In the coming weeks, NCTR will run a multi-part blog series which highlights the efforts of our California State University (CSU) partners as they move toward a clinically-rich teacher preparation model as part of the New Generation of Educators Initiative (NGEI). “Part One: An Introduction to Our New Generation of Educators Initiative Blog Series” gives a brief overview of the initiative, notes its goals and highlights our partners in the work. – – – Part One: An Introduction to Our New Generation of Educators Initiative Blog Series Kicking Off Year Two NCTR is excited to announce our renewed partnership with California State University (CSU) Bakersfield, Fresno, Sacramento and Stanislaus and new partnership with CSU Monterey Bay. Each campus and its respective school district partners will collaborate through the New Generation of Educators Initiative (NGEI), as they move toward strengthening their clinical preparation of teachers. The S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation is generously funding the NGEI work with these five campuses and six others, as part of Year Two of a three-year grant designed to support deeper partnerships for clinical preparation between campuses and K-12 districts. Our strategic consulting work, led by Program Director Kathlene Holmes and Program Manager Sarah Cohen, is focused on developing key strategies to positively impact teacher quality and retention, including recruitment and selection of quality candidates to work in high-need positions; mentor selection and training; aligning the coursework and clinical experience; and partnership development. NCTR is grateful to the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, the CSU Chancellor’s Office and our CSU campus and school district partners for their passion and commitment to continuing to build a steady pipeline of highly effective teachers in California. We look forward to continued collaboration, and to seeing the significant long-term impact of the NGEI project.