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Learn more about the initiatives and programs sponsored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

Make the Switch: Become a Teacher

As part of his effort to alleviate the teacher shortage, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who started his career as a high school science teacher, encourages talented and committed people to consider becoming a teacher.

He is asking people in college to consider teaching, but also mid-career professionals who could bring a wealth of life experience, confidence, and professional knowledge to the classroom.

To highlight these professionals, the CDE's Communications Division is profiling teachers who have made the switch from non-education careers to teaching as part of a new “Make the Switch: Become a Teacher” campaign.

In addition to the profiles, the CDE is highlighting resources for those interested in teaching as a profession.

Safe Haven Schools

Superintendent Torlakson strongly encourages California’s public schools to declare themselves as "Safe Havens" for students and their families, regardless of their immigration status, heritage, religion, ethnicity, background, disability, sexual orientation or sexual identity.

Social and Emotional Learning

Superintendent Torlakson believes that it is critical for students to develop a range of skills needed for school and life. With the support of a group of expert advisors, CDE will develop a plan for the best ways to implement good social and emotional learning (SEL) in California schools. 

Teacher Shortage

Superintendent Torlakson, who started his public service career as a high school science teacher and coach, encourages talented and committed people to consider pursuing an education career and help with a looming teacher shortage in California.

Career Technical Education

Superintendent Torlakson leads the nation’s largest state investment in Career Technical Education, which prepares students for the challenging careers of the 21st century  and gives them cutting-edge knowledge about career options, technology, and skills required for success in adult life.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Superintendent Torlakson leads a range of initiatives to keep improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, upgrade curriculum and learning standards, and encourage more girls and students from disadvantaged communities to pursue STEM college degrees and careers.

Blueprint 2.0

A Blueprint for Great Schools Version 2.0 builds on the ground breaking 2011 report A Blueprint for Great Schools, which helped usher in a new era in California schools that has included major increases in funding, more rigorous state academic standards, online student assessment testing, and greater support for the students and schools with the most needs.

California One System Serving the Whole Child

Supporting and scaling up an aligned system of supports serving the whole child.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
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