Selected CDE videos that showcase the department's programs and initiatives. For more videos, visit the California Department of Education YouTube Channel .
Achievement Gap (Video; 2:29)
State Superintendent Tony Thurmond's held a forum with various educators from around the state to discuss the achievement gap. Participants shared ideas and strategies that they used in their respective districts to address this issue.
Make the Switch: Christopher Shining (Video; 3:33)
Christopher Shining, a teacher at William Howard Taft Charter High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District used to work in the sailing industry and also coached sailing and ski teams. He started teaching in 2013.
Make the Switch: Tom Torlakson (Video; 4:13)
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, a science teacher and coach, talks about the Make the Switch campaign, his former life in the classroom and what he enjoyed most about being a teacher.
Make the Switch: Chef Raean Gaddoni (Video; 3:10)
Chef Raean Gaddoni is a professional chef that worked in the catering and events industry and as a part-time culinary instructor at the college level before joining Argonaut High School in the Amador Unified School District in 2012.
Make the Switch: Melissa May (Video; 3:45)
Melissa May is veteran television journalist who is now a broadcast media Career Technical Education Teacher at Inderkum High School in the Natomas Unified School District.