The California State University, Stanislaus teacher education program was one of eight universities in the CSU system to earn a portion of a $3 million grant from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.
The funds from the foundation, which supports initiatives in education and environmentalism to help create a more productive, sustainable California, will help the University maintain quality programs that help meet the state’s growing need for teachers.
The grant will fund a CSU initiative called Preparing a New Generation of Educators for California, which will prepare future teachers to deliver the new K-12 curriculum based on Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
“These eight programs are taking the lead in addressing California’s need for innovation in teacher preparation to address the new standards and prepare world-class teachers,” said Beverly Young, CSU assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs, in a press release. “Each has given serious thought to transforming the whole pipeline, from early recruitment through becoming credentialed, so that each stage is designed to ensure rigorous preparation of every new teacher.”
The University will receive $230,000 from the grant to help develop a creative model to recruit and educate teachers of new standards.
According to a release, CSU Stanislaus educates nearly 70 percent of the teachers in the region, making it one of the most influential catalysts in teacher preparation in the Central Valley.
The grant will also support teacher education programs at CSU Channel Islands, Fresno State, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and the CSU’s CalStateTEACH.