CSU Math Teacher Education Partnership

The CSU MTE-P: A Collaboration of the MTE-P and the California State University System

California State University, Fullerton was the initial member of APLU MTE-P in the CSU system. In spring 2014, several other additional campuses within the CSU system began to explore the potential value of the partnership in supporting improvement of their secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs. As discussions continued, the Chancellor’s Office became interested in the potential of the MTE-P to enhance CSU’s broader commitment to improve teacher preparation in alignment with the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

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The Chancellor’s Office polled 22 campuses engaged in teacher preparation, and all the 22 were interested in participating in the MTE-P. As a result, the CSU Fullerton's initial MTE-P team was reconstituted to become a system-wide team -- the California State University Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership (CSU MTE-P) -- including all interested campuses, along with associated school partners. CSU Fullerton remains the lead institution for this expanded team. Based on input from conference participants and further discussion from all 22 campuses involved, a general consensus emerged:

  • Participation in the MTE-P holds significant promise in advancing the work of the CSU campuses. To begin participation with MTE-P, individual campuses should pursue opportunities to engage in the work of Research Action Clusters (RAC) in accordance with their needs and priorities.
  • Moreover, the CSU-MTEP network provides significant value for collaboration within the state. In addition to providing an opportunity to sharing progress in the RACs across the campuses, CSU MTE-P might explore use of the NIC design to address particular state-specific needs and priorities in secondary mathematics teacher preparation.

This collaboration—unique both in its national scope and local focus—has the potential to set directions for needed improvements in secondary mathematics teacher preparation across the CSU campuses and across the nation. Building on the collaboration with MTE-P that has already begun, current activities are aimed at accelerating the progress of the California State University (CSU) campuses in improving secondary mathematics teacher preparation. Specific objectives include:

  • To provide representatives from CSU campuses and their K-12 partners with in-depth knowledge about the NIC design and its application by the MTE- P to transform secondary mathematics teacher preparation.
  • To inform representatives from CSU campuses and their K-12 partners about the MTE- P’s objectives, activities, and progress of current improvement efforts underway in order to explore ways in which CSU campuses can participate, learn from, and be a leader in those national improvement efforts.
  • To continue to build the CSU MTE-P community, as members of that community begin to explore CSU-specific needs and priorities in secondary mathematics teacher preparation.
  • To explicate what a well-prepared new secondary mathematics teacher completing a CSU program should know and be able to do, and to explore measures that support that definition along with members of the MTE-P Measures Working Group.

Projected CSU MTE-Partnership Impact

Anticipated Outcomes and Evaluations

As a result of the activities of this project, the following outcomes will be achieved:

  • Individuals at the CSU campuses, along with their K-12 partners, will gain increased understanding of the NIC model and how it can be used to guide improvement efforts.
  • The CSU campuses will develop plans for improvement, including immediate priorities for participation in the MTE-P RAC's, along with potential participation in additional CSU-specific improvement efforts.
  • CSU MTE-P will develop a system plan for continued engagement and collaboration among the CSU campuses to address common problems of practice.
  • CSU MTE-P will develop an initial definition of candidate quality and associated measures in concert with MTE-P measurement effort, but with local and state adaptations as needed.
This work will form the basis for continued collaboration locally and nationally in developing specific improvements to challenges facing secondary mathematics teacher preparation. CSU MTE-P will both gain from and contribute to the national MTE-P movement, serving as a model for how to effectively structure statewide collaboration within the context of the national effort.

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CSU MTE-Partnership Convening

Long Beach, CA. October 10-11, 2014

A hallmark event for the launch of the CSU MTE-P will be a two-day convening on October 10-11, 2014, at which representatives from the CSU campuses will have opportunities to learn about the NIC design generally, to explore how the model has been adopted by the MTE-P, and to establish initial plans for how campuses might use the NIC design to support their improvement efforts through collaboration with the MTE-P Research Action Clusters (RAC) or through new activities.

Plans for Convening

Planned sessions

The event will consist of short informational sessions, followed by extended breakout sessions designed to further explore particular issues. Sessions will be presented and facilitated by leaders of the RACs, who will provide both connections to the existing MTE-P work and experience in implementing the NIC design, along with the partnership’s primary consultant from the Carnegie Foundation on NIC design.

Convening Follow Up

Ensuring Progress within CSU MTE-Partnership

Several follow-up activities and events following the convening will ensure that progress will continue both in collaborating with other partners nationally as well as forging new local interests. First, as campuses identify interests in working with particular RACs at the convening, they will be invited to  begin participating in the discussions of the RACs, including how they might contribute to RAC activities planned for spring semester 2015.

Defining Candidate Quality and its Measure

Participating or Collaborating With CSU MTEP Measure Working Group


Finally, a subgroup of 4-5 CSU MTE-P representatives will be formed to work on defining candidate quality and its measurement. This will build on a thread of activity across the planning period, beginning with inviting a CSU representative to participate at the August meeting of the MTE-P Measures Working Group. Initial discussions on measures will be included in the Convening, followed by the formation of the measures subgroup.