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January 26, 2007
DH 07 JH12
Contact: Joanie Harmon-Whetmore
Changes in Teacher Education: CTC to Hold Information Meeting at Cal State Dominguez Hills
Carson, CA - In response to the shortage of highly qualified teachers in California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
signed legislation in September 2006 to streamline the credentialing process, improve support and incentives
for new and experienced teachers, implement teaching performance assessments, and help low-performing schools
hire the best teachers. SB 1209, the omnibus education bill, addresses the challenges California is facing
due to the loss of 100,000 teachers over the next decade because of retirement. The bill took effect
January 1, 2007, but many of its provisions do not take place until later in 2007 or 2008.
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) is responsible for implementing many aspects of
SB 1209 and will host a series of information meetings at various locations across the state during January
and February. Teams of educators from colleges, universities and public schools in Los Angeles, Orange and
Ventura County areas will be attending an information session, hosted by the College of Education (COE) at
California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) on Thursday, February 1.
CTC’s “Technical Assistance” meeting is designed to answer questions about two important changes required by
SB 1209 that will affect teacher education in the state. The meeting will focus on changes to California’s
institutional accreditation system and the implementation of the Teaching Performance Assessment requirement.
The CTC’s Committee on Accreditation, co-chaired by COE Dean Lynne Cook, is proposing changes in the state’s
system of accrediting teacher preparation programs. Many of these changes will be explained by CTC staff.
Additionally, the law requires implementation, beginning July 2008, of a rigorous Teaching Performance Assessment
as a requirement of programs recommending candidates for elementary and secondary school teaching credentials.
The assessments shall be aligned with the California Standards for the Teaching Profession and congruent with
state content and performance standards for pupils in K-12 schools.
The meeting will take place in the Extended Education building on the campus, with the Accreditation update
held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and the Teaching Performance Assessment update held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Those
interested are encouraged to attend either or both sessions.
For more information, or to register for the CTC Technical Assistance Meeting
to be held on February 1 at CSUDH, go to www.ctc.ca.gov or download the flyer at www.ctc.ca.gov/educator-prep/DOC/Tech-Assist-Reg.doc.
The campus is located at 1000 E. Victoria Street in the city of Carson near the junction of the Harbor, Artesia
and San Diego freeways. Visitor parking permits may be purchased for $3.00 at the yellow dispensing machines at
the front of each campus lot.
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