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2013
Preparing for the Common Core: Using Performance Assessment Tasks for Professional Development
– Release Date: Dec 19, 2013
Preparing for the Common Core: Using Performance Assessment Tasks for Professional Development

Preparing for the Common Core: Using Performance Assessment Tasks for Professional Development presents findings from districts’ experiences piloting performance assessment tasks aligned to the Common Core State Standards.


 
Teacher Retirement Trends in California: 2006/07–2011/12
– Release Date: Nov 26, 2013
Teacher Retirement Trends in California: 2006/07–2011/12

Teacher Retirement Trends in California: 2006/07–2011/12 presents an analysis of data from the California Department of Education and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System which suggests that, over the next 5 to 10 years, teacher retirements alone will not likely lead to a shortage of fully certified and willing teachers. Policy decisions and demographic changes might shift the balance of the teacher labor market and should be closely monitored to avoid potential teacher shortages in the future.


 
The Invisible Achievement Gap, Part 1
– Release Date: Oct 14, 2013
The Invisible Achievement Gap, Part 1

The Invisible Achievement Gap, Part 1 is a statewide analysis of students in foster care that reveals these students constitute a distinct, educationally at-risk subgroup and details a previously invisible achievement gap that exists between students in foster care and other students, including those in other at-risk subgroups.

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District Table for Antelope Valley

District Table for Elk Grove

District Table for Fresno

District Table for LAUSD

District Table for Long Beach

District Table for Moreno Valley

District Table for Sacramento City

District Table for San Bernardino City

District Table for San Diego

District Table for San Francisco

Technical Memo

 
2012
College Bound in Middle School & High School? How Math Course Sequences Matter
– Release Date: Nov 30, 2012
College Bound in Middle School & High School? How Math Course Sequences Matter

College Bound in Middle School & High School? How Math Course Sequences Matter examines the course-taking patterns and performance in mathematics for 24,000 California students, spanning 7th grade through high school, and finds that there is no clear path to mathematics learning in California.

Full Report

Press Release

 
Untapped Potential: The Status of Middle School Science Education in California
– Release Date: Mar 22, 2012
Untapped Potential: The Status of Middle School Science Education in California

Untapped Potential: The Status of Middle School Science Education in California finds that the state’s middle schools have the potential to provide students with high quality science education, but significant challenges limit opportunities for science learning, leaving that potential unfulfilled.

Press Release

Full Report

Presenter's Kit

 
CenterView: Lost Opportunities: The Status of Science Education in California Middle Schools
– Release Date: Mar 22, 2012
CenterView: Lost Opportunities: The Status of Science Education in California Middle Schools

A statewide study of middle school science education finds that inadequate preparation of students in elementary schools, large class sizes, reduced funding and lack of access to needed materials are cited as barriers to high quality science instruction in California's middle schools.

CenterView

 
CenterView: Willing but Not Yet Ready: A glimpse of California teachers’ preparedness for the Common Core State Standards
– Release Date: Feb 22, 2012
CenterView: Willing but Not Yet Ready: A glimpse of California teachers’ preparedness for the Common Core State Standards

With California on the precipice of implementing the Common Core State Standards, teachers are reporting that they are not ready for the transition.


 
2011
The Status of the Teaching Profession 2011
– Release Date: Dec 13, 2011
The Status of the Teaching Profession 2011

The Status of the Teaching Profession 2011 finds that the state’s historic budget cutbacks present significant challenges to classroom teachers and school site leaders are struggling to find the time, resources and capacity they need to meet the dual challenges of effective school management and ensuring quality instruction for California’s students. The report also provides new information on key issues impacting the teaching workforce, including more than $100 million in cutbacks to teacher professional development, a dramatic decline of more than 50% in the enrollment of prospective teachers in preparation programs, a 40% drop in the production of newly credentialed teachers, and escalating educator retirements.

Amid an increasing state and national focus on teaching quality, the report also examines the capacity of principals to conduct teacher evaluations. While a majority of principals have prior experience in key areas of evaluation, more than one third of principals say they had no or minimal experience in formally evaluating teachers prior to becoming a principal. One quarter report they had no or minimal experience in conducting classroom observations. Once on the job, about one third of principals say they receive minimal or no professional development in these areas of teacher evaluation.

The report includes recommendations for strengthening teaching and leadership in California’s schools focused on improving the state’s system of teacher development and evaluation in ways that strengthen the quality of classroom practice and address the challenge of preparing for the implementation of the new Common Core State Standards.

Full Report

Summary Report

Presenter's Kit

Press Release

 
High Hopes – Few Opportunities: The Status of Elementary Science Education in California
– Release Date: Oct 25, 2011
High Hopes – Few Opportunities: The Status of Elementary Science Education in California

High Hopes – Few Opportunities: The Status of Elementary Science Education in California reveals that intense pressure to meet accountability goals in mathematics and English has limited time for science, and teachers and schools do not have the infrastructure support needed to consistently provide students with quality science learning opportunities.

Press Release

Summary Report

Full Report

Presenter's Kit

 
CenterView: Scientific Literacy: The Missing Ingredient
– Release Date: Feb 04, 2011
CenterView: Scientific Literacy: The Missing Ingredient

Results on NAEP science tests show California trails the nation in students’ scientific literacy. At the same time, public opinion research finds that Californians strongly support increased time and resources devoted to science education.


 
School Leadership: A Key to Teaching Quality
– Release Date: Jan 21, 2011
School Leadership: A Key to Teaching Quality

This policy brief represents a professional consensus regarding what policymakers should know about the role of school site leadership in order to ensure an adequate pool of effective leaders capable of guiding and supporting high quality teaching practice.

Policy Brief

 
2010
California’s Teaching Force 2010: Key Issues and Trends
– Release Date: Dec 14, 2010
California’s Teaching Force 2010: Key Issues and Trends

California’s Teaching Force 2010 details the impact of the recent budget cuts and policy shifts on California’s teaching workforce. Cumulative cuts of more than $20 billion from California’s schools over the past three years have made it tougher for teachers to help students meet increasing expectations for academic achievement and have badly damaged the state’s ability to recruit and prepare new teachers needed for the future. The report also examines the state’s system of teacher evaluation and makes clear the critical need for an effective data system to strengthen education in the state.

Press Release

Summary Report

Full Research Report

Presenter’s Kit

 
Sharing Data Between Child Welfare and Education to Improve Outcomes for Children and Youth in the Foster Care System
– Release Date: Nov 10, 2010
Sharing Data Between Child Welfare and Education to Improve Outcomes for Children and Youth in the Foster Care System

This policy brief outlines the steps needed to ensure more comprehensive and timely sharing of child welfare and education data for students in the foster care system so that the professionals charged with helping them can make informed decisions.

Policy Brief

 
A Priority for California's Future: Science for Students
– Release Date: Sep 15, 2010
A Priority for California's Future: Science for Students

This report, based on public opinion research, finds that Californians believe science education should be a priority for the state’s schools and that science should be taught early and more often. To strengthen science education, Californians want schools to have more resources and equipment, and they strongly support providing teachers with specialized training. This is the first in a series of reports produced by the Strengthening Science Education in California initiative.

Press Release

Summary Report

Full Research Report

Presenter’s Kit

 
Ready to Succeed in the Classroom
– Release Date: Jun 25, 2010
Ready to Succeed in the Classroom
This suite of publications is focused on the educational outcomes of one of our most vulnerable populations – children and youth in the foster care system.

Ready to Succeed in the Classroom brings forward the voices of experienced classroom teachers.   In the fall of 2009, a team from the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning convened six discussion groups to explore how classroom teachers work with children and youth in the foster care system to help improve their educational outcomes.  These discussions produced ideas, advice, strategies, and “wish lists” that went far beyond the classroom.   Specific classroom strategies and tips are included in the summary report for teachers.  Ideas about how schools, districts, and communities can better meet the needs of these children and youth are summarized in discussion cards specific to each respective group.  Each document stands alone or can be read with others. 
Full report

Summary report for Teachers

Discussion card for Schools

Discussion card for Districts

Discussion card for Communities

 
CenterView: Who Will be Left to Teach?
– Release Date: May 25, 2010
CenterView: Who Will be Left to Teach?
The routine issuance of pink slips has already damaged California’s teacher workforce pipeline. This CenterView takes a close at the data and makes specific recommendations.

 
Grappling with the Gaps: Toward a Research Agenda to Meet the Educational Needs of Children and Youth in Foster Care
– Release Date: May 03, 2010
Grappling with the Gaps: Toward a Research Agenda to Meet the Educational Needs of Children and Youth in Foster Care
This paper, based on interviews conducted with 12 nationally recognized researchers and other experts in education, child welfare, and related policy and practice issues, sets the groundwork for developing new research priorities for improving policies and practices related to the educational outcomes of children and youth in foster care. Collectively, these experts describe the existing research gaps that contribute to the generally dismal education outcomes of students in foster care.
Research Report

 
2009
The Status of the Teaching Profession 2009
– Release Date: Dec 14, 2009
The Status of the Teaching Profession 2009

This report finds that California’s teacher development system is not adequately aligned with high school reforms that seek to increase rigor, make instruction more relevant and foster more personal and supportive learning environments for students. The research further indicates that high school teacher knowledge and skills differ substantially by school poverty level.  The report also includes the latest available data on demand, supply, qualifications and distribution of the state’s K-12 teacher workforce. 

Full Research Report

Summary Report

Presenter’s Kit

 
CenterView: Equity and Excellence in Education
– Release Date: Nov 18, 2009
CenterView: Equity and Excellence in Education
Progress has been made in reducing the number of underprepared teachers in California but inequities remain in where those underprepared teachers are assigned.

 
Creating a Well-prepared Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce: How Do We Get from Here to There?
– Release Date: Apr 28, 2009
Creating a Well-prepared Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce: How Do We Get from Here to There?
This summary report, based on a symposium which included California science and mathematics teachers, policy makers, researchers, and representatives from business, industry, and higher education, captures the major issues considered by participants as well as the ways in which California can work effectively toward strengthening STEM teaching and learning.

 
CenterView: Progress At Risk
– Release Date: Apr 08, 2009
CenterView: Progress At Risk
This CenterView addresses the critical issues of equity and teaching quality and asks educators and policymakers to carefully monitor the impact of the budget cuts on California’s longstanding educational goals.

 
Strengthening California’s System for Preparing and Supporting Principals: Lessons from Exemplary Programs
– Release Date: Mar 31, 2009
Strengthening California’s System for Preparing and Supporting Principals: Lessons from Exemplary Programs
The research brief focuses on major challenges facing the education leadership workforce, reviews existing data about California principals, provides an overview of the state’s current efforts, and draws upon what is known about promising programs in other states.

 
2008
California’s Teaching Force 2008: Key Issues and Trends
– Release Date: Dec 10, 2008
California’s Teaching Force 2008: Key Issues and Trends

This report updates data on the state’s teacher workforce and raises serious questions about the current capacity of the teaching force to help students meet the academic goals the state has set for them. It finds that a grim budget outlook, complex challenges to the supply and assignment of public school teachers, and the lack of an effective teacher data system pose significant hurdles to California’s ability to meet increasing demands for students’ high academic performance.

Full Research Report

Summary Report and Fact Sheets

Presenter’s Kit

 
CenterView: California’s Approach to Math Instruction Still Doesn’t Add Up
– Release Date: Jul 11, 2008
CenterView: California’s Approach to Math Instruction Still Doesn’t Add Up
Provides an update on the 2005 CenterView featuring 8th grade Algebra I. Finds that not much has changed in three years with California middle school students still struggling in Algebra I and 32% of middle school math teachers lacking a subject matter credential in math.

 
CenterView: Ready to Succeed
– Release Date: Jun 13, 2008
CenterView: Ready to Succeed
Examines the current educational conditions faced by foster youth in California and offers recommendations to improve outcomes for the over 74,000 foster youth in the state\'s care.

 
CenterView: Focusing on Teaching: A New Perspective to Drive Teaching Quality
– Release Date: Apr 25, 2008
CenterView: Focusing on Teaching: A New Perspective to Drive Teaching Quality
California is in the position to take the next step to strengthen its public schools. The creation of a broader, coherent, and consistent teacher development system will ensure every teaching professional has the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skill to be effective in the classroom.

 
Ready to Succeed: Changing Systems to Give California’s Foster Children the Opportunities They Deserve to be Ready for and Succeed in School
– Release Date: Apr 19, 2008
Ready to Succeed: Changing Systems to Give California’s Foster Children the Opportunities They Deserve to be Ready for and Succeed in School

This report, released by The California Education Collaborative for Children in Foster Care, calls for a sharper focus on the educational outcomes for children in foster care and offers recommendations for strengthening the policies and systems that support them.

Full Research Report

Summary Report

 
Teaching Quality in California: A New Perspective to Guide Policy
– Release Date: Mar 19, 2008
Teaching Quality in California: A New Perspective to Guide Policy

This policy brief represents a professional consensus regarding the dimensions of teaching quality and the issues that need to be addressed if California is to ensure high quality instruction for all students. It is based on the work of an expert panel of education stakeholders who reviewed research, met with outside experts, and discussed in depth the issue of teaching quality.


 
CenterView: California Two-Step is No Plan for School Reform
– Release Date: Mar 05, 2008
CenterView: California Two-Step is No Plan for School Reform
California's budget crisis jeopardizes the progress made in strengthening the teaching workforce. The threat of impending teacher layoffs will weaken the teacher preparation pipeline and affect the state's ability to attract and retain thousands of teachers it can't afford to lose.

 
2007
The Status of the Teaching Profession 2007
– Release Date: Dec 03, 2007
The Status of the Teaching Profession 2007

This report provides the latest available data and analysis of California’s teaching workforce and the challenges confronting the state’s educators and policy-makers. Findings show California has reduced the number of underprepared teachers by more than 25,000 over the past five years, though staffing challenges still persist. The report also examines how quality is measured across key points in a teacher’s career - teacher preparation, hiring, and evaluation - and concludes that California currently does not have a coherent teacher development system to recruit, prepare, hire and mentor new teachers, or provide necessary support to veteran teachers.

Full Research Report

Summary Report and Fact Sheets

Presenter’s Kit

Our Next Steps: Recommendations Supplement

 
CenterView: “Out-Of-Field” Teaching Assignments
– Release Date: Sep 01, 2007
CenterView: “Out-Of-Field” Teaching Assignments
Examines the prevalence of out-of-field teaching in California's high schools. Recent data show that 20% of high school physical science teachers have a credential in something other than physical science and that the practice of assigning teachers out-of-field is widespread across all high schools in the state.

 
CenterView: Why Do Teachers Leave?
– Release Date: Aug 01, 2007
CenterView: Why Do Teachers Leave?
Reviews findings from a survey on why teachers leave the profession and what might prompt them to stay or return to the classroom. Based on research conducted by Dr. Ken Futernick of the California State University's Center for Teacher Quality.

 
CenterView: California’s Emerging Teacher Data System
– Release Date: May 01, 2007
CenterView: California’s Emerging Teacher Data System
Presents the need for sound, reliable teacher workforce information and outlines what the recent passage of SB 1614 (Simitian, 2006) can (and cannot) offer in terms of creating a comprehensive, longitudinal teacher workforce data system in California.

 
A Possible Dream: Retaining California Teachers So All Students Learn
– Release Date: Apr 26, 2007
A Possible Dream: Retaining California Teachers So All Students Learn
This report, authored by Dr. Ken Futernick and released by the California State University’s Center for Teacher Quality, states that California can ease its critical teacher shortage and encourage teachers to work in hard-to-staff schools by making meaningful improvements to the teaching and learning environment. Based on an online survey of nearly 2000 teachers, the report provides insights into the reasons teachers leave, and offers specific recommendations on what California policymakers and education leaders can do to get more qualified teachers to stay. The report cites research showing 22 percent of California teachers leave the profession after their first four years in the classroom. Additionally, 10 percent of teachers transfer away from high poverty schools each year. California spends more than $455 million each year to recruit, hire, and prepare replacement teachers. The most serious consequence of high teacher turnover is the loss of continuity, experience and expertise that negatively impacts the educational experience of students.

 
Critical Path Analysis of California's Science and Mathematics Teacher Preparation System
– Release Date: Mar 28, 2007
Critical Path Analysis of California's Science and Mathematics Teacher Preparation System
This report provides data specific to the mathematics and science teaching workforce in California. Findings include that more than ten percent of all math and science teachers are underprepared, including more than one third of novice math and science teachers. And that at the current rate of teacher preparation, California will fall short by 30 percent of the fully prepared math and science teachers needed by California schools. While acknowledging the important progress made by policymakers in strengthening teaching in California in recent years, the report calls for concrete action to ensure high quality math and science instruction for all students in all grades.
Full Research Report

 
2006
California’s Teaching Force 2006: Key Issues and Trends
– Release Date: Dec 06, 2006
California’s Teaching Force 2006: Key Issues and Trends

This report provides the latest available data and analysis of California’s teaching workforce and the challenges confronting the state’s educators and policy-makers. While the report finds progress toward reducing the shortage of teachers, it raises concerns about low student achievement and the implications for the state’s ability to meet the proficiency requirements of No Child Left Behind. The report also highlights the need for continued vigilance in efforts to reduce teacher shortages, particularly in special education, mathematics and science, and in certain geographic regions.

Full Research Report

Summary Report and Fact Sheets

Presenter’s Kit

 
CenterView: No Child Left Behind Implementation Update
– Release Date: Aug 01, 2006
CenterView: No Child Left Behind Implementation Update
Provides an update on California's progress in meeting the requirement under No Child Left Behind that all teachers are "highly qualified." In 2004-05, 74% of all core academic classes were taught by NCLB-compliant teachers, yet the state’s high-minority schools reported fewer “highly qualified” teachers than the low-minority schools.

 
2005
The Status of the Teaching Profession 2005
– Release Date: Dec 07, 2005
The Status of the Teaching Profession 2005

This report provides the latest available data and analysis of California’s teaching workforce and identifies the challenges confronting the state’s educators and policymakers. While the report acknowledges the gains made by California in reducing the number of teachers working on emergency permits, it also documents the unfair assignment of the least prepared teachers and a resurgent teacher shortage at a time when California is greatly challenged by high stakes state and federal requirements.

Full Research Report

Summary Report and Fact Sheets

Presenter’s Kit

 
CenterView: Special Education: Every Teacher's Responsibility
– Release Date: Aug 01, 2005
CenterView: Special Education: Every Teacher's Responsibility
Examines the professional development and support that teachers receive to help them work with students with special needs. In our survey, 88% of all teachers reported having special education students in their classes, yet only 30% reported having adequate training to effectively teach those students.

 
CenterView: Listening to Teachers of English Language Learners
– Release Date: Jul 01, 2005
CenterView: Listening to Teachers of English Language Learners
Reviews findings from a survey of more than 5,000 California teachers, which found that teachers participate in few professional development opportunities targeted on working effectively with second language learners, despite their making up 25% of the student population.

 
CenterView: Where Have All The Teachers Gone?
– Release Date: Jun 01, 2005
CenterView: Where Have All The Teachers Gone?
Presents a strong case for the creation of a statewide teacher data system by highlighting some of the simple teacher workforce questions that cannot be answered because such a system does not currently exist.

 
Listening to Teachers of English Language Learners
– Release Date: May 12, 2005
Listening to Teachers of English Language Learners

This survey of more than 5,000 California teachers examines their experiences, challenges and professional development needs in teaching the state’s more than 1.6 million students designated as English learners. Listening to Teachers of English Language Learners was a collaborative project of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), the University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute (UC LMRI) and the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning.


 
CenterView: California's Approach to Math Instruction Doesn't Add Up
– Release Date: Apr 01, 2005
CenterView: California's Approach to Math Instruction Doesn't Add Up
Reviews the low performance of California students in Algebra I alongside data showing that a large number of middle school Algebra I teachers do not have a mathematics credential.

 
2004
California’s Teaching Force 2004: Key Issues and Trends
– Release Date: Dec 08, 2004
California’s Teaching Force 2004: Key Issues and Trends

This report provides the latest available data and analysis of California’s teaching workforce and examines the preparation, induction and professional development of teachers. The report also discusses the contextual issues facing the California education system today, including the No Child Left Behind legislation, the California High School Exit Exam, and the settlement of the Williams v. California lawsuit.

Full Research Report

Summary Report and Fact Sheets

Presenter’s Kit

 
CenterView: Special Education – Not So Special for Some
– Release Date: Aug 01, 2004
CenterView: Special Education – Not So Special for Some
Describes how California's growing population of special education students is held to the same high standards of achievement as their general education peers even though there is a significant shortage of credentialed special education teachers. The problem is particularly troublesome in schools serving high proportions of poor and minority students.

 
CenterView: Science Teaching and California's Future
– Release Date: Jun 01, 2004
CenterView: Science Teaching and California's Future
Describes the factors influencing the serious shortage of fully prepared and effective science teachers. Data show that the least prepared among these science teachers are concentrated in low-performing schools, a fact that raises questions about equal access to quality science instruction, particularly for the state’s low-income and minority students.

 
CenterView: No Child Left Behind and the Federal Mandate that all California Teachers Be “Highly Qualified”
– Release Date: May 01, 2004
CenterView: No Child Left Behind and the Federal Mandate that all California Teachers Be “Highly Qualified”
Based on 2002-03 data, this edition of CenterView takes an early look at California's ability to meet the requirement under the No Child Left Behind legislation that all teachers be "highly qualified" by the end of the 2005-2006 school year.

 
CenterView: A Collision Course: High Expectations for Students, Low Investment in Teacher Training
– Release Date: Apr 01, 2004
CenterView: A Collision Course: High Expectations for Students, Low Investment in Teacher Training
Documents the increasing expectations for student achievement at the same time that investments in teacher development are diminishing. This collision course raises serious concerns for California's students, especially those in low-performing schools which are most impacted.

 
2003
The Status of the Teaching Profession 2003: Research Findings and Policy Recommendations
– Release Date: Dec 10, 2003
The Status of the Teaching Profession 2003: Research Findings and Policy Recommendations

This report provides the latest available data and analysis of California's teaching workforce and examines the preparation, induction and professional development of teachers. The report also examines the preparation of those assigned to teach special education and English language learning students, and the shortage of qualified teachers in the fields of mathematics and science.

Full Research Report

Summary Report

Presenter’s Kit

 
Focus on Quality: Californians’ Views on Teachers and Teaching
– Release Date: Jan 30, 2003
Focus on Quality: Californians’ Views on Teachers and Teaching

This 2002 statewide public opinion survey highlights the priorities of Californians, their attitudes about spending on education, their opinions about key issues such as teacher qualifications, and priorities for the steps the state should take to improve its system of public education. The survey shows Californians believe that education is the top priority for the state to address right now, and that the public supports spending more, not less, on improving public education.

Full Research Report

Summary Report

Presenter’s Kit

 
2002
California's Teaching Force: Key Issues and Trends 2002
– Release Date: Dec 11, 2002
California's Teaching Force: Key Issues and Trends 2002

This interim report provides the latest available data and projections on the shortage of teachers in California and the continuing concentration of the state's underprepared teachers in schools serving poor and minority students. The report also measures California's progress in recruiting, preparing and supporting teachers, and provides a new, first-time analysis of California's High School Exit Exam results by teacher qualification.

Summary Report

Expanded Report

 
Who is Teaching California's Children?
– Release Date: Oct 08, 2002
Who is Teaching California's Children?

This brief examines the education and experience levels of the state's underprepared teachers and compares them with those of certificated teachers. The brief also analyzes and compares the distribution of California teachers, both credentialed and uncredentialed, by their experience and education levels.


 
California Teachers' Perceptions of National Board Certification
– Release Date: May 28, 2002
California Teachers' Perceptions of National Board Certification

This summary of the research on California National Board Certified teachers offers a clear picture of their attitudes about and perceptions of the certification process and its utility.

Summary Report

Full Research Report

 
Strengthening California's Teacher Information System
– Release Date: Apr 29, 2002
Strengthening California's Teacher Information System

Many key questions about the teacher workforce cannot be answered using current data systems because of the combined effects of lack of coordination and poor data linkage. California needs improved coordination of separate agency efforts to link these datasets through straightforward actions and leadership.


 
2001
The Status of the Teaching Profession 2001
– Release Date: Dec 12, 2001
The Status of the Teaching Profession 2001
Full Research Report

Summary Report

 
2000
Preparing Teachers for Diversity: A Dilemma of Quality and Quantity, by Patricia Gandara and Julie Maxwell-Jolly
– Release Date: Apr 13, 2000
Preparing Teachers for Diversity: A Dilemma of Quality and Quantity, by Patricia Gandara and Julie Maxwell-Jolly

This paper documents the characteristics of California's existing student and teacher population, explores research on the effect on students of having teachers who are from minority groups and/or teachers who earn credentials from programs that focus on diversity issues, identifies barriers to increasing the number of teachers with diverse backgrounds in the workforce, and makes recommendations to increase the pool of minority teachers and to improve the preparation of teachers to perform effectively with diverse students.


 
1999
The Status of the Teaching Profession 1999
– Release Date: Dec 03, 1999
The Status of the Teaching Profession 1999
Full Research Report

Summary Report

 
Professional Development for Teachers: Setting the Stage for Learning from Teaching, by Linda Darling-Hammond
– Release Date: Oct 15, 1999
Professional Development for Teachers: Setting the Stage for Learning from Teaching, by Linda Darling-Hammond
This paper states that an effective teacher is one who learns from teaching rather than one who has finished learning how to teach. Thus, this paper frames the job of teacher education and ongoing professional development as developing the capacity of the teacher to inquire reflectively and systematically into the nature of learning and the effects of teaching.

 
1998
Good Teaching Matters... A Lot, by Kati Haycock
– Release Date: Dec 15, 1998
Good Teaching Matters... A Lot, by Kati Haycock

This paper explains that poor and minority youngsters will achieve at the same high levels as other students if they are taught at those levels. Good schools and good teachers really DO make a difference.


 

 

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