New Generation of Educators Initiative

Preparing Teachers in Math and Science

Inspired by the belief that all California students have the right to receive a high-quality education and all California teachers have the right to be prepared to teach at the highest level every day, the New Generation of Educators Initiative (NGEI) seeks to ensure that graduates of California State University (CSU) teacher preparation programs enter the classroom truly ready for the joys and demands of teaching. Through this and other initiatives, the CSU is leading the way in advancing the new Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards. As the largest preparer of teachers in the state, the CSU also has an unparalleled ability to bring innovation to scale.

The initiative spans 2014 to 2019. With active support from the CSU Chancellor’s Office, eleven CSU campuses are involved in deep partnerships with local school districts to prepare teacher candidates to enter the classroom with the knowledge and abilities needed to effectively instruct students. This includes helping candidates develop a set of prioritized skills identified as important in the context of each local school district. Candidates gain these skills through a program of study at the CSU that is integrated with practical experience instructing in district classrooms – and receiving coordinated, continual feedback from mentor teachers and CSU supervisors. The use of data to drive improvement in the skills of individual candidates and to enhance the design of their teacher preparation programs is another hallmark of this initiative.

CSU District Partners
Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Chico, Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Monterey, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, and Stanislaus

Evaluation and Learning

An evaluation of the New Generation of Educators Initiative, conducted jointly by WestEd and SRI International, is assessing the quality of the CSU teacher preparation program, the pipeline of teacher candidates coming through it, the effectiveness of program graduates, and the capacity of the CSU system to engage in data-driven decision making.

WestEd and SRI International are also working with the CSU Educator Quality Center (EdQ Center) and participating CSU campuses to strengthen their ability to collect and use data for continuous improvement.

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