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The California State University honored outstanding alumni teachers from each of its 22 campuses at its September Board of Trustees meeting to kick off the year-long CSU Celebrating Teachers campaign. Sponsored by the CSU Alumni Council, the campaign is designed to heighten awareness of the importance of quality teachers and the major role the CSU plays in teacher education.
The recipients also participated in a symposium at the Chancellor's Office at which they shared their thoughts on teacher preparation, major teaching challenges, and continuing education for teachers. Among the concerns and challenges the teachers expressed were:
"In survey after survey, education is consistently ranked as the number one policy concern around the state - as well as across the country," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "The CSU will obviously play a major role because of its teacher-training capacity and expertise. But the sheer size of the task ahead means that we can't just have business as usual. We will have to innovate, change some of our modes of operation, and make ourselves more accessible to high-quality teaching candidates That's why I'm very glad that these top teachers -- our experts - have joined us to discuss some of the important issues and challenges that we face in teacher preparation."
The CSU prepares about 60 percent of the teachers in the state, and more than half of all the California Teacher of the Year recipients since the award's origin in 1972 have been CSU alumni.
The recipients were chosen by the CSU campuses based on factors such as innovative teaching methods, commitment to students, leadership in mentoring future teachers and leadership in professional activities.
The Celebrating Teachers campaign also is designed to improve teacher recruitment, increase awareness of the role the CSU plays in K-12 teacher reform, and strengthen ties with alumni who are teachers in the K-12 community. Throughout the year numerous activities on CSU campuses will focus on alumni teachers.
The recipients are:
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