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Dr. Marquita Grenot-Scheyer

Dr. Marquita Grenot-Scheyer serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor, Educator Preparation and Public School Programs, for the California State University (CSU), Office of the Chancellor. She is responsible for leading, coordinating, and facilitating system wide efforts to recruit, prepare, and retain teachers, counselors, and school leaders for schools and communities. She represents the CSU at state and federal levels, providing policy and practice recommendations to ensure high quality educator preparation programs. Prior to this appointment, she served as Dean of the College of Education at California State University, Long Beach.  Dr. Grenot-Scheyer serves on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), the WestEd board, and was recently appointed (2018), to the board of directors for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).  She was a member of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Teacher Education Task Force (2016) on Teacher Preparation, which produced the report, Preparing teachers in today’s challenging context.  She previously served two terms as a board member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), (2013-17) and served as a commissioner, on the Commission on Standards and Performance Reporting for CAEP, (2012 to 2013).

She earned her Ph.D. in Special Education from the joint doctoral program at the University of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Los Angeles.  In recognition of her career accomplishments, she was selected as the Distinguished Alumnus, CSULA Charter College of Education, in 2008.

 Dr. Jane West

Click here to view Jane West’s November 7, 2019 keynote presentation.

A former teacher and education administrator, Dr. Jane West is on the faculty at the University of Maryland and Virginia Commonwealth University and serves as policy advisor to several national education organizations, including the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (http://aacte.org/), the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education (http://www.hecse.net/) and the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children(http://www.tedcec.org/). For 8 years she led AACTE’s advocacy and policy work as Senior Vice President. In the mid 1980’s she worked as senior education advisor on the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions where she led the national effort to craft multiple federal education statutes.

Focusing on bringing the voice of expert education practitioners into the national policy dialogue, West supports professionals – teacher educators, educators, researchers, doctoral students and others — in engaging in the policy making process by honing their message, supporting it with evidence, engaging at the right time during the process and building effective political alliances.

With a focus on teaching quality, West has led the effort to build an influential100 organization coalition – the Coalition for Teaching Quality (http://coalitionforteachingquality.org/main/) – to advocate for a professional continuum for teaching and education leadership with a focus on a diverse workforce and bringing the most accomplished educators to the students with greatest need. She has organized multiple briefings for policy makers and routinely consults with elected officials to develop education policy which serves the highest need students.

West has contributed multiple legislative provisions to several federal education laws which address comprehensive educator preparation, strategies to address critical teacher shortages, teacher recruitment and teacher retention challenges, particularly for diverse student populations and high need schools.

Her scholarship focuses on analyzing education policy and effective strategies for professionals to ensure that their expert practice and scholarship influence national education policy.  As co-editor of a recent special issue of Teacher Education for Special Education, she has articulated a powerful analysis of effective advocacy for educators (http://tes.sagepub.com/site/misc/Index/Podcasts.xhtml).

Her extensive publications and national keynote lectures bring education policy to life for teachers and researchers alike.

West has been a special education teacher and administrator and edited two books about the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a law she participated in crafting.

West holds a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara, an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University and a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Maryland.