Gaston, Margaret


Margaret Gaston is the President and Executive Director of the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning.

California Teaching Workforce is Running on Empty

By Margaret Gaston
Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning

Cumulative cuts of more than $20 billion from California’s schools over the past three years have made it tougher for teachers to help students meet increasing expectations for academic achievement and have badly damaged the state’s ability to recruit and prepare new teachers needed for the future, according to the annual report on California’s teaching workforce released this week by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning.  

The report makes clear that California’s teaching workforce is running on empty. The disinvestment in building a top quality teacher workforce is at odds with rising demands for students’ academic success, and the fiscal crisis has so severely damaged the pipeline for recruiting and training new teachers that teaching quality may be put at risk for many years to come.

Californians Say Science Education Should be a Priority for Schools

By Margaret Gaston
Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning

Californians believe that science education should be a priority for the state’s schools and want it to be taught early and more often, according to new public opinion research released today by the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning and its partners in the Strengthening Science Education in California Initiative. To strengthen science education, the public wants schools to have the labs and equipment they need, strongly supports providing teachers with specialized training and wants schools to spend more time teaching science.