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California Educator Preparation Innovation Collaborative 

The primary outcome of the grant is to develop a California-Based Educator Preparation Transformation Collaborative that focuses on capacity building for technical assistance for Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs) and their PK-12 partners. The Collaborative will focus on improving the quality of teacher preparation, and scaling and sustaining high-quality educator preparation programs. Our current focus is on EPPs within non-profit private and independent colleges and universities.

The CalEPIC network will build the capacity of California’s diverse, well-prepared, and thriving educators to support equity, inclusivity, and the whole child. It is our mission to work in trusted partnerships to design, develop, and deliver innovative supports for educator preparation programs that prepare a diverse and thriving teaching workforce that focuses on children who have often been traditionally underserved in schools, including students with disabilities, those who are Black, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, as well as those experiencing poverty. CalEPIC strives to increase equitable access and opportunities that result in critical learning, equity, justice, and wellness outcomes for each student by:

  • Strengthening the relationship between EPPs and LEAs to support pre-service and new teachers, improving teacher retention, and encouraging current EPP faculty professional learning in an effort to increase equity and access to high quality general education classrooms for all students.
  • Supporting Educator Preparation Programs in developing rigorous and relevant programming that supports meeting the needs of traditionally marginalized students, with a focus on continuous improvement cycles, and sustainability features such as stakeholder collaboration and buy-in, and financial sustainability. 
  • Developing a strong and diverse educator workforce by improving teacher development from initial training, through beginning teacher support along with increasing the capacity of all teachers in schools so they are optimally prepared to provide the highest quality education to ALL children with specific focus on those children who have often been traditionally underserved including students who are Black, Latinx, LGBTQIA+, and those in poverty, as well as students with disabilities.
  • Preparing teachers to create and sustain school environments where teachers and students thrive with a particularly focus on inclusion of students with disabilities, anti-racist practices, social-emotional learning and culturally and linguistically relevant teaching.
  • Preparing teachers to support the growth of their students’ social emotional competencies as well as their own health and wellness.

The development of CalEPIC is made possible with the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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 CalEPIC Partner Educator Preparation Programs:

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St. Mary's College of California

 CalEPIC in the News:

University of San Francisco logoThe University of San Francisco Joins Inaugural Cohort of the California Educator Preparation Innovation Collaborative


Two educators presenting in a classroom settingTeacher Education Partnering with Mt. Diablo Unified on California Teacher Residency Capacity Grant




A group of teen students and teachers stand holding certificates in the Rancho Cucamonga City Council ChamberIn the News: Edwards Named Teacher of the Year, Diversity in Tenured Positions, An ‘Epic’ Grant, and More






Dr. Nicol Howard is sitting in an office at a desk having a conversation with Dr. Brian Charest$300,000 grant supports partnerships in innovative education






 Three young students stand together with arms around each other posing in a classroomSOE Invited to Join CalEPIC Grant Submission





Dr. Kevin Stockbridge headshotThompson Policy Institute on Disability Adds Another Leader in Equity and Inclusion to the Team





Headshots of Charlotte Evensen and Jill PerezThe Thompson Policy Institute on Disability Welcomes New Team Members





TPI HouseThompson Policy Institute Awarded $3.5 Million to Establish CalEPIC





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Thompson Policy Institute Increases Efforts to Recruit and Train a Diverse Educator Workforce





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Meghan Cosier, Ph.D.

TPI Director and Associate Professor
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Audri Sandoval Gomez, Ph.D.

TPI Co-Director
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Charlotte Achieng Evensen, Ph.D.

CalEPIC Senior Transformation Specialist
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Kevin Nguyen-Stockbridge, Ph.D.

CalEPIC Project Manager