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K-2 Teaching Learning Collaborative (TLC)

Grant Number: 07-420

Grant Award: $950,694

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

Project Subject Areas: Science

Grade Band: K-2

Project Websites:

Institutes of Higher Education:

  • California State University, Long Beach

Local Education Agencies:

  • Montebello Unified, Montebello


  • K-12 Alliance/WestEd
  • Garvey (Richard) Intermediate, Rosemead

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



The goals of the K-2 Teaching Learning Collaborative (K-2 TLC) are to:
  • Increase student achievement in science
  • Increase teacher content knowledge in science and literacy
  • Increase English language development of students
  • Impact teacher attitude and self-efficacy in science and literacy
  • Improve teacher pedagogoical skills by implementing the reflective TLC process as a professional learning community.


The design features two major activities: the 10-day Facilitator Academy and the 11-day TLC Academy for each year of the project. The 10-day facilitator academy occurs in January (5 days) and in June (5 days) for each year of the project. The 11-day TLC academy consists of 5 days of a science content academy in the summer and 6 days of an extended academy during the school year in participating teachers’ classrooms, where students will receive direct service from the project.

Anticipated Outcomes:

  1. Increase teacher content knowledge in science and early literacy as measured by pre-post tests and STEBI (1990)
  2. Increase student achievement in science and literacy as measured by pre-post tests, CELDT, local ELD and ELA assessments
  3. Impact how teachers implement strategies learned at the academy into classroom practice as measured by collective case study (Stake 1995)
  4. Sustain the partnership among the Montebello Unified School, Garvey School District and California State University Long Beach


Project: William Straits, Research Director,
Institute of Higher Education: Susan Gomez-Zweip, Project Director,
Local Education Agency: Patricia Alvarez, LEA Co-Director,

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