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CSU Receives Large Grant for Education of New Teachers

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The California State University (CSU), the nation’s largest educator of teachers, is launching a major initiative to prepare California’s next generation of teachers. A $3 million grant from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation will assist CSU in developing approaches that equip new teachers to teach the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that will be implemented in California in 2014-15.

“This is a time of historic change in K-12 classrooms throughout the state,” said CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White. “Through partnerships with groups like the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the CSU will stay at the forefront of producing the exceptional teachers required in 21st century classrooms.”

Preparing A New Generation of Teachers for California builds on the six-year partnership between the CSU and the Bechtel Foundation. The partnership has generated successful new models for preparing elementary and secondary teachers in science and mathematics. These models, which are based on clinical partnerships with K-12 school districts, will now be extended for preparing highly skilled new teachers in all subjects.

The initiative is particularly important because of its timing. California’s adoption of the CCSS and NGSS is rapidly resulting in major changes in K-12 curriculum and instruction. New assessments are being designed to measure student attainment of the standards. Through this initiative, the CSU will prepare new teachers to implement the new standards, use the new assessments to improve student success, and model innovative teaching practices in their school districts.

“We applaud CSU for responding to the new CCSS and NGSS standards with such a bold effort that will benefit California’s teachers and students,” said Lauren B. Dachs, president of the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.


About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 447,000 students and 45,000 faculty and staff. The CSU awards more than 100,000 degrees annually and since its creation in 1961 has conferred nearly 2.9 million. The CSU is renowned for the quality of its teaching and for the job-ready graduates it produces. The mission of the CSU is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California. Connect with and learn more about the CSU at CSU Social Media. Show how the CSU matters to you and take action.

About the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation is dedicated to increasing the number of well-educated children and youth with strong values and a commitment to an ethic of civic responsibility; and also advancing the management, stewardship and conservation of California’s water and land resources. For more information, please visit