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The Status of The Teaching Profession 2011 Summary Report

March 5, 2019

Produced by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd, this 13th annual report on the California teacher workforce takes an extended look at principals in our Golden State and their vital role in supporting teacher effectiveness.The Center provides new information on budget cutbacks to teacher professional development, declining enrollment in preparation programs, drops in the rate of newly credentialed teachers, and escalating educator retirements.The report also looks at how California's school principals perceive their role and how well-prepared they are in helping their teachers become more effective educators.In addition to research and analyses, this report offers useful recommendations. How can we improve the state's system of teacher development and evaluation in ways that strengthen the quality of classroom practice? How can we help educators prepare for the challenge of implementing the Common Core State Standards?

How Protocols Empower Teacher Leaders to Lead and Teachers to Teach

October 16, 2018

Throughout the five-year Teacher Practice Networks initiative, teacher leaders have developed and demonstrated new leadership skills to help their peers engage in reflective professional learning focused on improving instruction. A common sentiment among teacher leaders is the realization that facilitating adult learning requires a different set of skills than teaching students, and that these new skills need to be deliberately learned and practiced.Using a tool, such as a protocol, in teacher-to-teacher professional learning both scaffolds teacher leaders' effectiveness to facilitate meaningful conversations and guides collaborative teacher communities to examine, reflect, and refine their practice. This CenterView describes three protocols designed to help teachers talk and listen in a focused way that can lead to change in practice. The three examples illustrate how teachers can use protocols to gain new insights and perspectives to apply to practice as they observe instruction, look at student work, or explore text with a critical lens. Helpful resources are included for exploring a wide range of protocols to meet different learning outcomes.

Teacher leadership works IT BUILDS, ENERGIZES, SUSTAINS

February 1, 2018

The Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning at WestEd reports on a teacher leadership survey designed to assess the impact teacher-to-teacher professional learning has on the professional growth of both teacher leaders and the teachers they support.

School Leadership: A Key to Teaching Quality

January 1, 2011

The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd sponsored a policy forum on leadership in spring 2010. Teachers, principals, superintendents, policymakers, and researchers participated in this key forum.

CenterView: Who Will be Left to Teach?

January 1, 2010

The number of individuals preparing to become teachers has declined considerably. What's more, routine lay-offs have damaged California's teacher workforce pipeline.

Ready to Succeed in the Classroom: Findings from Teacher Discussion Groups on their Experiences and Aspirations Teaching Students in the Foster Care System

January 1, 2010

In fall 2009, a team from the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd gathered six discussion groups to explore how classroom teachers work with children and youth in foster care to help improve their education outcomes.

Ready to Succeed in the Classroom (Summary for Teachers)

January 1, 2010

In fall 2009, a team from the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd gathered six discussion groups to explore how classroom teachers work with children and youth in foster care to help improve their education outcomes.

Sharing Data Between Child Welfare and Education to Improve Outcomes for Children and Youth in the Foster Care System

January 1, 2010

Many variables affect the lower education achievement and graduation rates of children and youth in foster care, but incomplete education records and missed opportunities to intervene academically are high on the list.

CenterView: Equity and Excellence in Education

January 1, 2009

Students in Calfornia's high-minority schools are five times more likely to have an underprepared teacher than their peers attending low-minority schools.

CenterView: Progress At Risk

January 1, 2009

Education services for students and teachers, once connected to state requirements, are now subject to local discretion and collective bargaining.

The Status of the Teaching Profession 2009 (Report)

January 1, 2009

This report, produced by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd, 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 Status of the Teaching Profession 2009 - Summary

January 1, 2009

This summary report, produced by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd, 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.