California has been experiencing a shortage of teachers, especially in special education, bilingual education, and science, technology, engineering and technology, or STEM for some years. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the problem. EdSource is tracking how the shortage is impacting different districts and regions statewide. Many are working on aggressive tactics to recruit and retain teachers, including offering bonuses and other incentives, and building teacher “residency” programs.
A new state database of teacher assignments shows that 17% of K-12 classes in 2020-21 were taught by teachers without the credential or training to teach the course.
For long-term and lasting solutions, we must attract more young people to enter the teaching profession and give them the training and support they need to succeed.
California must invest more to attract and retain public school teachers when so many are considering quitting.
Covid challenges and student misbehavior push thousands of teachers to their limits and beyond.
State and federal legislators must enact measures to alleviate the conditions causing California teachers to quit. The public must demand action before we can't even keep our schools open.
Credentialed staff have been redeployed to schools across the district as part of Superintendent Alberto Carvalho's 100-day plan.
California has fewer credentialed teacher librarians in its school libraries per student than almost every state in the nation, a fact that research shows could be hurting students academically.
To increase educator diversity, state, county and district leaders should gather as a community to learn and share best practices for recruiting, supporting and retaining teachers of color.
Mentoring and support can make all the difference for new teachers, but when postponed, induction programs become a burden instead.
The potential for a bilingual California is not pie in the sky, but a real seed rooted in our diverse communities — but it will take investment to make it a reality.
California school districts have thousands of properties on which to build apartments for teachers struggling to pay rent, a new report details.
By partnering with external organizations to provide coaching and mentoring for their educators, schools can help teachers and principals more effectively address the needs of their students and communities.
California school districts are using various tactics to attract more teachers, but more remains to be done, a new report finds.
California districts are using pathway programs to hire more Black teachers and taking other steps to retain them.
California's teacher preparation requirements, especially the cumbersome Induction process, are driving qualified teachers away.