The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing sets standards for teacher training programs in public colleges and universities, establishes requirements for teacher credentialing, enforces professional practices and disciplines credential holders.
The current era of discipline reform in California is putting greater emphasis on an aspect of teaching that has long gotten the short shrift in teacher credentialing programs.
In some cases, the diversity gap between teachers and students in California has widened.
Effectiveness has nothing to do with teachers' impact or performance, as California defines it under the new federal law.
Four California school districts and four county offices of education will each receive $625,000 to train bilingual teachers for new classes.
State grants allow campuses to shorten credential process from 5 1/2 to 4 years.
A teacher's credential, not his or her performance, will define effectiveness under the state's education plan required by federal law.
Statewide efforts to increase the number of math and science teachers have had some impact.
To help solve California's math and science teacher shortage, new programs aim to help mid-career professionals switch careers.
Sean Nank, American College of Education professor, discusses Common Core math, instructional strategies, curriculum and the beauty of patterns.
Although most were able to fill their positions, many offered residency programs and financial incentives to do that.
Among the 211 districts that participated in the survey, 75 percent indicated having a shortage of qualified teachers for the current school year.
If the ballot measure passes, it will likely increase the demand for bilingual teachers, who are already in short supply.
Most of California's largest school districts filled nearly all their job openings.
The district hired more than 400 teachers before school started last week.
One-fifth of California high schools will offer the course this year