Member Spotlight

On this page, we highlight CCTE members. It’s a quick way for folks to “get to know” our organization and the people behind it. Enjoy!

February 2021 Spotlight – CCTE President-Elect Heidi Stevenson

Heidi Stevenson In No One is Too Small to Make a Difference, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg asks, “…if solutions within this system are so impossible to find then maybe we should change the system itself?” As teacher educators we are uniquely positioned to interrupt systemic inequities and increase TK-12 student academic achievement and ability to thrive.

To achieve this goal Heidi believes we must continually ask ourselves a question posed by Django Paris  (2016), “How can we prepare teachers to enact pedagogies that meet the needs of the new mainstream; students of color characterized by multilingualism, multiculturalism, and the desire to strive toward equality in an unequal and shifting racially and ethnically diverse society?”

Heidi Stevenson’s work as Associate Director of Center for Reaching & Teaching the Whole Child (CTWC) is focused on supporting students and educators by promoting the integration of social, emotional and cultural competencies (SEC) throughout the teacher professional development pipeline from university teacher preparation, to beginning teacher support, and ongoing teacher professional development to address structural racism, well-being and academic achievement. CRTWC offers professional development for TK-12 educators, induction and teacher coaches, and teacher educators.

Heidi currently serves as President-Elect of the California Council on Teacher Education and representative on the California Department of Education Taskforce on developing transformative social-emotional learning competencies.  Prior to that Heidi worked as a teacher of young children, Associate Professor of Education at University of the Pacific, and Visiting Professor at University of California, Berkeley.  In all she does, Heidi works collaboratively toward supporting an anti-racist and anti-marginalization educational system that best meets the needs of our society’s biggest asset, our diverse next generation. 

January 2021 Spotlight – CCTE Vice-President for ATE Michael Cosenza

Dr. Michael Cosenza has been a member of the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) since 2006 and currently serves as an officer in the role of Vice-President-ATE. CCTE is the state affiliate of the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) and in this position, he serves as the liaison between the two organizations.  Since taking office in 2018, Michael has strengthened the partnership between ATE and CCTE and spearheaded the first California Clinical Fellows Symposium, reproducing ATE’s national program at the state level. He also represents CCTE each year at the ATE National Delegate Assembly where all the association’s policies and procedures are adopted.

Other CCTE-related affiliations include the California Association of School University Partnerships (CASUP) which Michael a co-founded in 2010. He currently serves on the CASUP Board of Directors as its Treasurer.  Meaningful partnerships between p-12 schools and universities are essential for the preparation of aspiring teachers. CASUP provides support, resources and opportunities to share best practices for the creation and sustainability of substantive partnerships and high-quality clinical field experiences.  Outside of CCTE, Michael serves on the Board of the National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) and is its immediate past-president.

Dr. Cosenza holds a BA in American Government, an M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.  He has been a faculty member at California Lutheran University since 2006.  At Cal Lutheran, he serves as the Director of the PDS-Residency program in the Department of Learning and Teaching.  The residency program requires teacher candidates to participate in a year-long clinical placement at one of 4 partner schools in Ventura County.  At Cal Lutheran, Michael also serves on the Faculty Senate, representing the Graduate School of Education.

December 2020 Spotlight – CCTE Past President Virginia Kennedy

Dr. Virginia Kennedy is a long-time member of the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) and has served as committee member, Board member, and most recently as its President from 2018-2020. She has been on many CCTE conference committees, has made several CCTE conference presentations, and is presently co-chairing her third CCTE conference, to be held in Fall 2021. She also serves on CCTE’s Intersegmental Project Task Force, which develops and coordinates the Professional Development for Mentoring New Teachers certificate program for mentor teachers and clinical practice supervisors.

Other CCTE-related current affiliations include the California Association of Professors of Special Education/Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CAPSE/TED), and the California Alliance for Inclusive Schooling (CAIS), both associated organizations of CCTE. She also participates in the Special Education SIG (Special Interest Group) and the Induction SIG. She co-chairs the Preparation Subcommittee of California CEEDAR.

Dr. Kennedy is a faculty member at California State University Northridge in the Department of Special Education, with a focus on teacher preparation in the area of mild/moderate disabilities, and is the Induction Coordinator. Recent presentations include “Induction and the Changing Face of Special Education” at the California Induction Conference (2019), and “When Policy Implementation Needs Updating: Induction and Changes in Inclusive Education”, CCTE SPAN Conference 2020, with Dr. Melissa Meetze-Hall.

November 2020 Spotlight – CCTE President Eric Engdahl

Dr. Eric Engdahl has served as Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Cal State East Bay since 2014.  He is President of the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE).  He served on the California Department of Education (CDE) Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Standards Advisory Committee, co-chaired the CDE VAPA Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee, on the CTC Theatre Subject Matter Advisory Panel, and recently co-facilitated a session on test item review.

His current research agenda focuses on Social Emotional Learning/Culturally Responsive Teaching and Arts Integration.  In 2019-2020 he led an “Arts Learning Lab” at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, Southeast Center for Education in the Arts on SEL and Arts Integration, with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education.  Recent publications include a chapter in Preparing educators for arts integration: Placing creativity at the center of learning (Teacher’s College Press, 2017) and “We’ll come back when you’re teaching: Examining the need for curricular reform in higher education in response to the introduction of transitional kindergarten in California’s public schools,” (Teacher Education Quarterly, 2018). 

Dr. Engdahl holds a Ph.D. in Theater History/Criticism from the University of California, Los Angeles, a M.F.A. from the Professional Acting Program at Southern Methodist University, and a B.A. from Pomona College.  Many years ago he ran away and joined the circus, spending a season as a Ringmaster.

October 2020 Spotlight – Executive Secretary Alan Jones

Alan Jones
with Kona Kai Resort
25 Year Plaque

Dr. Alan H. Jones has been involved as a member of the California Council on Teacher Education since 1974, including service as an elected member of the Board of Directors in the late 1970s, as editor of Teacher Education Quarterly from 1987 through 1998, as chair of the Policy Committee in the mid-1990s, as a speaker at semi-annual CCTE conferences on multiple occasions, and as part-time Executive Secretary of the organization since 1998. In the Executive Secretary role he reports to the CCTE officers and Board of Directors, with responsibility for annual membership, organization of semi-annual conferences, development and monitoring of the annual budget, communications, and support for committees and associated organizations.

Alan also is the owner and publisher at Caddo Gap Press, a small educational publishing company in San Francisco that specializes in journals in the fields of teacher education, the social foundations of education, and multicultural education. The company publishes both Issues in Teacher Education and Teacher Education Quarterly under sponsorship of CCTE.

Prior to his current work with Caddo Gap Press and CCTE, Alan has been a junior high school teacher in Ann Arbor, Michigan, an instructor at the University of Michigan School of Education, an assistant professor in social foundations of education at Eastern Michigan University, chair of the Department of Education at Sacred Heart University in Bridgeport, Connecticut, a researcher with the Office of Institutional Research at the University of Michigan, a consultant with the California Commission on Teacher Preparation and Licensing, the executive secretary of the Michigan Chapter of the American Association of University Professors, and an editor and publisher at Prakken Publications in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in history, international education, and the social foundations of education.