California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Megan Guise, Ph.D., associate professor of education at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, is recognized for her continuous record of innovative and successful projects that promote the success of all stakeholders in the School of Education at Cal Poly and in the larger San Luis Obispo K-12 community.
Guise's dedication to preparing future teachers has been the driving force behind her many efforts to bring reform to coursework and the clinical experience, which have led to strong partnerships with local school districts. Her research into the effectiveness of co-teaching as a strategy within clinical practice settings has led to campus-wide modifications to credential programs.
As part of a grant, Guise provided leadership on training district employed supervisors and university supervisors, work that has enhanced the clarity and quality of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's teacher preparation programs and contributed greatly to the campus' accreditation requirements.
Currently, Guise's work on a federal $6.8 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant allows her to build partnerships between teacher preparation programs and local schools. As the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic led to a shelter-in-place order for the State of California, Guise's leadership and commitment to innovative practice was amplified as she crafted ways to support teacher candidates as they became part of the solution.
“Dr. Megan Guise is an excellent role model for her students and faculty colleagues alike. She is an amazing ambassador for Cal Poly and for the CSU," says J. Kevin Taylor, Ph.D., director of the School of Education at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.