In spring of 2021, the Chancellor’s Office, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, developed a new center called the CSU Center for Transformational Educator Preparation Programs (CTEPP). The Center leverages the successes of the New Generation of Educators Initiative (NGEI) and the Chancellor’s Office Learning Lab to Close the Teacher Diversity Gap to help support the transformation of CSU educator preparation programs into more equitable and just organizations. One key component of the Center is the Transformation Lab (TLab), a community designed to promote capacity to use data-driven continuous improvement to transform both the culture and the outcomes of educator preparation programs in alignment with the Center’s Key Transformation Elements (KTEs). Each team selects one KTE to work on in the Lab and to do a ‘deep dive’ around a problem they may not know how to solve yet, but that is a troubling equity imperative they feel they have some ability to impact within the next two years.
The TLab provides a community for campus teams to learn together with intention and focus, accelerating the pace of improvement aligned with the CTEPP vision.
Transformation is Happening
In its first year, the CTEPP community consisted of four campus improvement teams drawn from the Learning Lab network: CSU Bakersfield, Humboldt State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Cal State Northridge. These teams participated in the Equity and Excellence Certification Course and organized to make progress on their KTE goals. In the Lab, teams engaged in focused, continuous improvement work, collecting data and investigating their systems to produce theories of improvement to guide their efforts. They set measurable aims and chose specific drivers for improvement where they see opportunities on their campuses. Before ‘going big’, these teams are testing changes on a small scale and collecting evidence to support further expansion this year. Here are some examples of the changes being tested: