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Students Interested in Teaching Speak Up About Career Aspirations June 2018


Untapped potential: High School Students Who Are Very or Somewhat Interested in Teaching Careers

Interest in Teaching Career Students in Grade 9-12 - National Students in Grade 9-12 - California
Not interested 56% 50%
Somewhat interested 32% 34%
Very interested 12% 16%

While girls are twice as likely as boys to say they are very interested, 27% of boys say they are somewhat interested in a teaching career, but need more information to explore fully.

High School Students want to explore careers in different ways – including using online tools

Preference for Exploring Careers U.S. Studnets in Grades  9-12 CA Students in Grades 9-12
Get real life experience (like working a part-time job, internship, or volunteering) 70% 74%
Shadow a career professional for a day 49% 46%
Take field trips to see and talk with people working in those jobs 46% 47%
Attend a student conference on different careers 41% 42%
Learn from teachers who have worked in a career field before becoming a teacher 37% 38%
Participate in an after school program 31% 28%
Go to summer camp (like space camp) 29% 30%

In CA, students in the Project Tomorrow program regularly teach science and math lessons to elementary students to gain real life experiences.

Students who want to become teachers value education and school!

67% of U.S. high school students in a program to explore teaching careers (like Educators Rising or a teacher academy), and 77% in California said "doing well in school is important to me"

Just like their teachers, students in career exploration programs are leveraging online tools to self-direct professional learning outside of school

California high school students in teacher career programs say they do the following to learn a skill or more about something educational (outside of schoolwork):

82% Research online

59% Use social media to identify people with shared interests

57% Watch a Ted Talk or short videos

48% Take a self-paced tutorial or online class

CA students say the use of technology within learning is helping them develop creativity (45%) and critical thinking (36%) skills – essential skills for becoming a teacher!

To learn more about Educators Rising California, the Project Tomorrow programs that help students explore teaching as a career, or using Speak Up to gather feedback from your students, visit www.tomorrow.org.

SOURCE: Speak Up Research Initiative, 2017-18 Findings - the results of the authentic, unfiltered views of 406,779 K-12 students, parents, and educators from around the world, including more than 3,000 in teacher career programs. Speak Up is an annual research initiative of Project Tomorrow, a global nonprofit organization. Surveys were open from October 2017 through February 2018. Learn more about Speak Up and other research findings from Project Tomorrow at tomorrow.org.