Math and Science Teacher Initiative

Math and Science Teacher Summit

California State University
Meeting California's Challenge
March 2, 2006

Summit Highlights: Agenda - Welcome to Concluding Comments
Plenary Sessions: PowerPoint Presentations
Concurrent Sessions: Notes and Resources
Key Document: Rising Above The Gathering Storm


Leaders across American society have recognized the critical importance of recruiting and training more and better-prepared mathematics and science teachers for the nation's schools. This was a central conclusion of Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future, the recently issued report of National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Prospering in the Global Economy of the 21st Century.

The Committee, which contained within its members several current and former industry chief executive officers, university presidents, researchers - including three Nobel prize winners, and former presidential appointees - reported as the highest priority action to be taken: Annually recruit 10,000 science and mathematics teachers. Its second priority action was to: Strengthen the skills of math and science teachers through training and education programs. And its third priority action was to: Enlarge the math and science pipeline by increasing the number of students who take advanced science and mathematics courses during high school.

The recommendations of this National Academy of Sciences Committee conform closely with the design the California State University is initiating within its landmark Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative. The May 2004 compact between Governor Schwarzenegger and California's higher education community identified the critical shortage of K-12 mathematics and science teachers as a major priority. A commitment was made by the California State University system to double the production of mathematics and science teachers by the year 2010.

The Recruiting and Preparing Mathematics and Science Teachers Summit held on March 2 was one component of the initiative. It helped to lay the foundation for significantly increasing the production of mathematics and science teachers - thereby creating the capacity for improving mathematics and science education and strengthening the math and science pipeline. The Summit, in this fashion, addressed the most significant human resource issues that California and its science and technology based industries face today.

The California State University Chancellor's Office co-sponsored the Summit with a number of partners, including Apple Computer, The Boeing Company, the California Space Authority, the California Council on Science and Technology, the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning, Edison International, the Majestic Realty Company, Morgan Stanley, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and State Farm Insurance. The Summit location was at the Pacific Palms Conference Center in Industry Hills, California, 35 miles east of Los Angeles. The attendees included representatives from throughout the CSU system, California's other K-12 and higher education institutions, and business, foundation, and governmental agency leaders.