Our Focus on Activating & Recruiting Future Teachers
The CSU is committed to eliminating the state's teacher shortage so that all public school students have access to well-prepared teachers. We are also committed to narrowing the diversity gap between the state's public school teachers and students. As shown in the graph below, students of color (i.e., non-white students) outnumbered teachers of color by 42 percentage points in 2016-17.
We are encouraged that this gap can be closed because in that same year 65% of the candidates in CSU's teacher credential programs were students of color. If the upward trend continues, the proportion of students of color graduating from CSU's credential programs will soon match that of the students of color in California public schools. This will help significantly to close the diversity gap since CSU educator preparation programs credential over half of the new teachers in California.
The collection of strategies on the Activate & Recruit page are designed to help the CSU and other teacher preparation programs attract and invite more students of color to the teaching profession.
Our Focus on Encouraging and Inspiring - Teacher Preparation Strategies
The resources on the Encourage and Inspire for Equity and Inclusion page are designed to support the preparation of teacher candidates with the perspectives and strategies necessary to recognize, value, and advance the cultural, social, and academic identities of diverse students served by California's schools and to partner with families and communities in supporting and sustaining student success in school. The California Department of Education reports that of the state's 6.2 million K-12 students,
61% are underrepresented students of color
20% are English Learners
72 languages are spoken in students' homes
Teachers must be prepared not only to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students, but also to recognize, appreciate, and support the full range of human diversity among the students they serve. For example,
1 in 8 California students (12.5%) is identified as having special education needs, according to the California Department of Education
1 in 5 California students (22.8%) lives in poverty, according to kidsdata.org
1 in 10 California students (10.3%) in middle and high schools identify as LGBTQ, according to the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.
We are pleased to provide a platform where faculty and teacher candidates can share and access resources that they have found useful in preparing teachers to meet these challenges and opportunities.