Preparing a New Generation of Educators for California Initiative
The CSU Preparing a New Generation of Educators for California Initiative is a bold effort designed to transform the recruitment, selection, and preparation process so that future elementary and secondary teachers are given the inspiration, support, and resources necessary to become models of excellence and expertise in their fields.
The promise of the Initiative’s success is in its vision, which is a particularly important one because of its timing. California’s adoption of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is rapidly leading to fundamental changes in curriculum and instruction in K-12 schools. New methods of assessment are also being designed to help measure student attainment of these new standards. The Preparing a New Generation Initiative not only prepares educators to implement these major curriculum changes, but it also prepares them to be leaders in sustaining high student achievement.
In Phase 1 of the initiative, 13 campuses served as pilot and demonstration sites, tested and shared implementation strategies and outcomes data with each other and the rest of the system. CSU campuses at Channel Islands, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Northridge, San Luis Obispo, and Stanislaus, as well as the systemwide CalStateTEACH program, will implemented comprehensive reform using innovative strategies designed to strengthen the recruitment, content preparation, and clinical experiences of future K-12 teachers. CSU campuses at Bakersfield, Chico, East Bay, Sacramento, and San Jose will implemented targeted reform, designed to more closely focus attention on transforming specific program components to develop enriching teacher preparation for the future.
The Initiative emphasizes a vision for systemwide institutional change that can be sustained, investing in proven methods of professional development and fruitful learning communities for faculty and K-12 educators. These efforts will help to foster meaningful reforms that will make a monumental difference in education across California. The project has the strong support of CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, the presidents of the 23 CSU campuses, the CSU Academic Senate, the Deans of Education, and faculty leaders across disciplines.
With the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation as a committed partner in the endeavor, CSU can afford to be highly optimistic and ambitious in transforming the process of teacher preparation systemwide.
“The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation is proud to support the work of the CSU New Generation of Educators initiative,” said Macy Parker, Program Officer for the project. “We believe that teacher preparation at the CSU is the best lever to advance the successful implementation of the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, and that the strategic work CSU will do in partnership with the K-12 districts that hire its teacher graduates will shape the future of teacher preparation in California – and the success of California students - for years to come.