California school districts receive unprecedented windfall but lack teachers to help students catch up
A longstanding teacher shortage grew worse during the pandemic, and districts will have to decide which programs to staff and those they won’t.
“To fill vacancies, school district officials have turned to underqualified teachers working on intern, short-term or provisional intern permits who have not completed the testing, coursework and student teaching required for a preliminary or clear credential. They also allow fully credentialed teachers with limited assignment permits or waivers to teach outside their subject areas to fill staffing needs.”
Click here for the full article from EdSource.
Internship Announcement: Social Media Promotion and Coordination
Santa Clarita Environmental Education Consortium (SCEEC). Length of Position: 6 to 12 months
Up to Two (2) Positions Available. Under the direction of the Board of Santa Clarita Environmental Education Consortium (SCEEC), especially the SCEEC Support Staff and Public Relations Officer, this position’s main tasks are to provide timely and accurate information to the public through social media outlets and to assist with communication between SCEEC and local schools about the programs & events SCCEC offers. For more information please read the flyer.
Governor suspends California teaching testing requirements for candidates impacted by coronavirus closures
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The California Department of Education (CDE) shares the Recommendations of the Superintendent’s Transition Team for Addressing the Teacher Shortage.
The recommendations were developed over the course of four meetings—two virtual meetings and two in-person meetings—with additional input gathered using two surveys. Although the Transition Team narrowed its priorities to two short-term goals and one long-term goal, all of the recommendations of the team are included in the Appendix. Click here for the full report.
Cerritos College receives more than $1M in gifts to prepare future educators!
Cerritos College’s Teacher TRAC program received a legacy gift of more than $1 million to support aspiring teachers. Two educators who arranged to leave their estate to the Cerritos College Foundation made the gift anonymously. The funds will go toward ensuring long-term continuity of the College’s award-winning teacher preparation program. Click here for the press release.
The TEACH Los Angeles Regional Collaborative website www.teachlarc.org is now LIVE!
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California Community Colleges (CCC) & California State University (CSU) Collaboration in Teacher Education
The CCC-CSU teacher preparation framework was recently completed by the California Community College (CCC) Teacher Preparation Programs (TPP) and the California State University (CSU) system Department of Educator Preparation and Public School Programs. Select the link for a copy of the collaboration letter.
Spotlight: Yadira Arellano and Teaching Dual Enrollment
“Educator Spotlight” highlights practitioners and researchers in order to learn student success strategies from them. These strategies can be evidence-based, research-based, and/or promising practices.
Yadira Arellano, Dual Enrollment Faculty, Rio Hondo College, El Camino College, and East Los Angeles College Read more at: http://www.continuous-learner.com/2018/08/spotlight-yadira-arellano-teaching-dual.html
Taking the Long View: State Efforts to Solve Teacher Shortages by Strengthening the Profession
Taking the Long View: State Efforts to Solve Teacher Shortages by Strengthening the Profession focuses on six evidence-based policies that states are pursuing to address their teacher shortages by strengthening, rather than weakening, their educator workforce. It also takes a close look at the state of Washington, where state policymakers have taken a comprehensive approach to addressing teacher shortages and improving the educator workforce by implementing many of the evidence-based policies described in the report. Read more here: https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/product/long-view-report
Fix California’s shortage of qualified teachers, or Brown’s school reforms will fail
As budget negotiations move into their final stages, California policymakers must make a decision that will have profound consequences for California’s public school students and the state’s future: Are they ready to make the serious investments necessary to resolve California’s severe teacher shortages and build the strong and stable workforce needed to prepare our students for the high-tech, knowledge-based economy they will enter?
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum
Congratulations to the Hartnell/CSUMB Teacher Pathway graduating students!
The first cohort of the Hartnell/CSUMB Teacher Pathway graduation ceremony took place on May 16, 2018, in King City, welcoming students and families alike with smiles on their face. The Teacher Pathway program would not have been possible without generous funding from the State Chancellor’s office and from the Claire Giannini Fund. President Lewallen spoke to the students about their future and praised their success. Starting this Fall, the students will pursue two more years of study with CSUMB teaching at the Hartnell King City Center, pioneering the very first baccalaureate program offered in South County. The second cohort of over 40 students is continuing in the Fall, with the third cohort getting ready to start. As we grow our own, these local graduates will be well placed to address the dire need for quality teachers and stability in our region.
Articles & News on Teacher Preparation
High school students earn honors in state competition for aspiring teachers. Click here for the full article at the OCDE Newsroom.
Carolyn Jones from EdSource shares insights into the teacher shortage. Click here.
Louis Freedberg from EdSource discusses teacher shortages in California. Click here.
This CNN article provides insight into the issues with teacher shortages. Click here.
The Mercury News article discusses various strategies around teacher retention. Click here.
The teacher shortage crisis is explained in detail by The San Diego Union Tribune. Click here.
Data points from the California Teachers Association on the teacher shortage crisis. Click here.
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