Teacher Education Initiatives
Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative
CSU is the largest producer of mathematics and science teachers in California, preparing nearly one-half of new teachers in these fields. To address the significant statewide need for additional math and science teachers, Chancellor Reed made a CSU systemwide commitment five years ago to double production of these teachers, increasing from a baseline of 750 to 1,500 annually. Through the Math and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI), CSU achieved this goal in 2010 and, due to the continued demand for more teachers in these fields, continued to make it a priority. The CSU approach, which features seven comprehensive strategies, demonstrated success from its inception. The initiative recognizes that there are multiple obstacles to increasing recruitment and preparation of excellent math and science teachers, and that these must be addressed through a multi-faceted, sustained approach. Read more.
The CSU Digital Ambassadors Program
The CSU Digital Ambassadors Program seeks to transform teaching and learning opportunities within the CSU system through the increased use of digital technologies. With particular attention to pre-service science and math teacher preparation at the undergraduate and credential level, the Digital Ambassadors are faculty leaders who champion the use of educational technologies within their respective campuses, engage faculty and educational stakeholders in the sharing of best practices and strategies for campus-specific and K-12 outreach initiatives, and function as a centralized resource for their academic and educational communities. The Digital Ambassadors developed Digital Innovation Cases, and the program is described in a comprehensive report, Supporting Technology Integration in STEM Teacher Preparation: Case Studies from across California State University Campuses (pdf).
A growing body of research, including over a decade of rigorous studies, indicates that after-school programs can have a powerful influence on school success among P-12 students. Benefits include improved attitudes toward school, higher attendance, less discipline problems, increased academic performance as measured by grades and standardized test scores, and deeper engagement in learning. California has over 5,000 after-school programs, located in the highest need elementary and middle schools in the state. To address the needs of these programs for well-prepared staff and to advance the alignment between in school and after-school learning, CSU has undertaken a number of efforts. These include developing a pathway to a teaching credential for staff in these programs and preparing school site leaders to take advantage of the expanded learning opportunities the programs offer. Read more.