​The California State University Office of the Chancellor has announced large grants to 11 campuses from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation to continue to expand the CSU’s New Generation of Educators Initiative (NGEI). The grants will be used to broaden practice-based training to support new K-8 teachers in implementing the state’s math and science standards. For more than 100 years, the CSU has led teacher training in the state, conferring the largest number of education degrees and multi-subject credentials to California’s teachers.

“The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation is an extraordinary partner, sharing our vision and commitment to providing California students with highly qualified math and science teachers who make classroom learning relevant and engaging,” said Loren Blanchard, CSU executive vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. “For California and the nation to continue leading in the world’s key economic sectors, we must continue to ensure our teachers are equipped with the latest teaching strategies that support high standards, innovation and creativity. Through this vital foundation funding, the CSU will continue to expand its collaboration with school districts to ensure K-8 students receive the highest quality instruction for college and career readiness.”

All told, the 11 campuses and their district partners will receive more than $10 million in grant funding. The grants range from approximately $600,000 to $1.2 million, depending on annual production of new teachers. The campus grant awardees include:

  • Bakersfield
  • Channel Islands
  • Chico
  • Dominguez Hills
  • Fresno
  • Fullerton
  • Long Beach
  • Monterey Bay
  • Sacramento
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Stanislaus

From 2014-16, the first phase of the NGEI supported 13 campuses: eight engaged in full-scale transformation efforts in partnership with local districts and five pursued targeted initiatives with district partners—all aligned with the new California standards. As the NGEI enters the second phase of its multi-year effort, investments made by the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation will continue to be guided by the five “Key Transformation Elements” that are central to the initiative: robust campus-district partnerships; focus on the skills, knowledge, and dispositions essential for beginning teacher success; high quality clinical opportunities including year-long residencies and co-teaching; support of cooperating teachers and campus coaches to provide meaningful feedback to teacher candidates; and continuous use of data to assess and strengthen individual candidate preparation and overall program quality.

For more information on the NGEI, visit https://www2.calstate.edu/impact-of-the-csu/teacher-education/ngei.​