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California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC)

In January 2005, the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) collaborated with the National Academy of Sciences to establish the California Teacher Advisory Council (CalTAC), a group of highly accomplished mathematics and science teachers working to improve STEM education in California. Comprised of a competitively selected group of award-winning, highly accomplished K-14 teachers, CalTAC represents a cross-section of grade levels, subject matter, and communities throughout the state.

The council provides a unique resource to California to facilitate a much-needed connection between the classroom, education leadership, policy makers and the research community around high-quality teaching within the STEM disciplines. CalTAC teachers provide input on best practices and effective education policy, with a strong focus on digitally enhanced education. Members also serve as mentors, Master Teachers, and professional development providers, evidence of their commitment to strengthening the teaching profession.

Cal TAC's current work has grown out of an important report, Innovate 2 Innovation, a leadership document that focuses on digital teaching and learning. In order to go from aspiration to reality, Cal TAC put forward a framework with specific steps that need be taken to fully implement digitally enhanced education throughout the state. Their work rests on four foundational pillars:
  • The Classroom Environment: We must face the redefinition of schooling to include the classroom as a mobile learning environment (access any time, any place) in which students have an active role in their learning experience, resulting in more student engagement and deeper learning.
  • The Teacher: Schools everywhere must foster an innovative learning environment where teachers are well prepared and supported in their efforts to ensure student success in a digital world.
  • The Institutional Infrastructure: The infrastructure in these learning environments must keep pace with the digital world - students and teachers must have ready access to digital learning tools, coupled with policies that support their use.
  • The Partnerships: We must encourage and enhance public-private partnerships, a critical component for the development and sustainability of the envisioned 21st century learning ecosystems.

Cal TAC has sponsored workshops and symposia - and the white papers associated with them - have been carefully designed to enable participants to explore various aspects of digital teaching and learning in three important ways: They provide opportunities for candid discussion of the ways in which to prepare the teacher workforce to use digital tools effectively to support students' learning; they connect innovators to enable the sharing and advancement of new ideas; and they engage members of the policy community, early on, to strengthen the connection between policy, research, and practice.

For biographical information on Cal TAC members, click on one of the pictures to the right.

Updated 12/8/14

Current Cal TAC Members
Vice Chair
Chair Emeritus
Cal TAC Alumni