On September 13-14, the UCI School of Education hosted a group of 50 teacher educators, faculty, and graduate students tasked with improving the preparation of teachers to teach multilingual students.
Led by Dr. Elizabeth van Es and Carlos Sandoval (Ph.D. candidate), as part of the Center for Teacher Education Research and Improvement Network (CTERIN), the purpose of the meeting was to establish a Networked Improvement Community (NIC) using the tools and methods of improvement science. The network convening brought together stakeholders from eight UC campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, UCLA, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz) to examine the UC teacher education programs' existing systems for preparing teachers, listen to the experience of teacher candidates, and generate ideas for a theory of improvement.
Over the 2018-19 academic year, the CTERIN NIC will focus on developing its theory of improvement, creating practical measures, and generating and testing changes to teacher education programs and practice. The CTERIN research agenda will center around understanding and interrogating the tools and methods of networked improvement science as an approach to research-practice partnerships.