Empowering California’s STEM Teachers

Policymakers and industry leaders alike in California exhort the need for a future workforce trained in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Such a workforce relies on a strong foundation of STEM training for K-14 students. As more policymakers debate new programs and instruments to increase STEM training in K-14 education in California, the need for first-hand input from teachers with current classroom experience was clear.

Given this emerging need, CCST helped give California STEM teachers a new voice by creating the California Teacher Advisory Council (CalTAC) in 2005, via a philanthropic gift from the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.

Modeled after the Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), CalTAC’s overarching goal was to strengthen California’s teacher workforce and increase students’ success in STEM disciplines. CalTAC members were recruited from among award-winning, accomplished teachers from the K-14 system in California. CalTAC members include National Board Certified teachers, and those with membership on State and national committees.

About CCST

The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature in 1988 to provide objective advice from California’s best scientists and research institutions on policy issues involving science. We respond to the Governor, the Legislature, and other State entities who request independent assessment of public policy issues affecting the State of California relating to science and technology.

As this independent science advisory institution serving the State of California, CCST operates in partnership with, as well as receives financial and mission support, from a network of public and private higher-education institutions and federally funded laboratories and science centers. Individual CCST programs such as CalTAC are made possible via generous philanthropic partners. CCST thanks the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for their support of the CalTAC program.