California State University, Bakersfield and Bakersfield City School District Receive Grant to Prepare a New Generation of Teachers

California State University, Bakersfield and Bakersfield City School District have been awarded a grant by the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation to expand practice-based training for new K-8 teachers in implementing the state’s math and science standards. The Department of Teacher Education at California State University, Bakersfield prepares highly qualified teachers and professionals to teach in the K-12 public schools and to work with children and families in other educational settings. California State University, Bakersfield is among 11 California State University (CSU) campuses earning S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation grants.

“We are very appreciative of this grant. It supports our goal of partnering with K-12 schools, community colleges, and community-based organizations to raise the level of educational attainment in our region. Having innovative teacher education programs is a critical starting point for achieving our goals,” said CSUB President Horace Mitchell. “Our long-term goal is to prepare highly qualified new teachers for schools throughout the region, and together, we can achieve our ambitious plan.”

The grant will fund the Kern Urban Teacher Residency program, which prepares cohorts of CSUB credential candidates in intensive, high-quality clinical practice in close partnership with the Bakersfield City School District. Credential candidates will complete their coursework in a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) lab school on the CSU Bakersfield campus supported by a team of expert faculty from CSU Bakersfield and cooperating teachers from the Bakersfield City School District.

Investments made by the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation will expand the CSU’s New Generation of Educators Initiative (NGEI), an initiative focused on preparing highly qualified math and science teachers for the elementary and middle grades – the formative years in the educational pipeline that lay a foundation for students’ long-term success and college and career readiness.

“We applaud California State University, Bakersfield and Bakersfield City School District for this bold effort that will benefit students across the entire region for decades to come,” said Loren Blanchard, CSU executive vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.

For more information on the NGEI, visit http://teachingcommons.cdl.edu/CSUNewGen/.

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