Southern California Program

UNITE-LA

Education
Los Angeles, CA
$300,000
June 2018

Facilitated by UNITE-LA, the L.A. Educator Pathways Partnership (LAEPP) is a collaborative effort among institutions of higher education (IHEs) and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to improve the preparation and retention of K-12 teachers through a data-sharing effort.  UNITE-LA builds trust among partners, facilitates consensus on a common research agenda, coordinates data analyses, and promotes understanding of the findings for continuous improvement in teacher preparation.  LAEPP has completed initial data exchanges providing LAUSD and IHEs with matched data on teacher candidates and for the first time connecting data on teacher training programs with teacher performance.  As part of this overall effort, a two-year grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation will support a focus on STEM teacher training, recruitment, support, and retention to improve STEM teaching in the district.  LAEPP’s institutional participants will gain a data-driven understanding of how student teaching placements currently work and what makes for a successful placement.  Results will inform STEM teacher pathways, identify best practices, and facilitate collaborative strategies for co designing clinical experiences so new teachers are well-prepared to provide quality instruction.  LAEPP’s STEM effort will inform continuous improvement in both IHE teacher preparation programs and LAUSD placement and support to improve the performance and retention of effective STEM teachers.

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