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January 9, 2007
DH 07 JH04
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CSU Dominguez Hills Recognized as National Model for Training Science and Math Teachers

Carson, CA - The CSU Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) College of Education (COE) Science and Mathematics teacher preparation program has been identified as a promising national model by the prestigious National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC). Howard Gobstein, vice president of Research and Science Policy, NASULGC, will visit one of CSUDH’s training sites, Washington Preparatory High School (WPHS) in Los Angeles, on Wednesday, January 10. The school is the training ground for many teacher interns who are participants in CSUDH’s Transition to Teaching and Mathematics/Science Teaching Initiative (MSTI) programs. The program excels in math and science teacher recruitment, preparation, and professional development and is a model of university-K-12 collaboration.

All of the CSU campuses have received funding for the Math and Science Teacher Initiative and related Teacher Recruitment Projects, aimed at doubling campus preparation of teachers in these fields. CSUDH received one of the largest awards due to the high quality of its plans.

Kamal Hamdan, director, Transition to Teaching Program, describes the partnership as one that benefits the University, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), and the many middle and high school students in LAUSD’s local area 6,7, and 8 schools. In this program, CSUDH faculty teach their courses on site and teacher interns from throughout the local districts attend CSUDH classes at WPHS.

“This is a genuine professional development school where the University faculty collaborate with the K-12 teachers and jointly provide high quality instruction, support and coaching,” he says.

The project works with other states and institutions in an attempt to stimulate wider adoption of its promising practices. Its findings will be disseminated broadly in regional meetings among faculty, university leaders and partners in education systems, industry and foundations. The multi-year initiative will seek to leverage complementary efforts by other leading organizations and culminate with a national summit to gauge its accomplishments and develop an agenda to sustain the national effort.

Gobstein will be met by WPHS principal Gail Greer and CSUDH representatives Hamdan and Lynne Cook, dean, COE. Also present will be Joan Bissell, associate director, Teacher Education & Public School Programs, CSU Office of the Chancellor; Vivian Ekchian, deputy director of human resources, LAUSD; and
Don Hafeman, assistant director, Certificated Recruitment and Selection, LAUSD.

The group will observe science and math classes, and discuss the goal and opportunities of the CSUDH/LAUSD partnership. According to Bissell, the aim of the program is to establish CSUDH as a model of science and math teacher preparation for inner city schools.

“NASULGC seeks to work with 215 member universities to significantly increase the number of high quality science and mathematics teachers,” says Cook. “It’s a genuine honor that they have chosen Dominguez Hills as one of the promising
models to study in order to promote broader adoption of its successful practices in other universities.”

Gobstein’s extensive science policy experience includes having been a vice president of the American Association of Universities, where he was principally responsible for federal relations for university science policy and advocacy, with an emphasis on the physical sciences and engineering.

Founded in 1887, NASULGC is the nation's oldest higher education association. A voluntary association of public universities, land-grant institutions and many of the nation's public university systems, NASULGC campuses are located in all 50 states, the U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

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Last updated January 9, 2007, 5:59 p.m.
by Joanie Harmon-Whetmore