Teaching and California's Future
The goal of Teaching and California’s Future is to strengthen the entire system of teacher development from preparation through ongoing professional development. We work toward better teaching and, in turn, better student learning by using current and reliable information to draw attention to the issues of teaching quality and making recommendations for program improvements and policies that build a more coherent and effective system of teacher preparation and continuing development.
A key feature of Teaching and California’s Future has been a task force that brings together individuals and organizations who share both an interest in improving the quality of education in California and a commitment to ongoing research and analysis of teacher development public policy issues. Our partners in this work have included the California State University, Public Policy Institute of California, and the University of California Office of the President.
From 1997-2011, SRI International partnered with the Center to produce an annual inventory of California’s teacher workforce. That report, The Status of the Teaching Profession, was a much anticipated and informative resource for members of the education leadership and policy communities. It contained the most recent information available on teacher supply and demand, thereby enabling the tracking developments in the field of teacher development such as the maldistribution of underprepared teachers and trends in teacher preparation, recruitment, induction, and professional development.
Beginning in 2013, the Center adopted a new model of tracking teacher workforce trends. Continuing our partnership with SRI International, we will conduct a limited analysis of teacher distribution data to identify any trends of interest or concern.
Teaching and California’s Future also includes the development of policy briefs and public opinion polling on education and teacher quality issues to inform policy-makers and the public. For a complete list of Teaching and California’s Future publications please visit our publications page.