CSU receives more than $50 million to recruit, train and support more STEM Teachers

Seven CSU campuses have been awarded a total of $53,757,322 by the U.S. Department of Education to help recruit, train and support more than 11,000 teachers—primarily in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields—over the next five years. With the grants, CSU campuses at Bakersfield, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Chico, Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Los Angeles and Monterey Bay will work with high-need school districts to strengthen teacher preparation and residency programs, ensuring that new teachers have the skills to improve student achievement.

“The CSU is committed to preparing more high-quality teachers who are equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to help shape tomorrow’s California,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “CSU campuses received nearly a third of the federal funding available, and these awards will be crucial in helping to ensure that our teachers have the training and support they need to continue to ignite passion in children about STEM-related fields.”

Producing the majority of California’s teachers over the past decade, the CSU’s preparation of teachers is largest of any public university system in the nation. In fact, the CSU graduated an average of over 10,000 new teachers annually during this period, and over the past eight years has successfully doubled the number of math and science teachers it prepares from 750 to 1,500.

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, growth in STEM jobs has been three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs over the last 10 years, and STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent throughout the next decade. By launching innovative efforts such as the CSU STEM VISTA Program, CSU STEM Collaboratives and CSU’s Pathway to New STEM Teacher Excellence initiative, the CSU is helping create a pipeline of well-prepared high school students who will enter college as STEM majors, and graduate to become the future leaders in STEM-related fields.

These awards are the culmination of this year’s Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant competition that President Obama announced in May at the White House Science Fair. For the first time, this year’s TQP competition focuses on preparing STEM teachers, and increasing the participation of underrepresented groups—women, minorities and people with disabilities—in teaching STEM subjects. The 2014 TQP grantees will train teachers in a wide variety of approaches to STEM instruction, from early learning through high school levels.

Efforts resulting from the awards will advance the goal that President Obama set in his 2011 State of the Union address to prepare 100,000 STEM teachers over the next decade with strong teaching skills and deep content knowledge. In addition, answering the President’s call to action, nearly 200 organizations—including the CSU—have formed a coalition called 100Kin10, all committed to the goal of increasing the supply of excellent STEM teachers.

The CSU system received over two and a half times the funding as all institutions combined in any other state. CSU campuses successful in obtaining the new Teacher Quality Grants have obtained the following five-year funding:

  • CSU Bakersfield (Growing Rural Opportunities Residency Program): $7,339,062
  • Chico State (PRISMS Project: Promoting Rural Improvement in Secondary Mathematics and Science): $6,479,717
  • CSU Dominguez Hills (STEM Teachers in Advanced Residency): $12,458,834
  • Fresno State in collaboration with Fresno Unified School District (Fresno Teacher Residency Program): $7,795,066
  • Cal State L.A. (Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency Program Transformation Initiative): $11,064,077
  • CSU Monterey Bay in collaboration with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Central Coast Partnership for Teaching Excellence): $8,620,566

For more information on the Teacher Quality Partnership Grants, visit the U.S. Department of Education.

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