Public Affairs

Google Helps CSU Create Tech-Savvy Teachers

Oct. 6, 2011
By Elizabeth Chapin

CSU education faculty at Google's Faculty Institute

This summer, 39 education faculty members from 19 CSU campuses spent three days at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. for the company’s inaugural Faculty Institute. The purpose of the gathering was to ensure our teachers’ teachers have the support they need to help educators adjust to a changing K-12 landscape – and show them the most effective and useful digital tools for the classroom.

Google selected the participants via a rigorous nomination and application process. Nearly all were CSU faculty who teach future high school science and math teachers.

Google says the intent to focus on CSU faculty was due to the system’s substantial impact in teacher preparation. The CSU’s programs teach about 60 percent of California's teachers that are credentialed every year—or 10 percent of all U.S. K-12 teachers receiving credentials annually.

“We want them to influence the rest of the faculty at their schools,” said Jaimie Tasap, Google senior education manager. “You get the attention of hundreds of these faculty members, then you make a real change in California.”