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Project SMART: Integrating Science, Mathematics, Reading and Technology in the Primary Grades

Grant Number: 07-412

Grant Award: $901,405

Duration of Project: Monday, October 01, 2007 - Friday, September 30, 2011

Project Subject Areas: Science, Math, Reading and Technology

Grade Band: K-2

Project Websites:

Institutes of Higher Education:

  • Chapman University

Local Education Agencies:

  • Anaheim City, Anaheim

Partners:

  • Orange County Department of Education

Number of teachers/principals/highly qualified paraprofessionals participating in the project:

180

Goals:

Project SMART aims to embed literacy (reading and writing) instruction within the content areas of science and math at the primary grades, and to infuse technology throughtout the curriculum, with the goal of raising teachers' content and pedagogy skills and student achievement in all areas.

Activities:

The 90 K-2 teachers will be enrolled in two "cohort" groups. Forty-five teachers (fifteen at each grade level) will engage in professional development activities beginning in spring 2008; the remaining 45 teachers will join in the project one year later in spring 2009. All teachers will attend a two-day introduction training the first spring that they are enrolled in the project, and a five-day SMART Summer Institute the first summer. Teachers will then engage in additional professional learning community (PLC) group meetings throughout the school year, and a follow-up two day Summer Institute their second year of enrollment.
At the professional development sessions, Chapman science and mathematics faculty will work with practicing Anaheim City School District teachers and future elementary teachers enrolled in Chapman's teacher education program on their understanding of science, math, and technology, while Chapman education faculty will work with participants on strategies for delivering science-based integrated instruction in the primary grades.

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • Increased teacher capacity for high-quality science and math instruction
  • Increased teacher knowledge of science and math content
  • Increased infusion of technology into K-2 classrooms
  • Increased student achievement in science, reading, and math

Contacts:

Project: Bob Calfee, Research Director, robert.calfee@ucr.edu
Institute of Higher Education: Frank Frisch, Co-Director, frsich@chapman.edu
Institute of Higher Education: Roxanne Greitz-Miller, Project Director, rgmiller@chapman.edu
Local Education Agency: Kelley Barrett, LEA Co-Director, kbarrett@acsd.k12.ca.us

Questions, Comments, Corrections?

Send an e-mail to Teacher_Quality@cpec.ca.gov .