Press Release Teacher Preparation

New Grant Funding Will Bolster CSU Efforts to Enhance Diversity of Teacher Candidates




Three California State University campuses will receive a combined total of more than $8.1 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education to enhance the teacher pipeline from Latino and Hispanic communities. The three CSU campuses - California State University, Sacramento ($2,619,930), California State University, Long Beach ($2,746,255) and Sonoma State University ($2,750,000) – will receive five-year grants totaling $8,116,185.

"The acute shortage of teachers from underserved communities in the profession across California and the nation requires a plan of action that recruits, prepares, and retains Latino, African American, and other minority and low-income college students in teaching," said Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, assistant vice chancellor for Teacher Education and Public School Programs. "The CSU's teacher preparation programs' emphasis on diversity aligns with the goals of the U.S. Department of Education in increasing the diversity of the educator workforce."

The three campuses will document effective approaches for maintaining deep partnerships at multiple levels between higher education and the K-12 school districts that will employ future teachers. The campuses are slated to explore high quality clinical teacher preparation at strategically selected school sites, effective mentor/cooperating teacher collaborations, and the roles of clinical supervisors and coaches. They will be national leaders in developing knowledge on effective practices and about ongoing use of data to assess and refine preparation and retention of beginning teachers from Latino and Hispanic communities.

With nearly 6,800 teaching graduates each year, the CSU prepares more of California's P-12 teachers than all other institutions combined. Hands-on experiences provided by the CSU's teacher education programs help develop the expertise needed to serve culturally and linguistically diverse students. Currently, teachers from Hispanic backgrounds make up about 7.8 percent of the teacher workforce nationally, yet students from these backgrounds make up over 24 percent of the public school system's elementary and secondary student body and 54 percent of California's K-12 students. 

A recent study by the U.S. Department of Education reports social and academic gains for students of color when they are taught by teachers of color.

The CSU's dedication to serving the diverse population of California is a university-wide effort. More than one-third of entering freshmen are among the first in their families to attend college and the CSU is one of the most ethnically and racially diverse universities in the nation. Earlier this year, Sonoma State became the 21st CSU campus to be classified as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The Higher Education Act defines HSIs as colleges or universities where at least 25 percent of the undergraduate, full-time enrollment is Hispanic and at least half of the institution's degree-seeking students are low-income.

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