Well, good news folks! I recently learned on a 4CA webinar that, back in 2016, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing adopted major revisions to the standards and expectations for administrator and teacher preparation programs across the state. These revisions overhaul the previous standards by adding required content on the mental health and social-emotional wellbeing of students—including expectations related to trauma, culturally responsive teaching, restorative justice, racism, and implicit bias. There are even new standards around school climate and the role of multi-tiered systems of support, which are cornerstones of the UE model. All in all, the fact that all teachers and administrators will receive training on these UE-aligned topics as a part of their credentialing process should feel like a really exciting step for all of us who have worked to bring this work and mindset into schools.
To support programs in adopting these standards, the Center for Leadership Equity and Research (CLEAR) has compiled a ton of great resources on each of these topics. Although these are technically intended for teacher and admin training programs, many of these are resources that any of us could pick up and easily use in our day to day work—even if only to share with teachers and admin at your school. For reference, I’ve linked in CLEAR’s pages for some of our most relevant topics, which I hope can be helpful to you.
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Sean Murphy, Assistant Director of Program Assessment and Evaluation