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.
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.
Database shows percentage of classes taught by teachers with the different qualifications.
Parents who do not have smartphones and personal computers need to have the same access to their children’s teachers as parents with the latest technology.
School districts struggle to hire bilingual teachers in all languages, but the shortage is more severe for teachers fluent in Asian languages.
Funding to train teachers and build school districts' capacity to provide high-quality instruction in math and science is a priority in Gov. Gavin Newsom's budget, but not in the Legislature's. The governor is right.
State commission hopes new credential will help attract thousands of teachers for transitional kindergarten; literacy advocates press for strong literacy standards.
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.
A new teaching residency in California targets Black student success.
Covid challenges and student misbehavior push thousands of teachers to their limits and beyond.
The state's "whole child" model stresses collaborating with parents, teachers and community organizations; 265 districts are to receive initial funding.
Some, including key lawmaker, say California teachers won't be properly prepared to teach ethnic studies requirement without special training.
California and local school boards must allow parents to mentor their children on gender matters.
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.
Polls show that Californians have the will to invest in child care and teachers’ wages. Do the governor and lawmakers?