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Who Will Teach Our Children: Exploring California's Teacher Shortage

Monday, March 7, 2016 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm PST
The James Irvine Foundation
One Bush Street, Suite 800, San Francisco, CA
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Across California, the number of people entering the teaching profession has plummeted by 70% over the past 10 years.  In San Francisco, a district with more than 25% English Learners and over 50% low-income youth, schools were unable to fill all of the 500 vacancies with fully prepared teachers at the start of the current school year.  In line with national trends, San Francisco has also struggled to retain teachers, a problem that is financially costly and negatively impacts student achievement.  San Francisco is one of many communities across our state that is grappling with a growing crisis -- the teacher shortage – which will have a devastating impact on our students and schools unless significant interventions are made. 

Promising solutions to these problems exist, however, including the San Francisco Teacher Residency (SFTR), a six year-old partnership between the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), Stanford University, the University of San Francisco, and the local teachers union.  Emerging impact data is exciting: 89% of SFTR graduates are still teaching in SFUSD, including 80% at the 5-year mark, nearly all of whom are serving at high-needs schools.  Expanding support for teacher residencies was one of seven policy recommendations recently made by the Learning Policy Institute in a report on the emerging teacher shortage.

The Forum on the California Teacher Shortage will bring together local experts in teacher preparation, school district leaders, and members of the philanthropic community to discuss this problem as well as programmatic and policy solutions for addressing it.  Attendees at the forum will have a unique opportunity to engage with from cross-sector representatives about how we can best respond to this crisis before it cripples our public education system.

Join Us To:

  • Learn about the severity of California’s teacher shortage and it’s impact on students and low-income communities;
  • Learn about promising solutions to the teacher shortage; and,
  • Discuss the role that the philanthropic community should play in supporting related initiatives and policies. 


  • Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor of Education, Stanford University; CEO and President, Learning Policy Institute; Chair, California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • Kevin Kumashiro, Dean, School of Education, University of San Francisco 
  • Richard Carranza, Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District
  • Jonathan Osler, Executive Director, San Francisco Teacher Residency
  • Susan Kagehiro, Program Officer in Education, Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Targeted Audience:

This briefing is intended for funders interested in education reform, teacher preparation, development, and retention, and workforce development.