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April 8, 2014 > CSU receives grant for new teachers

CSU receives grant for new teachers

Submitted By Stephanie Thara

The California State University (CSU), the nationÕs largest educator of teachers, is launching a major initiative to prepare CaliforniaÕs next generation of teachers. A $3 million grant from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation will assist CSU in developing approaches that equip new teachers to teach the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that will be implemented in California in 2014-15.

ÒPreparing A New Generation of Teachers for CaliforniaÓ builds on the six-year partnership between the CSU and the Bechtel Foundation. The partnership has generated successful new models for preparing elementary and secondary teachers in science and mathematics. These models, which are based on clinical partnerships with K-12 school districts, will now be extended for preparing highly skilled new teachers in all subjects.

ÒThis is a time of historic change in K-12 classrooms throughout the state,Ó said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. ÒThrough partnerships with groups like the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the CSU will stay at the forefront of producing the exceptional teachers required in 21st century classrooms.Ó

The initiative is particularly important because of its timing. CaliforniaÕs adoption of the CCSS and NGSS is rapidly resulting in major changes in K-12 curriculum and instruction. New assessments are being designed to measure student attainment of the standards. Through this initiative, the CSU will prepare new teachers to implement the new standards, use the new assessments to improve student success, and model innovative teaching practices in their school districts.

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