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Algebraic Learning for Elementary Grades: Results, Independence, Achievement! (ALEGRIA)

Grant Number: 08-516

Grant Award: $991,403

Duration of Project: Wednesday, October 01, 2008 - Sunday, September 30, 2012

Project Subject Areas: Mathematics

Grade Band: K-8

Institutes of Higher Education:

  • California State University, San Bernardino

Local Education Agencies:

  • Ontario-Montclair Elementary, Ontario


  • San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

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



ALEGRIA! will provide professional development to all teachers in Vineyard Elementary to:
  1. Increase the mathematics learning and achievement overall, and reduce the achievement gaps
  2. Increase the math conceptual content knowledge and math knowledge for teaching among the teachers, and their use of effective pedagogical skills, especially for ELL/SELs
  3. Promote cultural and systemic change that results in ongoing improvement and that promotes long-term sustainability
  4. Create a replicable model with evidence-based successes.


    ALEGRIA! will create, nurture and sustain professional learning communities of teachers and teacher leaders who will achieve the project goals. These communities will meet, learn, and practice in summer academy-style institutes, meet weekly in grade-level PLCs for the academic year, and receive intensive content-based collaborative coaching to support transfer of learning to the classroom. Teacher leaders will be identified, trained, mentored, and given leadership opportunities throughout and beyond the project.

    Anticipated Outcomes:

    • Increase the studentsí mathematics learning and achievement in Vineyard Elementary to reduce the two achievement gaps identified above
    • Increase the teachersí math conceptual content knowledge and math knowledge for teaching, especially in the context of ELL students
    • Establish cultural and systemic change related to math instruction that results in ongoing improvement and that promotes the long-term sustainability of the interventions
    • Disseminate the model described in Goals 1-3 to promote replication and to increase evidence-based contributions to the teaching and learning knowledge base


Project: Joseph Jesunathadas, Research Director,
Institute of Higher Education: Davida Fischman, Project Director,
Institute of Higher Education: Giovanna Llosent, Co-Director,
Local Education Agency: Karla Wells, LEA Co-Director,

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