Bechtel Foundation Awards $10 Million for CSU Teacher Preparation

California State University has announced grants totaling more than $10 million from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation to eleven CSU campuses to expand the university's New Generation of Educators Initiative.

The grants will support the expansion of multiyear NGEI efforts to broaden practice-based training for new K-8 teachers tasked with implementing the state's math and science standards. Grants ranging from $600,000 to $1.2 million were awarded to CSU campuses in Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Chico, Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Monterey Bay, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, and Stanislaus. From 2014-16, the first phase of the initiative supported thirteen CSU campuses — eight engaged in full-scale transformation efforts in partnership with local districts and five that pursued targeted initiatives with district partners.

"The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation is an extraordinary partner, sharing our vision and commitment to providing California students with highly qualified math and science teachers who make classroom learning relevant and engaging," said Loren Blanchard, CSU executive vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. "For California and the nation to continue leading in the world's key economic sectors, we must continue to ensure our teachers are equipped with the latest teaching strategies that support high standards, innovation, and creativity. Through this vital foundation funding, CSU will continue to expand its collaboration with school districts to ensure K-8 students receive the highest quality instruction for college and career readiness."