Improving Teacher Quality Generated Research
Even though the Improving Teacher Quality Program has served over 3,000 teachers in its first
five years, the Commission recognizes that it has reached scarcely one percent of California's
teachers. As with the Eisenhower Program that preceded it, ITQ's full value is measured in
more than the teachers it directly supports. Its value is also measured in the knowledge it
produces about effective professional development. For Eisenhower, this meant curriculum
(e.g., IMP and CMP mathematics that began with Commission awards), informal education (e.g., Math,
Science, & Beyond and the Mathematics Festival Program supported by CMC), and improvements
in models of teacher development (e.g., CSU Fresno's pioneering work to infuse the liberal
arts major with more science and math content, now a model at many CSU campuses).
ITQ seeks to continue this legacy, and add one more important source of knowledge about professional
development-the results of each project's scientifically based research project. Even though many
of these projects are not yet complete, they have already disseminated important information to the
field. A partial listing includes:
Taking a Reading/Writing Intervention for Secondary English Language Learners on the Road:
Lessons Learned from the Pathway Project", Booth and Land, Research in the Teaching of
English, vol. 42, no. 3, February 2008 (Login required)
Teaching Writing through the Arts in Urban High Schools, Brouillette et al, Journal for Learning
through the Arts, available at
Numerous presentations at venues ranging from the American Educational Research Association to
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, to specialty organizations.
ITQ research as the basis for doctoral dissertations (e.g., H. Martin, "Elementary School Teachers'
Mathematics Instructional Decision Making in the Context of District Mandates on Instruction", UC Davis)
As the findings from the first cohort of ITQ research projects become available, reports will be posted at this site.
Projects Funded in 2005 - Academic Literacy in Secondary Education
ITQ-02-301 English Language Development Professional Institute
ITQ-02-316 Developing Rigorous Education in the Arts to Motivate (DREAM)
ITQ-02-319 Redwood Area Academic Literacy Initiative (RAALI)
ITQ-02-335 Reading, Thinking and Writing in History and Science
ITQ-02-337 Accelerating Academic Literacy: A Pathway to College Success
ITQ-02-339 Literacy in the History Classroom
ITQ-02-342 Access to the Core: Support for Secondary English Language Learners