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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Representing the 11th District of California


The links below provide information regarding resources available for California teachers.

The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress maintains a website exclusively for teachers, the Teachers Page, which provides information, including model lesson plans, for teachers who want to incorporate primary sources into their classroom teaching. The Library also hosts online professional development and conferences for teachers.

The Center for Civic Education

Congress funds civic education through the "We the People" Initiative from the Center for Civic Education. The program is organized by states. The program is a non-partisan educational program that teaches students at all levels about history and principles of constitutional democracy.

Teacher Certification in California

Learn about licensure requirements in the State of California.

U.S Department of Education

The Department of Education has many resources devoted to teachers, including information on the Teaching Ambassador Fellowships.

California Department of Education

The California Department of Education provides teachers with useful resources to assist them in their careers.

Contra Costa County Office of Education

The Contra Costa County Office of Education website includes a variety of resources for teachers, including information on the Teacher Induction Program and the 21st Century Fluency Project.

Loan Forgiveness

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Under this program, individuals who teach full time for five consecutive, complete academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools that serve low-income families and meet other qualifications may be eligible for forgiveness of up to a combined total of $17,500 in principal and interest on their FFEL and/or Direct Loan program loans.

In addition, through the Direct Loan Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, graduates who enter into public service careers, such as teachers, public defenders and prosecutors, firefighters, nurses, non-profit workers and more, will be eligible for complete loan forgiveness after 10 years of qualifying public service and loan payments. For more information on the Public Loan Forgiveness program, please click on the Department of Education's factsheet.