Teacher Education

California State University Summit

Transformative Change in the Preparation of Teachers
February 14, 2011

Summit Agenda, PowerPoints, and Remarks
Highlights Executive Summary, Video Overview
Key Documents: Proceedings and Program
ASCSU Resolution Academic Senate Commendation
Participants: Summit Attendee List

The CSU Summit on Transformative Change in the Preparation of Teachers was a milestone in teacher education nationally. It was hosted by the California State University in collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences. The Summit focused on exemplary strategies for teacher preparation that clearly warrant dissemination and scaling up in California and nationally and is being followed by efforts to implement them broadly.

Keynote speakers at this invitational event were: Martha Kanter, U.S. Under Secretary of Education; Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University; and Lee Shulman, President Emeritus of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Additional speakers include Sharon Robinson, President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), and James Cibulka, President, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), who have been instrumental in significant initiatives in clinical teacher preparation, partnerships, and student achievement.

The Summit helped build the foundation for scalable strategies that significantly improve P-12 education by recruiting and preparing outstanding teachers. It addressed teacher education excellence through pathways beginning in community colleges and with the goal of creating a renewed culture of partnerships featuring strong collaboration in preparing new teachers and including the schools and communities they serve.

A special focus was on approaches proven effective in equipping new teachers to work successfully with students who are economically disadvantaged, come from minority backgrounds, have special needs, and are English learners in order to close persistent achievement gaps. In addition, attention was given to 21st century digital learning and exemplary applications of current technologies.

The timing of the Summit made it especially significant, enabling it to build on the seminal report, Transforming Teacher Education Through Clinical Practice: A National Strategy to Prepare Effective Teachers (PDF), focused on clinical preparation and partnerships of the Blue Ribbon Panel of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The Summit helped to lay a foundation for launching an unprecedented era of teacher education excellence in California and seven other pilot states (PDF) through state alliances (PDF) preparing new teachers for a highly skilled and respected 21st century teaching profession characterized by the highest of standards.

Summit Sponsors

Major philanthropic foundations and business and industry leaders that are playing key roles in support of significant education reforms were co-sponsors generously provided support for the Summit. Primary supporters are the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. and the David and Lucile Packard Foundations. Corporate supporters include BD Biosciences, the Chevron Corporation, Cisco, Hewlett Packard, Honeywell, Life Technologies, Pacific Gas and Electric, and Qualcomm.