CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Receives $6.5 Million in Federal Funds for Teacher Training

Date: 09-26-2014

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico has received one of 24 grants from the U.S. Department of Education to recruit, train and support new teachers primarily in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

CSU, Chico’s Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant proposal was funded at approximately $6.5 million over five years.

The successful CSU, Chico proposal is called the PRISMS Project (Promoting Rural Improvement in Secondary Mathematics and Science). It includes two programs: Residency in Secondary Education, housed in the School of Education, and Next Generation Mathematics Teachers, housed in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

“This grant award is a strong validation of the work we propose to do on the PRISMS Project, as well as the excellent work we've done on our previous TQP-funded project,” said education professor and project director Maggie Payne. “It is especially gratifying to be awarded this grant to advance the work of rural schools, whose critical role and challenges are often overshadowed by those of urban schools.

“We have assembled an outstanding coalition of university, K-12 and community college partners who will guide the development of a new generation of teachers who are more diverse and better prepared than ever to support rural student achievement, particularly in STEM-related studies,” said Payne.

The primary aims of CSU, Chico’s PRISMS project are to

  • increase the pool of well-qualified teachers in mathematics, science, English and special education for our rural schools
  • support prospective and in-service teachers in effectively implementing the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
  • promote improvement and equity in student achievement, particularly in math and science
  • increase the number and diversity of college-bound students in the region
  • promote greater interest among those students in pursuing STEM-related majors

Other CSU campuses that received TQP grants are CSU, Bakersfield; CSU, Dominguez Hills; CSU, Fresno; CSU, Fullerton; CSU, LA; CSU, Monterey Bay; and CSU, San Bernardino.