Los Angeles, CA (September 27, 2023) — KIPP SoCal Public Schools—in collaboration with KIPP Northern California Public Schools and Aspire Public Schools—will host a crucial conversation on Thursday, October 12, to build awareness around the educator workforce crisis impacting California's public education sector.
Expert education panelists will unpack educators' current challenges, illuminate promising strategies to recruit and retain educators and highlight policy solutions that can positively impact our students and communities.
- What: Sustaining California's Educator Workforce: A Town Hall Conversation
- When: Thursday, October 12, 2023, from 6-7:30 p.m.
- In-Person: KIPP Endeavor College Prep — 1263 S Soto St, Los Angeles, CA 90023
- Virtual: YouTube Livestream
- Moderator: Dr. Frank Lozier — Teacher, Compton Early College High School
- Marisol Pineda Conde — Deputy Director, The Teaching Well
- Dr. Stanley Johnson — Vice President, Los Angeles County Board of Education
- Dr. Jacquelyn Ollison — Co-Director, California Teacher Residency Lab
- Dr. Norma Perez — Director of Adverse Childhood Experience Grants, AltaMed
- Why: California is facing the largest educator workforce crisis in history, including the third-highest teacher shortage in the country. The barrier to entry for aspiring teachers is a steep hill to climb for many, especially educators of color. Currently, California is 37th in the United States for 4th and 8th-grade reading proficiency and 45th and 39th in the United States for 4th and 8th-grade math proficiency.
Only a third of CA's 9th graders make it to and through college. Low-income, Latino, and Black students are less than half as likely to make it from 9th grade to a college degree as their peers. Excellent educators dramatically impact student outcomes, and promising practices can make a powerful difference in attracting, developing, and retaining our educator workforce.
About KIPP SoCal Public Schools
KIPP SoCal Public Schools is a nonprofit organization that operates 23 tuition-free, open-enrollment charter public schools, grades TK-8, within 20 Local Education Agencies. KIPP SoCal's award-winning schools educate students with a whole-child approach to learning and support over 10,000 students and 6,800 alumni to and through college.
KIPP SoCal Public Schools have won three National Blue Ribbon School awards, nine California Distinguished School awards, nine U.S. News & World Report "Best Schools" across the country awards, and 11 Top LA County Public School awards.
KIPP SoCal Media Relations
Contact: Stephanie Salazar