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Policy Brief: The Building Blocks of High-Quality Early Childhood Education Programs
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| When it comes to early childhood education programs, quality is critical. High-quality preschool gives children a strong start on the path that leads to college and career success. This brief summarizes the substantial body of research on programs demonstrating positive results, as well as the professional standards for early education, including identifying important elements of quality.
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Evidence-Based Interventions: A Guide for States
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| The new Every Student Succeeds Act offers states flexibility to create new approaches to school accountability and to design appropriate interventions for schools in need of assistance. This brief provides an overview of four commonly used interventions that, when well implemented, have been shown to increase opportunities and improve performance, particularly for historically underserved students. It also identifies the conditions under which they have been effective.
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Policy Brief: The Building Blocks of High-Quality Early Childhood Education Programs
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| This brief identifies important elements of high-quality early childhood education programs as indicated by research and professional standards, with a focus on factors that contribute to meaningful teacher-child interactions. With California the home to 493,877 preschool-age children living in or near poverty, these findings hold particular interest for the Golden State, as low-income children are most likely to benefit from high-quality pre-k programs.
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Teacher working with two young students
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| After many years of teacher layoffs in California, school districts are using an influx of new k–12 funding to hire again. However, the supply of teachers has not kept pace with the increased demand. This brief and corresponding report examine shortage indicators, discuss their impact on students, analyze factors that influence teacher supply and demand in California and nationally, and recommend policies to ensure an adequate supply of fully prepared teachers where they are needed.
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Teacher working with two young students
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| Recruitment and retention challenges are once again leading to teacher shortages across the nation, especially in urban and rural school districts. This brief looks at the teacher residency model, a promising approach to addressing recruitment and retention challenges in high-needs districts and in shortage subject areas. The teacher residency model creates long-term benefits for districts, for schools, and ultimately and most importantly, for the students they serve.
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Teacher working with two young students
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| As teacher shortages once again become widespread in California and across the nation, discussions of how to recruit and retain high-quality teachers are occupying center stage in policy circles. Newly emerging residency programs offer an innovative approach to recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers. Currently, the state has at least 10 such programs meeting critical hiring needs for a number of districts and charter schools in urban and rural areas.
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What Voters Think About the Teacher Shortage
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| Throughout the summer and into the fall of 2015, school districts across the state struggled to fill vacant teaching positions with qualified staff. In fall of 2015, a Field Poll of California voters revealed that Californians are well aware of the emerging shortage of K-12 public school teachers and think the state should take decisive action to rectify the situation.