Teacher Professional Development:  Continuing Commitment to Teacher Quality

Partnership for Success

Charles B. Reed - Chancellor

The California State University is renowned for the quality of the teachers it produces for the state's Pre-K-12 schools. Each year, more than half of the state's new teachers enter the workforce after receiving their education at one of our 23 CSU campuses. We are proud of their work to educate the state's young people and to prepare them for higher education.

However, it is not enough to graduate teachers into the classrooms. We must continue to offer professional development opportunities to help teachers and, in turn, their students, persevere on the path to success. For example, we provide reading, writing, and mathematics workshops, institutes, and online programs that help high school teachers better prepare students to do well on the Early Assessment Program (EAP) as juniors. It is critical that California produce more and better science and math professionals to keep the state economically vibrant, so we partner with other educational and industrial institutions to offer further study in these areas.

We believe that such partnerships benefit the entire educational continuum. When teachers are better prepared, they produce better prepared students. And when students are better prepared in school, they will do better in college and later in the workforce. Teacher quality is important to all Californians, and at the California State University we are continually working to improve upon all we do in teacher education.

Charles B. Reed - Chancellor

Susan Burr

Every student in California needs a highly capable teacher to ensure equity and opportunity for all students. To meet that goal, teachers must be provided continuing learning opportunities to further subject matter knowledge and effective teaching strategies. Teacher professional development is a key endeavor of the county superintendents in California. We believe it is one of the most important ways in which we can help school districts improve student performance and close the achievement gap.

The California County Superintendents Educational Services Association commends the California State University for its leadership in providing professional development to teachers in a variety of areas. We are particularly pleased to partner with the CSU in offering professional development to high school teachers of mathematics and English-language arts related to the Early Assessment Program. Ensuring that every student is taught by highly effective teachers is vitally important to all of us. Working together, our organizations accomplish much more than we do alone. We look forward to future joint initiatives.

Sincerely,

Susan Burr

Susan Burr
Executive Director, California County
Superintendents Educational Services Association