Major initiatives and partnerships are a critical part of our work to support educator preparation throughout the CSU with strategic, accessible and actionable information. This is a selection of our major initiatives and strategic partnerships:
The Educator Quality Center and partners from WestEd's Improvement Science Team are serving as a hub of support for a network of four campus teams drawn from the CO Learning Lab initiative to close the teacher diversity gap. This next generation of the work is called the Transformation Lab (TLab). Improvement teams will expand improvement efforts beyond recruitment to address broader systemic inequitues in their programs. Read more here.
The EdPrep Data and Improvement Network (EDIN) is now in its third year of collaboration. The group includes 18 members from 14 campuses. It is open to all CSU educator preparation data professionals. The group meets throughout the year to leverage tools and concepts that support using data for continuous improvement, share best practices for data collection, analysis and reporting, introduce and share tools and platforms for data management and visualization and influence and inform purchasing and policy related to data management tools and systems. Read more here.
For the last several years, Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) across the CSU have engaged in important learning and improvement work led by a cadre of campus-based continuous improvement leads. To sustain the learning and work, EdQ hosts a community to help these leaders stay connected to each other as they each continue to pursue their work in the “spirit of improvement." Read more here.
The EdQ Center is in the midst of expanding the dashboards available to CSU teacher preparation programs. The new dashboards will provide all CSU campuses with access to high-priority data from the Chancellor’s Office and external partners, including:
These dashboards were developed based on input gathered from CSU educator preparation leaders, faculty, and staff over the last five years about their data needs. They reflect the guiding principles of the project 1) to increase access to important data; 2) to integrate previously siloed data sources to provide a more complete picture of the candidate experience; and 3) to create visualizations specifically designed to support program improvement work.
A second phase of the work will expand the dashboards beyond central CSU data sources. We are currently working with three pilot campuses on visualizations related to the CalTPA. In future phases of work we hope to focus on clinical placement tracking systems and fieldwork observation systems.
The work utilizes a data standard that the CSU helped develop, leading the way for better data use in educator preparation nationwide. It was made possible through funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates, Michael and Susan Dell, and Silver Giving Foundations.