Support for Faculty Involvement in
CSU K-12 Participation Programs

AS-2413-98/TEKR - March 5-6, 1998

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate of the California State University urge campus senates to work with local education agencies in an effort to develop K-12 participation programs which would enable faculty from across campus to participate in activities of local K-12 schools; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU suggest that such activities might include: classroom visits and/or observations, delivering guest lectures, providing and delivering enrichment programs, participating in team teaching efforts, as well as engaging in other classroom activities; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge the CSU system administration to provide the campuses with financial support for these K-12 participation programs; and be it further

RESOLVED: That the Academic Senate CSU urge campus senates and administrators to develop strategies for distributing the resources to the faculty participating in K-12 activities and for recognizing the value of the contributions of those faculty who engage in these activities.

RATIONALE: Both the Presidents Commission (Maxson report) and the SB 1422 Panel have recommended these types of activities as a means of enhancing the teacher preparation component of the CSU mission. Such activities can benefit both CSU faculty and K-12 teachers and students. CSU faculty would become more aware of their role in teacher preparation and to recognize the challenges faced by K-12 classroom teachers today. It also affords K-12 students an opportunity to meet academicians first-hand who can encourage them to consider careers in their disciplines. We should not ask faculty to engage in these additional activities without providing the support. The cooperative development by campus faculty through the campus senates and with the active participation of local education agencies could improve school relations and help K-12 students prepare for college-level work. Such activities would also send a clear message about the importance of teaching as a career choice to both CSU and K-12 students.


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