CCST fellows have responded to a request for support and have provided funding to enable the California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC) to continue.
"This is the first time we have asked the fellows for financial support, and we are very pleased with the level of response," said CCST Executive Director Susan Hackwood. "Cal TAC is playing an important role in our science and math education projects, and we feel it is definitely in the state's best interest to keep the organization active." Fellows who have committed funding include James Pooley, Joseph Penzien, Carl Weinberg, James Lemke, James Roberts, John Foster, Robert Wertheim, Douglas Moorhouse, C. Judson King and Paul Jennings.
Cal TAC is an advisory council of 12 experienced teachers, modeled after the National Academies' National Teacher Advisory Council. Initial funding was provided in 2005 by the Stuart Foundation. Funds to continue operations are needed.
In its first year, Cal TAC has built important connections with legislators and their staff in Sacramento, provided key input into the Critical Path Analysis of Science and Math Teacher Production, and participated in the California State University Summit on Science and Math Teacher Production.
"We value the input of the outstanding teachers that serve on Cal TAC," said Joan Bissell, associate director of teacher education and public school programs at the CSU Chancellor's Office. "We need to hear the voices of California's science teacher leaders as new strategies are planned, and having the Cal TAC teachers in attendance at this summit provided uniquely important perspectives."