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Preparing a New Generation of Educators for California

Preparing a New Generation of Educators for California is a multi-year initiative to ensure that the California State University (CSU) teacher preparation programs are producing the teachers that the state’s K–12 school districts will need as they complete their transition to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Launched by CSU in partnership with the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, this initiative also aims to build the capacity of both individual CSU campuses and the CSU system as a whole to collect, analyze, and use data to drive programmatic decision-making to inform improvement of teacher preparation programs.

WestEd and SRI are conducting a formative evaluation of the initiative at 11 CSU campuses: Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Chico, Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Monterey Bay, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, and Stanislaus.

Researchers are investigating the teacher preparation pipelines, changes to the nature of credentialing programs, effectiveness of teachers, and campus systems for supporting ongoing improvement.

Through the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data, the team will examine individual campus efforts to transform teacher preparation, how well these efforts are being implemented, and to what extent they are resulting in more effective teachers. In turn, the evaluation will support the 11 campuses in building the capacity to self-monitor their progress both during and after the evaluation.

In addition, the evaluation will summarize lessons learned for policymakers and educators interested in improving teacher preparation programs’ ability to both graduate effective teachers in this era of new academic standards and to institutionalize continuous improvement efforts in CSU’s teacher preparation programs.