The Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE), lead agency for the California Center on Teaching Careers, has a long and successful history of collaboration across districts, county offices, community colleges, universities, business and community organizations to develop and implement programs and services that share a vision of high quality recruitment practices throughout the state of California. TCOE's California Teacher Recruitment Program has been highly successful in recruiting teachers who match the needs of schools in the Central Valley and other high needs districts in the state. Based on 15 years of experience in teacher recruitment and support, TCOE was awarded the 2017 California Center on Teaching Careers (The Center) grant to provide collaborative leadership on a statewide level through seven regional satellite centers (County Offices of Education from Tulare [Lead], Riverside, San Diego, Los Angeles, Sonoma, Ventura, and Shasta) dedicated to increasing the teacher workforce, particularly in the recruitment of ethnically diverse/bilingual math, science, and special education teachers.
The mission of the Center is to elevate the teaching profession through attracting new and existing talent to impact teaching and learning in California's 21st Century classrooms.
The overarching goal is to support a continuum of programs and services, integrated into a flexible technology based system designed to recruit, retain, and advance a qualified, effective, diverse teacher candidate pool for the state of California.