From March 24th to 28th, Temple City’s very own Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Dr. Christina Luna, presented a research article the annual American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference.
Educators and researchers from across the world attended the conference. Dr. Luna joined two others-Dr. Etta Hollins from the University of Southern California and Sonja Lopez from the University of La Verne-in presenting “The Preparation of Teacher Educators: Transformation from Teacher to Teacher Educators”.
Dr. Luna said that the article “describes the journey of mentor teachers and administrators that are working with beginning teachers”.
Dr. Luna and the committee on Educational Services and Categorical Programs are strong supporters of the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA), a state-funded program that pairs experienced teachers with their younger teachers in order to instill experience and maturity.
In the meantime, Dr. Luna appeared before the School Board on March 19 to note that new textbooks were currently being implemented. Law requires that textbooks must be updated every seven years with funds supplied by the state. The Williams Settlement Legislation requires that students must be provided with enough books for a class set and for home use.
Likewise, California has come out with updated standards for our curriculum. The new AP World History course being offered at Temple City High School has already been implemented, but is still awaiting approval from the University of California system.
With so many changes in education underway, the committee on Educational Services and Categorical Programs will continue to review the new curriculum in the coming months.
This article was written by Jason Wu. It was published in the Temple City Voice on April 23, 2008.