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CED Receives $234K Irvine Grant To Help Better Prepare Teachers

Published: January 17, 2012

The College of Education at CSULB has been awarded a grant from the James Irvine Foundation to implement partnership models of clinical teacher preparation and induction that prepare new California secondary teachers for Linked Learning environments in high schools that will result in significant benefits to secondary school students’ learning and development.

This grant proposal was written in collaboration with the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) and with the support of the California State University Chancellor’s Office. The college will receive $234,260 over the next two years.

The principal investigator is CSULB College of Education Dean Marquita Grenot-Scheyer and the project coordinator is Interim Associate Dean Karen Hakim-Butt.

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“Linked Learning is an exciting reform for secondary education that brings together post-secondary preparation with workplace skills for the future careers of tomorrow,” said Grenot-Scheyer. “In collaboration with our partners in the Long Beach Unified School District, we are developing and delivering models of clinical preparation for our future secondary teachers that will ensure that all high school students experience strong academics, demanding technical education and real world experience in preparation for college and future careers. We are very grateful to the James Irvine Foundation for their support.”

The project objectives are:

• To implement a comprehensive clinical model of teacher preparation for Linked Learning at CSULB that is aligned with the wall-to-wall Linked Learning strategy in the Long Beach Unified School District.

• To put in place an innovative induction model for Linked Learning in Long Beach Unified School District that provides support for beginning teachers and is documented and disseminated for adoption by other districts as a fundamental component of induction addressing Linked Learning.

Expected outcomes are:

• Establish and document a model of clinical preparation at CSULB to prepare future secondary school teachers that embeds the principles and practices of Linked Learning throughout the curriculum, pedagogy and field experiences of high school teacher preparation.

• Expand, through the California Alliance for Clinical Preparation and across the 23 CSU teacher preparation programs, clinical preparation for high school teachers that incorporates Linked Learning, supported by a Handbook for Linked Learning Clinical Teacher Preparation.

Research and evaluation will be conducted in collaboration with the CSULB Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership.

Four Ed.D. candidates interested in conducting research related to Linked Learning will receive fellowships in each year of the project. Potential research areas include the nature of the partnership; clinical preparation; roles of the university and school staff; effects on instructional programs; outcomes among new and current teachers, including placements and retention at LBUSD high schools; and impacts on high school students such as academic achievement, high school graduation, college attendance and post-secondary aspirations.

–Ken Swisher