Berkeley Teacher Education Program (BTEP)

George Ellis

Prior to becoming the Director of the California Reading & Literature Project in 2017, George Ellis worked as a Teacher of Special Programs for the Berkeley School of Education and as the Program Lead for Elementary Education for CRLP at UC Berkeley from 2012-2017. In his role as Director, he oversees CRLP’s annual Teacher Leadership Invitational, collaborates with local school districts to support the implementation of evidence-based reading initiatives, and serves as an educational consultant on projects focused on continuous...

Michelle Hoda Wilkerson

I am a learning scientist whose work explores computational literacy, with special focus on how young people learn about scientific computing tools such as computer simulation, data visualization, or statistical analysis packages.

As part of this, I conduct research and design software that allows youth to author simulations and visualizations by building on familiar expressive activities such as storytelling or sketching. I am especially interested in giving learners experience with these tools in ways that are tightly connected to, and therefore feasible within, the existing K-12...

Travis J. Bristol (he/him/his)

Travis J. Bristol is an associate professor of teacher education and education policy at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Education. Before joining Berkeley's faculty, he was a Peter Paul Assistant Professor at Boston University. Using qualitative methods, Dr. Bristol explores three related research strands: (1) the role of educational policies in shaping teacher workplace experiences and retention; (2) district and school-based professional learning communities; (3) the role of race and gender in educational settings....

Anne E. Cunningham, Professor

Anne Cunningham is a faculty member in the Learning Sciences and Human Development Cluster and also serves as the UCB Director of the Joint Doctoral Program in Special Education. She is a developmental scientist known for her research on literacy and development across the life span in which she examines the cognitive and motivational processes underlying reading ability and the interplay of context, development, and literacy instruction. Dr. Cunningham has been awarded several prestigious research fellowships from the National Academy of Education, National Science Foundation, and ...

Tesha Sengupta-Irving (She/Hers)

Associate Professor, Learning Sciences & STEM Education Affiliate Associate Professor, UCB Center for Race & Gender

Research

Dr. Sengupta-Irving’s research explores the sociocultural, disciplinary, and political dimensions of children’s mathematics learning. Broadly, her work asks a deceptively simple question: What, in addition to mathematics, do children learn when they learn mathematics? Dr. Sengupta-Irving works closely with teachers to understand and design pedagogical approaches that promote...

Manny Herrera

Manny Herrera is the Elementary Faculty Advisor and lecturer for the Berkeley Teacher Education Program (BTEP). He graduated from UC Berkeley's teacher education program in 2007 when it was known as Developmental Teacher Education (DTE). Manny's masters thesis focused on re-envisioning family engagement as he knew family voice was key to teaching to the whole child. By bringing family voice into the classroom space through home visits he disrupted schools' traditional views on family participation. He continued this action research into his actual teaching practice by starting every school...

Chela Delgado

Dr. Chela Myesha Delgado is the secondary Humanities Faculty Advisor for the Berkeley Teacher Education Program (BTEP). Chela was born and raised in Oakland, Calif., and is a graduate, parent and former teacher of the Oakland Unified School District with 17 years of experience teaching Humanities classes to all high school grades in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Oakland. As a kid of community organizers and a mixed Black student who witnessed plenty of racial inequity coming up in the era of highly tracked classrooms, Chela became particularly interested in issues of education and...

Geetha Lakshminarayanan

Geetha Lakshminarayanan is the secondary STEM Faculty Advisor for the Berkeley Teacher Education Program (BTEP). As a National Board Certified teacher in Adolescent Young Adult Mathematics, Geetha taught high school math in San Lorenzo, Redwood City, and Oakland, Calif. She also served Oakland Unified School District as a high school math specialist, supporting teacher professional learning and the development and implementation of Common Core-aligned middle and high school math curriculum. Her work in Oakland also focused on building teacher leadership and collaborative communities...

A new vision and name for the BSE's teacher prep

The Berkeley School of Education’s teacher education program is rising to the challenges of this unprecedented period for public education with a new name and, more importantly, a new vision for teacher preparation.

The program formerly known by a shifting constellation of acronyms—most recently, Berkeley Educators for Equity or BE3—is now the Berkeley Teacher Education Program (BTEP), a program title that the BSE hopes will provide a clear sense of...

A gift for future teachers and students

Jeff (BA Rhetoric '78) and Patty (BA History '75, single subject teaching credential '76) Williams have a straightforward reason for making an extraordinary gift to the Berkeley School of Education this summer: “We wanted to do something that can make a difference in the world.”

The Patricia and Jeffrey Williams Teacher Education Graduate Fellowship will indeed make a difference by covering the entire cost of attendance at the BSE for an aspiring teacher every year—in perpetuity, beginning with the next cohort of students in summer 2023.

“I am struck by Patty and Jeff’s...