Tag Archives: teachers

Executive order temporarily suspends exam requirements for teacher candidates

2 June
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Individuals enrolled in teacher preparation programs during the 2019–20 school year will be allowed to obtain their California preliminary credential without a teaching performance assessment, if they were unable to complete the requirement due to COVID-19 school and testing center closures. The relief for prospective teachers and districts hiring for the coming school year comes under Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order issued on May 29. Teachers and administrators who were on track to finish their preparation this year and have...

Teaching credential, preparation program enrollment numbers continue climbing

7 May
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Continuing a multi-year pattern, California saw a 3.1 percent increase in teaching credentials issued in fiscal year 2018–19, however, the state also witnessed a slight decrease in the number of fully credentialed teachers serving in its public schools. And for a state still grappling with a teacher shortage, particularly in high-cost areas, the promising trend of significant increases in teacher preparation program enrollment persists. These are several of the key takeaways from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing’s recent report...

Teachers need support as expectations on educators grow, study finds

2 March
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Policymakers aiming to address an array of stubborn challenges in K-12 education can begin with improving teacher training and preparation; ensuring the equitable distribution of highly qualified, experienced teachers; and taking steps to diversify the educator workforce, according to new research. A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that, with all the additional expectations and demands placed on teachers in the past two decades related to everything from shifting curriculum standards to developing a...

Analysis: Schools with high proportions of students of color face teacher quality inequities

20 February
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African-American teacher
A new analysis finds that, both across the nation and in California, teachers in schools with high proportions of students of color are much more likely to be uncertified or inexperienced than teachers in schools with a low number of students of color. The Learning Policy Institute’s report, Inequitable Opportunity to Learn: Student Access to Certified and Experienced Teachers, uses the U.S. Department of Education’s two most recent years of Civil Rights Data Collection — 2014 and 2016 — to...

March 15 layoff notices: What boards should know

10 February
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As a member of a school board governance team, few situations are more sensitive than a district delivering March 15 layoff notices. It is essential for governing board members to be familiar with information about the March 15 notice, its implementation process and the strict legal requirements attached to the process. The March 15 notice is a formal, written announcement from a school district to certificated employees — required by Education Code section 44949 — informing them that they may...

Experts share insights on boosting California’s number of teachers of color

29 April
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Emphasizing the benefits they say all students and teachers could gain from the state having more teachers of color, experts shared their strategies and insights on moving forward at a recent event hosted by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. The April 24 forum at the California Department of Education was the second in a series on closing the achievement gap. “There’s research that has said that this will create a benefit for students,” Thurmond said of diversifying the...

California’s teaching force continues to grow but can’t keep pace with demand

26 April
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African-American teacher
State also sees slight drop in percentage of fully credentialed educators California’s slow but steady stretch of issuing more teacher credentials continued in fiscal year 2017–18, according to a new Commission on Teacher Credentialing report. Prospects may also appear slightly brighter for districts struggling to fill positions, as about 2,500 more teacher candidates enrolled in preparation programs in 2016–17 than in 2015–16. Despite the continued growth and outlook, the report found an estimated slight decrease (from 96 percent to 95.7...

The DACA Repeal: Resources for school districts and Dreamer teachers

13 September
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Roughly 5,000 teachers in California are caught in the crosshairs of President Trump’s plan to cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, joining hundreds of thousands of individuals across the state and the country facing an uncertain future. Known as DACA, the Obama administration program provides undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States at a young age by their parents with temporary protection from deportation and permission to legally work. As the program heads to Congress with...