State launches new teacher recruitment initiative with press conference and summit

Like most states in the nation, California is experiencing a teacher shortage. Teacher recruitment has largely been led by the 1,000 individual school districts in the state, and the California Department of Education historically has not engaged in direct teacher recruitment or support. That is […]

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 […]

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 […]

Students feel their motivation and morale is mostly intact post-pandemic; Teachers disagree

Students and teachers have very different opinions on students’ level of motivation, according to a recent EdWeek Research Center report, Student Motivation: Student and Educator Perceptions. To determine the degree to which the views of educators align with those of the young people they serve, […]

Developing a diverse teacher workforce will require more effort at the state level

California must establish a clear vision and comprehensive action plan to recruit, prepare and sustain an educator workforce whose diversity reflects the state’s student population, but local educational agencies can’t meet this goal alone, according to a new document. California Educator Diversity Road Map: Community-Informed […]

Teacher morale is improving, but more can be done to address mental health needs

Following a significant decline as a result of the pandemic, teacher morale appears to be improving, according to the second annual Merrimack College Teacher Survey, commissioned by the school’s Winston School of Education and Social Policy. However, results also suggest there is more work to […]

One district’s efforts to improve mental well-being of all staff

Recognizing the importance of addressing employee mental well-being, Chula Vista Elementary School District is moving to improve teacher and staff services on campus for its 3,000 staff comprising teachers, administrators, bus drivers, custodians and more. Through a new partnership with Campus Clinic — a preventative […]

California teachers make more than national average, less than living rate, review finds

California has the third highest average salary for teachers and the fourth highest average starting salary for teachers in the country, according to the National Education Association’s (NEA) “The State of Educator Pay in America” 2023 review, published in late April. The average teacher salary […]

2020–21 teacher supply report shows decrease in issued credentials

At its April 19-21 meeting, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved sending the annual report on the number of teachers who received credentials, certificates, permits, and waivers to teach in California public schools to Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature. Teacher Supply in California, […]