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California has made historic changes to its early learning policy with its commitment to expand transitional kindergarten (TK) to all 4-year-olds in the state by 2025-26. Because TK expansion will require the addition of as many as 11,000 new lead teachers in California, the most important and immediate need is the recruitment and training of qualified staff, particularly lead and assistant TK teachers with expertise in child development.
This webinar features experts from across the state examining the important role that teacher residencies can play in expanding a well-prepared TK workforce, including programs receiving support from expanded investments in the California Teacher Residency Grant Program. Presenters shared models for TK residency design, discussed how recent state investments can be used to support TK residencies, and reflected on the implications for early childhood education.
Sarah Neville-Morgan, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education
Carla Bryant, Executive Director, Center for District Innovation and Leadership in Early Education
Hyunja Chung, 3rd Grade Teacher and University of California, Los Angeles IMPACT Teacher Residency Program graduate
Helen Davis, Program Director ECE-TESOL, UCLA Extension
Jeanna Perry, Manager, Teacher Development, Fresno Unified School District
Ezequiel Rodriguez, 1st Grade Teacher and Fresno Teacher Residency Program graduate
Cathy Yun (moderator), Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute