Teacher and Leader Preparation:
The California CEEDAR initiatives are intended to foster collaboration with key California professional groups and projects and to support sustainability and scaling up of CA/CEEDAR innovations.
Objective #1: Develop faculty expertise (including adjunct faculty) and commitment to UDL, MTSS, inclusion, and tiered levels of support and incorporate these frameworks into preparation programs. This work is being conducted in collaboration with the CA-MTSS project and the Orange County Department of Education.
Objective #2: Develop effective clinical practice via EPP/K-12 partnerships. This work is being conducted in collaboration with the California State University Office of Educator Preparation and Public School Programs.
Objective #3: Explore and facilitate development of different models of collaborative and integrative co-teaching/learning and shared expertise. This work is being conducted in collaboration with the California Council on Teacher Education.
Objective #4: Develop and implement strategies that focus on inclusive leadership practice and preparation. This work is being conducted in collaboration with the California Alliance for Inclusive Schools.
Certification and Licensure Standards:
California approved new teacher standards for general educators, described as the “trunk” of a tree—the skills all teachers need to know and be able to do to work effectively with diverse populations. The “branches,” the specialized skills needed by those who work intensively with students with disabilities, are in development. Licensure structures are also being reconsidered.
Preparation Program Approval and Licensure:
The standards for multiple- and single-subject programs have been approved and include the new teaching performance expectations designed to prepare teachers to work effectively with diverse populations. The standards for education specialist programs have not yet been revised, but it is anticipated that the Commission will direct staff to work on this in the near future.