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CSU Awarded $35 Million in Federal Funding to Enhance Teacher Quality Programs

Will be used to support innovative teacher preparation and credential/master’s programs


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CSU awarded $35 million to enhance teacher quality programs

(October 2, 2009) - Six California State University campuses (Bakersfield, Chico, Dominquez Hills, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, and San Luis Obispo) have been awarded a total of $35 million in highly-competitive, five-year Teacher Quality Partnership grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The grants are aimed at raising student achievement and improving learning by fundamentally changing teacher preparation programs. 

A grant submitted jointly by Bakersfield, Monterey Bay and San Luis Obispo will work to strengthen the quantity and scale up the successful techniques in teacher preparation with special focus in math, sciences and special education. The project is aimed at closing the achievement gap for thousands of children located throughout Central California, a nine-county region of approximately 36,000 square miles.  

Individual grants submitted by Chico, Dominquez Hills and Los Angeles will be used to support teacher residencies–combination master's, credential and teaching apprenticeship programs.  These programs will provide students with stipends as they complete course work and develop teaching skills.

"The focus on high quality preparation of new teachers is exactly what California and the nation needs to ensure that our children are equipped to excel," said Beverly Young, assistant vice chancellor of teacher education and public school programs. "Our university, which educates more teachers than any other system in California, has a role in setting the bar for teacher quality. We continue to be a model for others to emulate with a positive impact on the education and lives of students."

CSU campuses were extremely successful in obtaining the Teacher Quality grants. Of 17 applicants from California, only five grant proposals were selected, four of which came from the CSU. Nationally, out of 172 submissions only 28 were funded.

Noted in the CSU grant applications is the support and partnership opportunities provided by the CSU Center for Teacher Quality, CSU Center to Close the Achievement Gap, CSU Center for the Advancement of Reading, and the Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning Online and Teaching (MERLOT). Collectively these centers will assist the CSU projects in meeting the call for using/enhancing research and data, professional development, literacy and reading instruction, and digitalized educational resources. The CSU was also successful in presenting programs that address the needs of English learners and students with special needs.

An additional $100 million in Teacher Quality Partnership grants, provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will be awarded in a second competition. Proposals for that competition are being submitted next week.

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