Networked Learning Communities

Utilizing an Improvement Science approach to understand and address teacher education practice that leads to effective teaching.

CTERIN is working across the research-practice spectrum, utilizing an improvement science approach to better understand and address teacher preparation practice that leads to effective teaching. The goal of Aim Three is to investigate variations in teacher preparation across different models to understand the affordances and constraints for preparing teachers to enter the profession. We are drawing on the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's improvement science approach to study the efficacy of various models for teacher preparation and investigate how systems of teacher preparation improve. There is not a one-size fits all approach to teacher preparation; the question is not whether a certain model best prepares candidates, but how the different models meet the needs of teacher candidates to teach in various contexts in California and how programs can learn from each other to improve their efforts to prepare teachers.

Currently, CTERIN sponsors 3 communities. Click on their names to learn more and to get connected:

Multilingual Learners

Supervisors of Teacher Education (STENT)  

ETE Fellows


Towards this aim, a collaboration of researchers, teacher educators, and mentor K-12 teachers have begun cross-campus Networked Improvement Communities (NIC). The diversity of programs in the UC will allow members to test improvements within different preparation pathways as well as a wide range of geographical, social, and schooling contexts. A NIC determines a common problem to work on together.

The improvement science approach offers tools and frameworks for designing cycles of investigation, using common assessments to understand and share practice, collaboratively analyze data, and plan continuous improvement. Aim Three researchers are also studying participants’ learning and organizational change processes to better inform future NICs in teacher education programs.

Networked Learning Communities Committee Members

Thomas Philip (UC Berkeley)

Elisa Salasin (UC Berkeley)

Virginia Panish (UC Irvine)

 Emma Hipolito (UC Los Angeles)

 Irenee Beattie (UC Merced)

JerMara Welch (UC Riverside) 

Cheryl Forbes (UC San Diego)

Amber Moran (UC Santa Barbara)

Soleste Hilberg (UC Santa Cruz)