CASTL represented a major initiative of The Carnegie Foundation. Launched in 1998, the program builds on a conception of teaching as scholarly work proposed in the 1990 report, Scholarship Reconsidered, by former Carnegie Foundation President Ernest Boyer, and on the 1997 follow-up publication, Scholarship Assessed, by Charles Glassick, Mary Taylor Huber, and Gene Maeroff.
Carnegie’s undergraduate education programs investigated the conditions under which teaching occurred and what it looked like. Central was the design of ways to expand upon it in order to improve and advance classroom teaching and student learning at colleges and universities. We also worked to support a definition of liberal education that included a commitment to diversity and supports the engagement and empowerment of students as participating and contributing members of society.
The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) is a comprehensive, multi-phase initiative sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council of Academic Deans in Research Education Institutions to strengthen the education doctorate. The participating colleges and universities have committed themselves to working together to undertake a critical examination of the doctorate in education with a particular focus on the highest degree that leads to careers in professional practice. The intent of the project is to redesign and transform doctoral education for the advanced preparation of school practitioners and clinical faculty, academic leaders and professional staff for the nation's schools and colleges and the organizations that support them.
The Foundation’s work with K-12 teachers and those who educate teachers involved the development of dynamic examples of exceptional classroom teaching in diverse classroom settings to give educators the pedagogical tools to further advance the preparation of our nation’s teaching force.
The Knowledge Media Laboratory (KML) worked to create a future in which communities of teachers, faculty, programs, and institutions collectively advanced teaching and learning by exchanging their educational knowledge, experiences, ideas, and reflections by taking advantage of various technologies and resources.