Our Work

Teacher Practice Networks

The Teacher Practice Networks initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is designed to accelerate the work of teacher networks as they support their members in successfully implementing college readiness standards.

Since 2013 the Teacher Practice Networks have provided funding to three different cohorts of organizations, 35 in total, advancing Common Core-aligned practices. The collective work of these organizations helps to reach more than one million teachers. The Center will launch a fourth round of funding in the fall of 2016. The initiative’s goals include supporting organizations to:

  • Develop teacher leaders to lead other teachers in collaborative, professional learning
  • Provide teacher leaders with high-quality CCSS-aligned resources, digital tools and platforms, and social media training to allow sustained teacher learning
  • Strengthen existing partnerships with local/state/federal organizations to sustain teacher leadership development and scale network efforts through broader outreach

The Center’s California Initiative

816d74327db6496197ef8fd46934be61-800The Center for the Future of Teaching & Learning, in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, launched the California Initiative in response to the immense challenge facing the state’s educators: successfully implementing the new California State Standards to improve student success.

At The Center we believe in collaboration through coalition, insight through investigation, and that progress stems from sharing broadly both what works and what’s needed. This is exactly our approach in California.

As a network builder, a researcher, and an information nexus, we work to equip all stakeholders with the tools necessary to strive forward implementing the new standards. We listen to — and work closely with — teachers, administrators, service providers, and education officials to ensure that this vast and important effort reflects on-the-ground classroom insights and the intricacies of a statewide view at every step.

We seek to improve standards implementation by working as the bridge connecting resources, practice, information, and insight to wherever it’s needed most.

The Center is a project of WestEd a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency that partners with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.

CA Insights: A Project of The Center’s California Initiative

A critical tool for advancing California State Standards implementation is good information. We’re scouring the state to equip leaders in policy, districts, schools and technical assistance, as well as educators at every level, with the insights necessary to anchor decisions to facts and ensure actions taken yield measurable progress.

We built this CA Insights website to make the information as broadly accessible and easily shareable as possible, so that everyone in CA, and beyond, can use what we know to inform and improve their role in standards implementation.

These school district leader interview insights are the first in an ongoing, multi-year series of insights into CA state standards implementation, collected from the educators at the heart of it. Check back soon to learn what teachers are saying about the state of standards implementation in California.

Read Insights into California State Standards Implementation: 2015-16 CA District Leader Interviews: