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June 2010
Volume 2 - Issue 1
Birthday cake

Happy 10th Birthday, CalStateTEACH
Ten years old and still rock-solid

A decade ago the state of California was in the midst of a teaching crisis. School districts were provided funding to lower their K -3 student-to-teacher ratio to a low 20:1. Districts throughout the state eagerly reduced class sizes, and many soon found themselves coming up very short of teachers. California State University Chancellor Dr. Charles Reed envisioned a program that would address this shortage while combining the flexibility of on-line learning with real-world classroom experience. As a result of his vision, CalStateTEACH was born.

Because CalStateTEACH appeals to candidates who cannot attend university classes on a traditional schedule due to personal or professional reasons, the program quickly found its niche. CalStateTEACH's classes are just a keyboard away, day or night, making scheduling conflicts a thing of the past. But there's more to CalStateTEACH than just convenience—systemwide surveys have ranked the program's quality among the top CSU teacher preparation programs year after year.

There are reasons CalStateTEACH's graduates (and their employers) give the program excellent marks. Each intern or student teacher has an experienced, dedicated faculty member as a personal mentor and supervisor. Being able to apply their new knowledge in a school site-based environment gives students valuable professional experience. CalStateTEACH's integrated, "spiraling" curriculum lays the groundwork that brings genuine praise from school principals.

The situation facing California educators and students alike continues to be filled with challenges. The ongoing budget crisis is impacting every school district in the state. For the past several years, every spring has brought with it a wave of "pink slips" as school districts attempt to adjust. Traditional teacher training programs are witnessing continued decline in enrollment. Fewer novice teachers are remaining on the job.

But the future will likely not remain bleak for prospective California teachers. Over 170,000 new elementary students are expected to attend California schools in the next five years. Once again, our schools  may be short of teachers—very short. On its tenth anniversary, CalStateTEACH is ready to meet this need.

Happy 10th birthday, CalStateTEACH!


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