California State University, Chico and Chico Unified School District Receive Grant to Prepare a New Generation of Teachers

Date: 07-11-2016

CONTACT: Joe Wills
TEL: 530-898-4143

California State University, Chico and Chico Unified School District have been awarded a grant by the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation to expand practice-based training for new K-8 teachers in implementing the state’s math and science standards.

CSU, Chico is a recognized leader in preparing professional educators to meet the needs of a diverse society through innovation, collaboration and service. In collaboration with its community partners, its School of Education prepares teachers to be effective, reflective, and engaged.

CSU, Chico is among 11 California State University campuses earning S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation grants. 

“We are very pleased and honored to be receiving one of these important grants from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation,” said CSU, Chico President Gayle Hutchinson. “Our long-term goal is to prepare highly qualified new teachers for schools throughout the region, and together, we can achieve our ambitious plan.”

The grant, known as the Triad Project, will fund three strands: practice-based, teacher-driven professional development; university teacher preparation program transformation; and, co-teaching as a delivery method to transform all field experiences.

The project will fund district and university positions that will serve to build local capacity for K-8 teachers to create much needed integrated, standards-based curriculum units that are investigative, engaging and exciting, for both the teachers and their students.

Investments made by the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation will expand the CSU’s New Generation of Educators Initiative (NGEI), an initiative focused on preparing highly qualified math and science teachers for the elementary and middle grades – the formative years in the educational pipeline that lay a foundation for students’ long-term success and college and career readiness.

“We applaud CSU, Chico and Chico Unified School District for this bold effort that will benefit students across the entire region for decades to come,” said Loren Blanchard, CSU executive vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs.

For more information on the NGEI, visit