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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:

Headshots of Charlotte Evensen, Jill Perez, and Kacy MartinThe 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 Associate Director
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Don N. Cardinal

Professor and TPI Founding Director Emeritus
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Charlotte Achieng-Evensen, Ph.D.

CalEPIC Senior Transformation Specialist
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Kacy Martin, Ph.D.

Research & Data Analyst
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Jill Perez

Program Specialist

Grant Supports and Consultants:

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Glen Price
Caitlin Vaccarezza
Annie Zinn

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Calvin Stocker

Sarah Beal

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Bweikia (Kia) Steen, PhD
George Mason University

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Kevin Stockbridge, PhD
Chapman University

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Margie Curwen, PhD
Chapman University

Cathery YehCathery Yeh, PhD
Chapman University

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Maribel Galan, EdD
Leadership Consultant & Former Superintendent of Alta Public Schools

Rhonda Marriott
Rhonda Marriott
Orange County Office of Education

  • Please check back often to www.CalEPIC.org as we update CalEPIC! Contact Charlotte Evensen, evensen@chapman.edu, for additional information.