Event Highlights - California's Emerging Teacher Shortage: New Evidence and Policy Responses

California’s supply of teachers is at a 12-year low. The trend continues as enrollment in educator preparation programs has dropped by more than 70 percent in the last decade. At a recent gathering in Sacramento, leading researchers, policy experts, and local practitioners looked at the problem in detail and offered solutions. The Education Policy Center at AIR, the Learning Policy Institute and Policy Analysis for California Education co-hosted the event.

Event Program (PDF)

Watch recordings of the speakers' remarks and panels:

Opening Remarks: California State Senator Carol Liu, District 25


Panel: California’s Emerging Teacher Shortage in Perspective

Louis Freedberg, EdSource (moderator); Dave Gordon, Sacramento County Office of Education; Jesse Levin, AIR; Kimberly Rodriguez, Office of Senate President pro Tempore; Patrick Shields, Learning Policy Institute; Leib Sutcher, Learning Policy Institute

Shields and Sutcher shares the findings of their new report, Addressing California’s Emerging Teacher Shortage:

Levin puts the state’s emerging teacher shortage in perspective, citing recent work in Massachusetts and Oklahoma:

Panelists discuss the latest research:

Panel: Critical Shortages


Joy Resmovits, Los Angeles Times (moderator); Patricia Gandara, UCLA; Lynn Holdheide, AIR; Roy Mendiola, Firebaugh Las Deltas Unified School District; Rick Pratt, Assembly Education Committee


Panel: Policy Responses, Pre-Service

Jill Tucker, San Francisco Chronicle (moderator); Ellie Fulbeck, AIR; Roneeta Guha, Learning Policy Institute; Theresa Montano, California Teachers Association; Mary Sandy, Commission on Teacher Credentialing


Keynote: Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University and Learning Policy Institute


Panel: Policy Responses, In-Service

Angela Minnici, AIR (moderator); Lindsay Burningham, San Diego Education Association; Dan Humphrey, Education Policy Consultant; Julia Koppich, J. Koppich & Associates; Katharine Strunk, USC


Closing Remarks: Susanna Loeb, PACE

Event Information

January 19, 2016
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM ET