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CalStateTEACH, an online and on-site teacher preparation program, is designed for those pursuing a Multiple Subject (elementary) teaching credential, preparing creative, collaborative and reflective teachers for California’s future.
Teaching in the 21st century is being redefined in part due to the changes in other workplace environments. The CalStateTEACH curriculum is aligned with 21st century literacies and prepares future teachers to integrate mathematics, science, coding, animation and technology into their teaching practices. Technology has tremendously impacted the teaching profession and how students acquire knowledge. Academic content is accessible through technology, and integrating technology creates opportunities to build social skills as well as thinking and learning through situated learning and social cognition. Results of research suggest that technology integration in preservice teacher training increases teacher candidate self reported levels of confidence (Hare, Howard, & Pope, 2002).
In teacher education, the classroom environment is critical to the formation of teacher perceptions about teaching and learning. New teachers observe the behaviors of mentors and other teachers and rely on their own experiences to form perceptions. The classroom itself is an environment for social learning and cognition. CalStateTEACH is striving to be forward thinking in developing new instructional models for teacher education including collaborative practices which can mediate 21st century learning and teacher development.
In 2009 CalStateTEACH began establishing innovative summer programs to minimize the summer learning regression that often occurs when students have an extended summer vacation period. The summer programs, referred to as Literacy Lab Schools because each program included a focus on literacy, incorporated 21st Century knowledge and skills and were based on advances in cognitive sciences. They also optimized the use of technology as a tool for learning and for reducing the digital divide across distinctly different urban and rural partner districts. Working closely with carefully selected district partners, candidates, and faculty, CalStateTEACH developed a collaborative model for summer school that would support students in low socioeconomic schools and customized to fit the needs of the partner school districts.
By 2105, Literacy Lab Schools organized by CalStateTEACH, swept from the Sierra foothills, across the coastal region of Northern California, through the Bay area and south down to Monterey. Located in Eureka, Santa Rosa, Sacramento, Oakland, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Salinas and Monterey, they reached a population of students diverse in ethnicity, language, ability, and economic status. Collaborative and connected teams of educators used innovation, coaching, reflection, and technology to customize teaching and learning for learners in heterogeneous environments.
This book highlights work done by faculty, teacher candidates, and students in the summer of 2015.
An Apple Distinguished Program, CalStateTEACH also received the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) 2014 Innovative Use of Technology Award for its innovative application and integration of digital tools for instruction.