Teacher Education in the News

CSUB Department of Teacher Education Partners with Kern High School District in New Teacher Residency

California State University, Bakersfield and the Kern High School District launched a prep program Tuesday to help develop future high school teachers. Kern County suffers from a significant teacher shortage and programs such as the Kern High Teacher Residency are designed to recruit and retain good teachers. “This program offers great opportunity for the development of future teachers by using experienced and effective KHSD teachers to train, mentor, and coach new teachers, and it also meets a significant need for our community,” said Dr. Michael Zulfa, associate superintendent of human resources in a news release. Data from both local and national sources show that residency preparation results in teachers who are better prepared and are more likely to be retained in the district, according to KHSD. Twenty KHSD teachers were chosen to take part in the program. Take a look at the stories from KBAK and KGET.

CSUB Hosts 4th Annual Better Together: CA Teachers Summit

The California Teachers Summit brings together educators, administrators and those interested in pursuing a career in teaching at nearly 40 locations across the state, including the CSUB campus. The day allows teachers to share ideas and network with fellow educators. “This event is unique. The purpose is to celebrate teachers, to thank them for the incredibly important work that they do, and to inspire them to continue making a positive impact on the lives of kids and families,” said Dr. Kristina LaGue, Chair of CSUB’s Department of Teacher Education. “Over 8,000 teachers have already signed up to participate in one of the 40 locations across California. Each year, our event at CSU Bakersfield grows, and our current registration is the second highest in the state at more than 600 educators and future educators!” The main keynote, Sir Ken Robinson, will be livestreamed from CSU Fullerton to all 40 locations across the state. Sir Ken Robinson has led numerous national and international projects on creative and cultural education. His 2006 TED talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity,” has been viewed online more than 40 million times, and he is the most watched speaker in the history of TED.

32nd Charles W. Kegley Memorial Lecture & Workshop for Educators to Feature Harvard Education Professor

Dr. Meira Levinson, a leading researcher on educational ethics, youth empowerment, and civic education in K-12 schools, will be the featured speaker at the 32nd annual Charles W. Kegley Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, April 30th, in the Dore Theatre. The event is presented by the Kegley Institute of Ethics at CSU Bakersfield. Dr. Levinson, a professor of education at Harvard University, will present a lecture titled, “Ethical Dilemmas in Democratic Education.” The lecture will focus on debates over schools’ roles and responsibilities in a democratic society, including discussion of recent school walkouts, student-led marches “for our lives,” sanctuary school debates, and more. On Tuesday, May 1st, Dr. Levinson will be offering a workshop for educators on "Civic Education in Perilous Times" at the Larry E. Reider Center from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Registration is required here.

CSUB Department of Teacher Education's Kern Rural Teacher Residency Offers Professional Learning for Local Educators

The Department of Teacher Education’s Kern Rural Teacher Residency Program at California State University, Bakersfield is offering a free day of professional learning beginning on October 28 at 8 a.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose Room. All Kern County educators and those interested in becoming educators are welcome to attend. The professional development day will focus on transformational literacy. There will be keynote speakers and breakout sessions throughout the event provided by educators from Panama-Buena Vista School District, Bakersfield City School District, Greenfield Union School District and CSU Bakersfield. 

CSUB Kern Rural Teacher Residency's Camp BLAST! Ignites STEM Curiosity for Young Learners

Beginning June 12, 2017, more than 400 adventurous Kern County elementary and middle school students and 54 of their teachers will launch into lessons in science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at California State University, Bakersfield’s (CSUB’s) Camp BLAST! The summer camp is a collaboration among CSUB’s Department of Teacher Education and the Lamont Elementary School District, Semitropic Elementary School District, and Buttonwillow Union School District. The program was created to serve school districts and students in rural communities. It is designed to ignite students’ curiosity in STEM topics; train teachers in an engaging, interactive STEM curriculum; and broaden teachers’ experience in STEM topics.  

CSUB to Host New Generation of Educators Initiative Convening

California State University, Bakersfield will host a New Generation of Educators Initiative (NGEI) Convening to share best practices in teacher preparation across 11 California State University campuses on April 4 and 5.  Breakout sessions will be held at Student Housing East each day beginning at 12:45 p.m. on day one, and 11:45 on day two. Hosted by the Department of Teacher Education at CSUB, the event will feature topics such as selection of clinical placement sites, recruiting, selecting and supporting mentor teachers, providing quality and calibrated feedback to residents in teacher preparation programs, and the use of candidate data management systems to inform program decisions.

New York Times Bestseller Jonathan Kozol Set to Speak at CSUB

California State University, Bakersfield’s (CSUB) Kern Rural Teacher Residency will hold the Free Professional Learning for Educators Series, open to all Kern County educators on the CSUB campus. The series will take place one Saturday per month during the months of January through April. The goal of this program is to provide greater professional development opportunities and to foster active collaboration among administrators, classroom teachers and credential students. Anyone in the education field is welcome to attend. The first session, takes place on January 30, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. It will be held in conjunction with the Mini Maker Faire. Breakfast for attendees will be provided. 

CSUB To Host Free Professional Learning For Educators Series

California State University, Bakersfield’s (CSUB) Kern Rural Teacher Residency will hold the Free Professional Learning for Educators Series, open to all Kern County educators on the CSUB campus. The series will take place one Saturday per month during the months of January through April. The goal of this program is to provide greater professional development opportunities and to foster active collaboration among administrators, classroom teachers and credential students. Anyone in the education field is welcome to attend. The first session, takes place on January 30, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. It will be held in conjunction with the Mini Maker Faire. Breakfast for attendees will be provided. 

CSUB Teacher Education Department to Host IDEA Lab School Family Open House

The School of Social Sciences and Education, Teacher Education Department is hosting an Innovation, Design and Engineering in Action (IDEA) Lab School Family Open House on Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) Education building. Starting the Fall 2016, CSUB’s Teacher Education Department partnered with the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) to develop the Kern County Urban Teacher Residency Program (KUTR).  The newly created Residency Program helps produce experienced and STEM-knowledgeable educators who are ready for hire after completing the one-year program. The IDEA Lab School Family Open House will conclude the Residency Program for the Fall Semester and will occur again in Spring 2017 with the same students in attendance.  

Eleven CSU Campuses Receive Grants to Prepare a New Generation of Educators for California’s Schools

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.

CSUB, BCSD Awarded Grant to Expand Teacher Training

CSU Bakersfield and the Bakersfield City School District have been awarded a grant to help expand practice-based training for new Kindergarten through eighth-grade teachers.