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The following Vision, Mission, Values and Goals were adopted by the Commission in August 2012.
To inspire, educate and protect the students of California.
ValuesThe Commission's values represent core beliefs that are shared among Commissioners and staff, beliefs that drive our culture and priorities and provide a framework in which decisions are made and work is carried out.
- We recognize and promote excellence in the preparation and practice of California's education workforce.
- We value and promote equity, quality, inclusiveness and diversity in standards, programs, practices, people and the workplace.
- We value dedication and commitment to the education and welfare of California's diverse learners.
- We value the voices, ideas and understanding of our partners, stakeholders and employees.
- We embrace the spirit of innovation that acts to realize opportunities to transform our vision into reality.
I. Educator Quality
- Maintain expectations for educator preparedness and performance that are responsive to the needs of California's diverse student population and promote 21st century teaching and learning.
- Develop, maintain, and promote high quality authentic, consistent educator assessments and examinations that support development and certification of educators who have demonstrated the capacity to be effective practitioners.
- Ensure that credential processing and assignment monitoring activities accurately, effectively, and efficiently identify educators who have met high and rigorous certification standards and who are appropriately assigned.
- Effectively, efficiently, and fairly monitor the fitness of all applicants and credential holders to work with California students.
- Continue to emphasize teaching as a profession and encourage highly talented individuals to enter the education profession.
II. Program Quality and Accountability
- Develop and maintain rigorous, meaningful, and relevant standards that drive program quality and effectiveness for the preparation of the education workforce and are responsive to the needs of California's diverse student population.
- Effectively and efficiently monitor program implementation and outcomes and hold all approved educator preparation programs to high standards and continuous improvement through the accreditation process.
- Establish and maintain educator preparation, development, and career pathways as a shared responsibility among institutions of higher education, local education agencies and state agencies.
- Track current trends and research in learning theory, educator preparation, and certification and disseminate information about high quality programs, models, and outcomes.
III. Communication and Engagement
- Maintain and strengthen working relationships with the Commission's diverse stakeholder community.
- Continue to refine the coordination between Commissioners and staff in carrying out the Commission's duties, roles and responsibilities.
- Contribute to public discourse and inform public opinion about educator, program, and discipline quality and effectiveness.
- Partner with stakeholders in the development and implementation of policy that shapes preparation, certification, development, and discipline of the education workforce.
- Advise the Governor, Legislature, and other policy makers as appropriate regarding issues affecting the quality, preparation, certification, and discipline of the education workforce.
- Collaborate with other government agencies at the local, state, and national levels in support of coherent and effective education policy.
IV. Operational Effectiveness
- Maintain a workplace environment and culture that inspires, supports and values employees.
- Align human and financial resources with Commission priorities and offer staff opportunities for development to maximize professional engagement and performance.
- Demonstrate professionalism and accountability for high standards of practice in all Commission operations.
- Maintain a clear and accessible web presence that enables ease of access to information about requirements and best practices in certification, accreditation, educator discipline, and other areas of Commission responsibility.
- Maintain appropriate response times for processing applications, investigating allegations of misconduct, monitoring conditions of Settlement Agreements, and answering inquiries from the field.
- Maintain a culture of continuous improvement by periodically reviewing agency capacity to achieve Commission goals for educator workforce quality, preparation, certification, and discipline.
- Ensure that current regulations, procedures, and initiatives are appropriately streamlined and moving the Commission closer to meeting established goals.