Nov 12 2020, 1:30 PM EST

Webinar—Closing California’s Opportunity Gap: Ensuring All Students Have Access to Fully Prepared Teachers

Sponsored by the Learning Policy Institute, California Partnership for the Future of Learning, California Teacher Residency Lab, EdPrepLab, The Education Trust—West, and Prepared to Teach

Thursday, November 12, 2020
10:30–11:30 a.m. PT

A well-prepared and stable teacher workforce is foundational to California’s ability to achieve equitable and excellent student outcomes and close achievement gaps. But ongoing and deepening teacher shortages remain a major challenge, and emerging signals suggest that shortages may worsen because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, California’s prior investments in teacher recruitment and retention are beginning to show promising outcomes and provide a foundation for the state to build upon.

Join the Learning Policy Institute, California Partnership for the Future of Learning, California Teacher Residency Lab, EdPrepLab, The Education Trust—West, and Prepared to Teach for a webinar featuring researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. Speakers will discuss the impacts of the state’s ongoing teacher shortages, as well as recruitment and retention strategies, including teacher residencies, that show promise in addressing this pressing problem. Presenters will also share findings from the report, Sharpening the Divide: How California’s Teacher Shortages Expand Inequality and the forthcoming report, "Sustainable Strategies for Funding Teacher Residencies: Lessons from California." Topics will include:

  • An update on the shape of California’s teacher shortages, including inequities in student access to a fully-prepared, diverse, and stable teacher workforce.
  • An examination of emerging outcomes from state efforts to address teacher shortages.
  • A deep dive into California’s teacher residencies, including the role that programs have played in whole-school improvement and boosting student achievement.
  • An analysis of the implications of COVID-19 for district staffing shortages.

A Q&A will follow the moderated conversation.

Speakers

  • Austin Beutner, Superintendent, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Desiree Carver-Thomas, Researcher and Policy Analyst, Learning Policy Institute
  • Naomi Ondrasek, Senior Researcher and Policy Advisor, Learning Policy Institute (moderator)
  • Jeanna Perry, Manager, Teacher Development, Fresno Unified School District
  • Mary Vixie Sandy, Executive Director, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Jeraldy Vega, Instructional Coach, Young Oak Kim Academy, Los Angeles Unified School District


Cover photo by Allison Shelley for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action.