Special Interest Groups

Comfort Ateh of Providence College talks with Jim Cantor, CCTE Past President from California State University, Dominguez Hills

The California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE)  plays host to Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that meet at CCTE Conferences. SIGs are open to all interested members. Click any name to send a message to the SIG coordinator.

Arts and Education

Coordinator: Marianne D’Emidio-Caston, Antioch University
The arts are a fundamental part of all our lives-and so should be a vibrant part of teacher education.  Come explore these issues with a dedicated group during the Arts SIG meeting at the CCTE conference. Visit this SIG’s page. 

Inclusive Education SIG

Coordinator: Donald Cardinal, Chapman University
This new SIG is exploring and advocating for inclusive education and for collaboration between general educators and special educators.

Induction SIG

Chair: Melissa Meetze-Hall, Riverside County Office of Education
Provides an avenue for continuing exploration of the work of BTSA programs and the role of induction in the California teacher education continuum and the relationship and integration of these efforts with preservice teacher education.

Credential Program

Coordinator: Jose Lalas, University of Redlands
Offers opportunities for coordinators of credential programs at colleges and universities across California to exchange information, discuss issues, and develop coordinated plans.

Equity and Social Justice

Co-Chairs: Shannon Stanton, Whittier College and Charlene Starks, Elk Grove Unified School District
Seeks to offer augmented support for a democratic vision in the field of teacher education.

Lives of Teachers

Co-Chiars: Sylvia Kane, Vanguard University; Thomas Nelson, University of the Pacific; and Susan Westbrook, California Federation of Teachers
Open to educators interested in conducting research, writing, or  discussing topics related to: (1) the evolution of teachers’ careers, including the stages or “passages” that mark various phases of this evolution; (2) teacher biography and autobiography, with special emphasis on the stories that teachers tell about their professional lives; and (3) teacher professionalism, i.e., those features that distinguish teaching from other professions. Visit the Lives of Teachers website

Pedagogies for College and Career Readiness SIG

Coordinator: Linda Tiggs-Taylor, California State University, Long Beach
This new SIG will meet to organize and share our work on Linked Learning, California Career Academies, Common Core Standards, and other college and career readiness initiatives.

Technology and Teacher Education

Co-Chairs: Keith Howard, Chapman University; Nicol Howard, Chapman University; and Raina Leon, St. Mary’s College
The Technology SIG is focused on the use of technology to enhance the teaching profession, especially in areas where technology resources can be leveraged to create more equitable learning spaces for all students.  We aim to promote the sharing of effective technology infusion in K-12 settings through meetings and workshops at the semi-annual CCTE conferences, as well as via an online presence on various social networking channels.

Visit the Technology SIG website

Special Education

Coordinator: Irene Nares-Guzicki, California State University, Monterey Bay
Offers an opportunity for discussion and exchange between teacher educators interested and involved in the field of special education.

Undergraduate Teacher Education

Chair: Cindy Grutzik, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Explores issues related to pedagogy and subject matter in undergraduate teacher education programs.