Barriers remain to diversify California’s teacher workforce

Despite efforts over the years to recruit an educator workforce as racially and ethnically diverse as the students served throughout California, systemic barriers to diversifying the teacher workforce are hindering progress, according to new research from the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools (CTS) […]

Experts share advice on instructional materials adoption at CSBA webinar

CSBA’s May 30 webinar featured expert panelists providing an overview of the state’s instructional materials adoption process, requirements and guidance for local educational agencies, information on understanding current context and minimizing conflict during the selection period, and trustee perspectives as well as a Q&A. Instructional materials can include textbooks, technology-based materials and other educational tools and tests.

Asian American Pacific Islander Leaders Network offers support, community to Bay Area educators

Launched in 2022–23 to provide Bay Area educators professional development opportunities in a space that fosters inclusion and belonging, the Asian American Pacific Islander Leaders Network at Berkeley School of Education provides a supportive environment for those in the field while also addressing pandemic-related challenges and a national surge in anti-Asian hate.

Survey finds teachers are stressed due to student misbehavior and lack of parental support

Teachers across the country are overwhelmed and feeling burnt out, according to survey findings released by the Pew Research Center on April 4. More specifically, 77 percent of public K-12 teachers say their job is frequently stressful, 68 percent say it’s overwhelming, 70 percent say […]

Addressing the needs of teacher education deserts to attract and retain educators

Drawing on findings from its newly released report, California’s Teacher Education Deserts: An Overlooked & Growing Equity Challenge, the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools held a webinar on April 23 to discuss the obstacles that some regions face in attracting and retaining highly qualified educators. As staffing shortages continue to impact local educational agencies across the U.S., teacher education deserts, defined as a county that does not have a preparation program within 60 miles of its county office of education, are most common in California’s rural border counties (those that border other states and/or Mexico).

Survey provides national snapshot of teacher attrition

As schools nationwide grapple with teacher shortages, recruiting and retaining educators remains a critical part of addressing students’ academic needs. According to the results from the Current Teacher and Former Teacher questionnaires of the 2021–22 Teacher Follow-up Survey, teacher attrition rates have remained steady. A […]

IQC approves revisions to local instructional materials adoption guidance

The Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) met on Jan. 24 to consider recommendations on the revised Guidance for Local Instructional Materials Adoptions, determine various leadership and committee positions and approve 2024 goals. While convening on Jan. 23 for an orientation, four new commissioners appointed by the […]