Campus: CSU, Northridge -- January 2, 2001

CSUN's ACT Program Is Recognized for Positive Impact

Cal State Northridge's Accelerated Collaborative Teacher (ACT) Preparation Program has received national recognition for its pursuit of excellence in teaching, scholarship and collaboration with the community.

The Council of the Great City Colleges of Education, a national organization of the nation's largest urban public school systems, gave ACT its Urban Impact Award in the fall. The award honors outstanding school-based projects that have had a positive and significant impact on teaching and learning.

The ACT Preparation Program, in its third year of implementation, is an alternative program for teacher candidates who have completed a bachelor's degree and are interested in a one-year, full-time credential program. It is offered collaboratively between the College of Education at CSUN and the John H. Francis Polytechnic Complex in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

"We were thrilled," Nancy Burstein, a special education professor at CSUN and one of the coordinators of ACT, said about receiving the award,.

"The idea of the program is that it is field-based with a lot of involvement from the K-12 community, including the school administration, teachers and parents," Burstein said.

"We've gotten to know them well, and they take part in every aspect of the program. We found how rich the program has become because of them and the collaboration between the school family and us," she said.

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