During these unusual times, the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) continues to support a wide variety of schools and programs to address their identified needs. Birmingham Community Charter, Roosevelt, and CHAMPS Arts high schools have all extended their contracts for the 2020/2021 academic year. CTL is assisting Birmingham with online math instructional best practices. We are working closely with all three high schools to increase their ability to include all students, with and without disabilities through co-teaching and Universal Design for Learning.
SIMPACT is now housed within the CTL. SIMPACT (www.csun.edu/simpact) is a mixed-reality simulation system designed to provide educators with a highly realistic virtual platform to practice skills around social work, counseling, teaching, conflict resolution, social-emotional learning and many other interpersonal interactions. SIMPACT recently won the Innovation award for all California State Universities, as well as one from the Valley Economic Alliance. This year alone, SIMPACT is providing immersive learning support for schools from as far away as Kristianstad University in Sweden, the Penn State University, Colorado College, University of Pittsburgh, Loyola Marymount, Cal State Channel Islands and Cal State Los Angeles, as well as our own Soraya Center for the Performing Arts and other departments here at CSUN.