Cal TAC was formed in
2005 as a means for bringing real world classroom experience - the wisdom of practice - to policy
makers and others whose decisions affect the quality of science and math education in California
schools. Made up of a carefully selected group of award winning, highly accomplished teachers from
across the state, Cal TAC has been working to provide greater opportunities for students to engage
in the STEM disciplines as well as to improve their academic performance. Members also serve as
mentors, Master Teachers and professional development providers, evidence of their strong commitment
to strengthening the teaching profession.
Cal TAC was created by the California Council on Science and
Technology as a means of bringing a much-needed connection between the classroom, education
leadership, policymakers and the research community around high quality teaching within the STEM
disciplines. Made up of a carefully selected group of award winning, highly accomplished teachers
from across the state, Cal TAC has been working to provide greater opportunities for students to
engage in the STEM disciplines as well as to improve their academic performance.
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:
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.
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.
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.