Following the completion of a highly successful five-year pilot phase, the CSU Office of the Chancellor has recently granted to the Charter School of Education at California State University, Los Angeles, a ten-year extension of its charter status.
The assessment of the effectiveness of Cal State L.A.'s Charter School of Education, conducted by The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University, confirms the success of the School's "initial aspiration of engaging in creative experimentation and the development, implementation, and evaluation of new models of teaching and learning that incorporate best practice and research-based knowledge."
The external evaluation report also mentions several noteworthy accomplishments including "an extremely high level of faculty and staff enthusiasm for the directions and the way the Charter School of Education is operating" and the success of the School as a Whole (SAW) as a shared form of university governance.
As a Charter School, the Charter School of Education is committed to leading educators to transform public schools. The School offers a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to the education of children and youth. Collaborating within the Charter School of Education and with public schools in the urban Los Angeles area, the faculty prepares professionals to become learner advocates who show competence in subject matter and professional knowledge and skills and who are dedicated to improving the educational environment of all children and youth.
Since 1993, the Charter School of Education at Cal State L.A. has operated as the first Charter School of Education in the nation. It is one of the largest educators of teachers in California. Because the campus is located in the heart of metropolitan Los Angeles, the Charter School of Education programs reflect concern with the problems and challenges of urban education with particular emphasis on linguistic and cultural diversity.
The Charter School of Education has been continuously accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and recently became the first in California to have been granted full accreditation by the California Committee on Accreditation.
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