Campus: CSU Stanislaus -- September 30, 2005
$3.3 Million Grant Will Focus on Teacher Development, Curriculum for
High-Needs Schools in Modesto
California State University, Stanislaus has partnered with Modesto City Schools and UC
Berkeley as recipient of a $3.3 million grant to recruit, develop and retain teachers at
The grant from the United States Department of Education will allow CSU Stanislaus to update
teacher preparation programs at every stage and to model, teach and support culturally
responsive instructional methods, as developed by the Center for Research on Education,
Diversity & Excellence (CREDE) at UC Berkeley. The program, scheduled to start at CSU
Stanislaus this month with a planning session, will track and support teachers as they
enter the profession at schools with diverse student populations.
"This grant offers the opportunity to recruit and support beginning teachers from this area,"
said Joan Wink, CSU Stanislaus Professor of Teacher Education and program coordinator. "By
creating this program, we hope to not only retain great new teachers, but also enhance the
learning of local public school students."
Wink said the program will focus on those students with the greatest academic needs. CREDE
is a research and development center that focuses on improving the education of students
who are challenged by language or cultural barriers, race, geographic location or poverty.
The grant will involve 75 teachers who instruct students from multi-cultural or
English-as-a-second language backgrounds. These teachers will learn to use CREDE's
instructional model for diverse students. Heavy emphasis will be placed on academic and
language development skills through use of interactive instructional methods.
CSU Stanislaus faculty also will help teacher education students at the undergraduate and
teacher credential graduate levels turn CREDE's instructional model into practical and
effective instructional curriculum. A number of Modesto City Schools teachers also will
receive CREDE coach training and eventually serve as mentors at their campuses to help
other teachers develop similar curriculum.
Program progress will be monitored and researched to determine the effectiveness of producing
student academic success in the classrooms.
"Our goal is to create a more seamless program for students through their undergraduate
years, into and through the credential program, and continuing through the first two years
of teaching," Wink said.
More information on the CREDE program is available on the web at:
Media contact: Don Hansen, (209) 667-3997