teaching […]

LPI report finds clinical support and access to subject-area training are important to teacher preparedness

A recent report from The Learning Policy Institute (LPI), Educating Teachers in California: What Matters for Teacher Preparedness?, explores the survey responses of nearly 60,000 individuals who completed teacher preparation programs (TPP) and applied for their primary teaching credentials between 2016–17 and 2020–21. More than […]

Study examines how one district is improving outcomes for foster youth

Family disruptions, trauma, out-of-home placements and school changes are common experiences among children in foster care, and often result in higher rates of disciplinary problems, grade repetition, special education placement and dropping out of high school, as well as lower academic achievement, and increased barriers […]

Promising practices to identify student homelessness from Long Beach USD and Monterey County

Housing insecurity and homelessness is a major issue in the United States, impacting more than 1 million young people across the nation and more than 224,000 California public school students. Long Beach Unified School District and local educational agencies in Monterey County are taking action […]

Supreme Court sets new standard for employers to provide religious accommodations

On June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Groff v. DeJoy, which relates to religious accommodations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Title VII prohibits employment discrimination based on, among other protected categories, religion. The law imposes an obligation […]