Centers & Institutes
The Graduate School of Education is involved in a wide range of research, evaluation, professional development, and outreach through its centers and institutes.
The California Reading and Literature Project provides high quality, standards-based professional development in reading and language instruction to help ensure that every California student achieves the highest standards of academic performance.
Professional Development Schools are innovative partnerships between K-12 schools and university teacher credentialing programs. Teacher candidates work for one or two semesters alongside a veteran cooperating teacher, giving them the same opportunity to connect theory to practice.
Math Teachers' Circle of Thousand Oaks: The Math Department of California Lutheran University is providing no cost professional development for the math teachers of our partner schools in Ventura County through an innovative Math Circle program.
A "math teachers' circle" is a forum for math teachers to further explore topics that relate to the middle and high school math curriculum in order to enhance both teaching and understanding. It also provides a social network to share discussion and teaching experiences. Typically, a "facilitator" (usually a university math faculty but not necessarily) briefly introduces a particular topic at the beginning of a session and then the teachers work in groups in a hands-on, exploratory fashion on problems related to the topic. This discovery time is usually the bulk of the session and highlights the general philosophy of a circle that the teachers "own" the circle and engage directly with the material.
There will be a break for dinner (provided by us!) and a bit of socializing and networking followed by a return to the problems for the last 45 minutes or so. During this last part of the session teachers will typically present the work they did on a few of the problems, either at the board or on a projector. Engaging discussion is encouraged throughout the whole session!
Please check the Math Teachers Circle website for upcoming dates.