Graduate School of Education

Advocates Program

National Crisis in Education

Despite proposed cutbacks due to budget challenges the state of California currently faces, the fact remains that there is a national shortage of teachers in the math, sciences and special education. The imminent retirement of baby boomers will only exacerbate the current shortage of teachers and school administrators. California will need to replace 100,000 teachers by 2014 due to retirement alone.

The Los Angeles Unified School District has been recruiting teachers from other countries for more than 20 years. One-seventh of their new hires for the 2007-2008 school year was recruited for hard-to-fill positions in math, science and special education and was the largest group from abroad.

Research forecasts project a turnover of 12-25% of California administrators due to retirement. A major challenge is that the next generation of school leaders are not in the pipeline to replace those retiring in sufficient numbers by the time they are needed.

What can you do?

Volunteer to become a CLU Graduate School of Education Advocate. Graduate School of Education Advocates are alumni, students, and community leaders who move forward the goals of the Graduate School of Education.

A Call to Action

We need Advocates who will:

  • Promote the School and communicate its vision and mission to the academic and civic community
  • Build the Graduate School of Education's community beyond the boundaries of campus
  • Connect the School to new partners and funding agencies

How do Advocates help the Graduate School of Education?

  • Inform people of the current need for special education, math and science teachers.
  • Enlighten the community on the impending shortage of teachers and school administrators with the retirement of the baby boomers.
  • Raise awareness of CLU's Graduate School of Education programs.
  • Promote a career in education.
  • Establish linkages with people who are interested in the vision and goals that the Graduate School of Education promotes.

If you are interested in becoming a Graduate School of Education Advocate and would like more information, please contact Stacy Swanson, Director of Development at (805) 493-3667 or

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