Vision & Goals

LACTE is the Los Angeles Collaborative for Teacher Excellence.

Our original vision:

"LACTE seeks to elevate the status and the practice of teaching.  LACTE views teaching as a developed art through which teachers connect with students and enable them to learn.  Through improved pre-service teacher education and training, LACTE will produce teachers who have a solid foundation in disciplinary content and skills to engage their students.  These teachers will learn how different learning styles impact a student's development, explore ways to teach a diverse audience, and know how to connect science and mathematics to the broader world.  At the same time, LACTE will foster a change in the culture of higher education to a position that values the profession of teaching at all levels.  LACTE will actively recruit and support pre-service teachers, particularly those from underrepresented groups. All of LACTE's efforts will help increase the number of teachers by making teaching a more attractive profession, and by reducing barriers to completing the education needed to join the profession." (LACTE Brochure, 1996)                                                                  

 

This website looks back over the six years of the LACTE project.  It supports the conclusion that while LACTE's original goals grew more focused and mature over time, the project remained true to its original vision.

 

Goals:

  • Increase the number of students, particularly those from underrepresented groups, who pursue a career in mathematics or science teaching.

LACTE involved about 400 future and new teachers each year, recruited from science and math classes, student clubs, campus publications, counselors, LACTE events, and word of mouth.  The demographics of LACTE students mirror those of the students in the LACTE schools: approximately 1/3 Hispanic, 1/3 Anglo, and 1/10 African American.

Recruitment Strategies

Final summary report from LACTE to the National Science Foundation

  • Refine the present course of study at each participating institution to reflect recent research and developments in mathematics and science education.

LACTE has directly supported the revision or design of 25 ongoing courses and modules for science and mathematics classes that enroll future teachers.  These courses are hands-on and minds-on, student-focused, utilize a variety of instructional approaches, and employ assessment appropriate to the teaching approaches and the course goals.   

Curriculum Innovations

Institutional Reform

  • Integrate science, mathematics, and technology into pre-service courses for future teachers.

Students enrolled in LACTE courses will have experienced how technology can be integrated artfully and purposefully into the course of study.  Future teachers will experience how technology can and should be used to enrich educational experiences for the students they will eventually teach.     

Curriculum Innovations

  • Provide a rich experiential component for future teachers.

Providing rich and broad pre-professional activities was an important component of the LACTE project.  Future and new teachers attest that these provided worthwhile information and academic and career-oriented experiences that were valuable resources as they continue to work toward a teaching position.

Future and Novice Teacher Activities

  • Maintain a support network for prospective teachers.

Through activities and events, college and K-12 faculty, future and new teachers established connections to role model teachers, professional organizations, and others with similar career goals that will last long after the LACTE project.

Future and Novice Teacher Activities

  • Elevate the status of teaching and educational reform within the culture of higher education.

The most important permanent outcome achieved through the LACTE project is the change in the hundreds of faculty who have participated in various aspects of the project.  In turn, their influence is evidenced by a higher visibility on department and college committees and at professional organizations.  LACTE fellows are now in elevated faculty and administrative positions that enable them to have greater impact on educational and institutional policy.

Faculty Development

Institutional Reform