The emerging shortage of teachers in a growing number of districts and subject areas has cast a cold light on the numerous challenges facing the teaching profession. These include salaries that are much lower than those in jobs or professions that require as much or less academic preparation, an expectation that teachers can mitigate the impact of income levels and neighborhood conditions on academic performance, and the dwindling amount to time teachers have for professional learning and collaboration with other teachers. EdSource examines these challenges — and what can be done to overcome them.
Supporters of new funding for teacher recruitment programs said they're disappointed in Gov. Jerry Brown's initial state budget proposal.
David B. Cohen profiles some of the state's best teachers in his new book.
Added contributions will come on top of already rising expenses.
School employees in 25 school districts or county offices of education who want to become teachers are eligible to receive annual grants of up to $4,000 as part of an effort to add more teachers to the workforce.
Superintendents who lead districts where they grew up say they are motivated by a yearning to honor their mentors who nurtured them along the way.
The grants support programs that allow students to get a bachelor's degree and teaching credential in four years.
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.
The district has had three superintendents in the past four years.
Lindsay Unified, a small rural district in California's Central Valley, has embraced performance-based learning.
An EdSource survey of the state’s 30 largest districts shows that in 17 out of 30 districts, the superintendents have been in office for three years or less.
Four superintendents appointed in 2016 discuss their leadership approaches.
If the ballot measure passes, it will likely increase the demand for bilingual teachers, who are already in short supply.
Despite an increase in the number of candidates in teacher preparation programs, too few are seeking careers in math and science.