Our faculty members are intimately involved in statewide projects, consortiums, and, of course, work with the other University of California campuses. They are frequent visitors to Sacramento to testify on educational matters. They have taken leadership roles on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the Development Team for the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT), striving to improve the quality of teacher education statewide, not just at UCSB. Students and faculty routinely present at conferences held by organizations like the California Association of School Psychologists.
The GGSE is the home of The California Dropout Research Project (CDRP), whcih was established in December 2006 to synthesize existing research and undertake new research to inform policymakers, educators and the general public about the nature of the dropout crisis in California and to help the state develop a meaningful policy agenda to address the problem.
Our interest in STEM led us to form the county-wide P-20 STEM Council that has begun to work hand-in-hand with similar groups in San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties.
And the Gevirtz School also is a center for professional development in the region through its affiliations with the South Coast Writing Project, the South Coast Science Project, and the UCSB Mathematics Project.