Campus: CSU Northridge -- April 12, 2002
CSUN Asked by Carnegie Corporation of New York To
Take Part In Landmark Schools Initiative
Cal State Northridge is one of four universities nationwide that have
been asked by Carnegie Corporation of New York to take part in a landmark
initiative designed to strengthen K-12 teaching by developing state-of-the-art
programs at schools of education.
Northridge, Michigan State University, the University of Virginia and
Bank Street College of Education in New York City were all asked by
Carnegie Corporation to participate in the first phase of a multi-year
initiative called "Teachers for a New Era."
"Teaching reform is central to school reform, and these institutions
are pioneers in the movement," said Vartan Gregorian, president
of the Corporation. "If we really want to improve student achievement,
we have no choice but to improve teaching. As the 19th century French
philosopher, Victor Cousin, succinctly put it, 'As is the teacher, so
is the school.'"
CSUN President Jolene Koester said the university, the largest producer
of teachers in California, was honored to be asked to participate in
such a prestigious project.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for us to participate in a national
effort to refine, engage and improve the quality of teaching,"
Koester said. "The Carnegie Corporation initiative recognizes the
importance of integrating all the elements - from the arts and sciences
to the fundamentals - that are critical to a solid education. Cal State
Northridge is already recognized as a leader in teacher education. Taking
part in the initiative will allow us to build upon an already successful
Charles B. Reed, chancellor of the 23-campus California State University
system, said he was proud Northridge was recognized for its outstanding
teacher education program.
"We are extremely grateful to the Carnegie Corporation for offering
this opportunity and for raising national awareness of the importance
of high-quality teacher preparation," Reed said.
"The CSU shares with the Carnegie Corporation its belief that the
preparation of high-quality teachers is an essential precondition for
improving our country's K-12 schools. Cal State Northridge is an example
of the best of what the CSU system has to offer."
Under Gregorian's leadership, Carnegie Corporation has made higher education
issues, particularly reform of teachers' education, one of its highest
priorities. It has established three guiding principles as critical
in the redesign of schools that prepare teachers:
- Leadership on the part of the presidents of supported academic institutions
that elevates the role and importance of schools of education within
the university community and a design that builds on research evidence.
- Top-level collaboration between university faculty in the arts and
sciences with the school of education faculty to ensure that prospective
teachers are well grounded in specific disciplines and provided a
liberal arts education.
- Establishing teaching as a clinical profession, with students mentored
by master teachers in a formal two-year residency as they make the
transition from college to the classroom.
Corporation officials said the four institutions asked to participate
in "Teachers for a New Era" already have embraced these
ideas as critical for what it takes to produce excellent teachers
for tomorrow's children.
"We are excited about the opportunity to build on the existing
strengths of our teacher preparation program," said Louanne Kennedy,
CSUN's provost and vice president of academic affairs. "This will
allow us to develop strong methods for measuring pupil performance with
teachers who have been prepared by Cal State Northridge."
The success of the institutions chosen to be part of the initiative,
their graduates and the research their efforts produce are expected
to become models for the rest of the nation. Ultimately, the initiative
will include at least eight higher education institutions by the year
"At the conclusion of this investment," said Daniel Fallon,
chair of the Corporation's education division, "the participating
universities will be seen as having established the standards for best
practice in educating professional teachers."
Money to fund the initiative is coming from a variety of sources. The
Corporation plans to contribute more than $30 million to the project.
The Ford Foundation and The Annenberg Foundation have each committed
$5 million to the project. The Rockefeller Foundation will be covering
the costs of a major ongoing external evaluation of the initiative.
The number of participating universities could increase if other foundations
join the initiative in future years.
Carnegie Corporation will grant each institution up to $5 million that
will be matched over a five-year period. Additional foundation grants
will cover evaluations and up to $750,000 will be given to each university
to share with its local partners, including school districts and other
teacher education programs.
Andrew Carnegie created Carnegie Corporation of New York in 1911 to
promote "the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding."
As a grantmaking foundation, the corporation seeks to carry out Carnegie's
vision of philanthropy, which he said should aim "to do real and
permanent good in the world." The Corporation awards grants totaling
approximately $75 million a year in the areas of education, international
peace and security, international development and strengthening U.S.