Advancing a Bright Future
for the Teaching Profession

Advancing a Bright Future
for the Teaching Profession

The California Initiatives

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

 

The Center believes that leaders of schools, districts, and support providers can work together to ensure equitable outcomes for our students and their teachers. The California State Standards raise the expectations for our students, so we can set new standards for how we work to ensure students meet those expectations.

The Center’s California Initiatives consists of three strands of work:

 

Strand 1: CalSTAN

The California Standards Technical Assistance Network (CalSTAN) is comprised of technical assistance and professional development organizations committed to improving their capacity to deliver high-quality resources that support the implementation of the California State Standards within schools and districts, ultimately improving outcomes for our state’s students.

Our Team

Francesca Delgado

Francesca Delgado

Project Manager, California Initiatives
Ayele Dodoo

Ayele Dodoo

Network Director, California Initiatives
Robert Sheffield

Robert Sheffield

Director, California Initiatives
As the Director for California Initiatives at the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning at WestEd, Robert Sheffield focuses on strengthening implementation of the new content standards in California.

Sheffield works closely with California teachers and teacher advocacy groups to gather feedback and insights into their implementation of the new content standards in the state. His work also involves communicating the Center’s findings to California technical assistance providers, county offices of education staff, and state policy leaders so the information can guide enhancements in support of teachers.

Previously, Sheffield served as Executive Director for District Implementation at the College Board. During his tenure, he led efforts to grow the reach and effectiveness of the SpringBoard program through school and district leader professional learning and coaching. Sheffield also led advisory councils and focus groups to ensure that teacher voice was reflected within the program’s design and delivery.

Prior to working at the College Board, Sheffield served as a district administrator, high school teacher, and athletic coach.

Sheffield received a BS in educational studies and U.S. history from Vanderbilt University and an MS in curriculum, instruction, and technology from Nova Southeastern University.

Clay Willis

Clay Willis

Communications Specialist
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