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Improving Teacher Quality

Student Improvement Through Teacher Empowerment (SITTE)

Grant Number: 09-607

Grant Award: $1,000,000

Duration of Project: Friday, September 25, 2009 - Monday, September 30, 2013

Project Subject Areas: Mathematics and English

Grade Band: 6-8

Institutes of Higher Education:

  • California State University, Northridge, College of Science and Mathematics

Local Education Agencies:

  • Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles, LD #2


  • Alliance for Regional Collaboration to Heighten Educational Success (ARCHES)
  • Project GRAD Los Angeles

School Sites:

  • Charles Maclay Middle, Pacoima
  • Pacoima Middle, Pacoima
  • San Fernando Middle, San Fernando

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



  • Increase the knowledge and skills of teachers through practical inquiry and evidence-based collaboration
  • Help teachers generate and incorporate effective support strategies for students, especially in the area of academic language
  • Institutionalize a culture of collaboration that is focused on the learning needs of students rather than on issues of pacing and content


Primary activities will consist of:
  1. summer school intervention classes that simultaneously serves as learning environments for teachers to try out new practices developed each day during collaborative planning time immediately following their teaching
  2. Sustained collaboration between math and language arts teachers throughout the year that are facilitated by teacher leaders
  3. professional development for teacher leaders and principals to foster school-wide collaboration

Anticipated Outcomes:

Anticipates improved student achievement and increased knowledge for teaching, as well as changes in teachers' beliefs and practices.


Project: Pete Goldschmidt, Research Director,
Institute of Higher Education: Ivan Cheng, Project Director,
Institute of Higher Education: Kellie Evans, Co-Director,
Local Education Agency: Maria Ochoa, LEA Co-Director,

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