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Video thumbnail of Achievement Gap Achievement Gap External link opens in new window or tab. (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.

Video thumbnail of Make the Switch featuring Christopher Shining Make the Switch: Christopher Shining External link opens in new window or tab. (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.

Video thumbnail of Make the Switch featuring Tom Torlakson Make the Switch: Tom Torlakson External link opens in new window or tab. (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.

Video thumbnail of Make the Switch Chef Raean Gaddoni Make the Switch: Chef Raean Gaddoni External link opens in new window or tab. (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.

Video thumbnail of Make the Switch featuring Melissa May Make the Switch: Melissa May External link opens in new window or tab. (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.

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