We can only achieve true progress for students in Los Angeles through further growth and diversification of the teacher and leadership talent pipeline.
There is an urgent need for high-quality, diverse, and well-prepared teacher leaders in Los Angeles. Not only are more than 100,000 California teachers and principals expected to retire, but enrollment in our state’s teacher preparation programs is drastically declining.
The oncoming wave of principal turnover presents an opportunity to install next-generation school leaders. Expansion of programs, schools, and systems will require at least 135 new leaders over the next eight years.
We also need a large and passionate force of politically active education leaders to shape public will, hold elected office, and lead large-scale systemic change.
Teach For America Los Angeles is the only network threaded throughout our local education community. We must work together to ensure our most underserved students have access to an excellent education.