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CSULB, LBUSD Receive S.D. Bechtel Grant

Published: August 8, 2016

CSULB and the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) 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 California State University (CSU) prepares 10 percent of all the nation’s teachers and CSULB prepares the largest number of elementary, secondary and special education teachers in the entire system. CSULB is among 11 CSU campuses earning S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation grants.

“We take deep pride in our teacher education programs and the great teachers who are making a difference throughout our Long Beach schools,” said CSULB President Jane Close Conoley. “CSULB and LBUSD have been lauded nationally for our comprehensive and innovative collaboration in the area of teacher preparation and this grant will further strengthen our partnership and increase the number of highly qualified teachers in the area.”

The $1.5 million grant, in partnership with the LBUSD, will expand the Teacher Network developed in phase one of the work to ensure that all elementary and special education teacher candidates are placed in high-quality teaching placements. Candidates will engage in structured and sequenced early field experiences with teachers skilled in the new standards and adept at delivering high-impact, research-based instructional practices.

“This on-going support from the S.D. Bechtel Foundation will allow us to deepen and strengthen the preparation of our teaching candidates to ensure that they are prepared on Day One to be effective teachers,” said Marquita Grenot-Scheyer, the former dean of CSULB’s College of Education, who was recently appointed as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Teacher Education and Public School Programs for the California State University Office of the Chancellor.

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.

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“We applaud CSULB and LBUSD 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 the CSU New Generation of Educators website.