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CAGiSM- Closing the Achievement Gap in Science and Mathematics

Grant Number: 09-609

Grant Award: $986,120

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

Project Subject Areas: Mathematics, Science, and English

Grade Band: 7th-8th

Institutes of Higher Education:

  • California State University, Sacramento

Local Education Agencies:

  • Sacramento City Unified, Sacramento

School Sites:

  • Fern Bacon Middle, Sacramento
  • Kit Carson Middle, Sacramento
  • Rosa Parks Middle School, Sacramento
  • Will C. Wood Middle, Sacramento

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



Deeper understanding of the subject, wider repertoire of pedagogical content knowledge, including strategies for academic language development, and more differentiation of instruction that is more driven by assessment.

Meaningful understanding of the subject, better academic language development and performance on CST, and more persistence in subject and school in general.

Implementation of district initiatives related to equity, better collaborative culture among teachers, principals and teachers, and better morale and sense of success at school site.


Professional development model involves:
  • teacher action research during the first year on a key issue related to the achievement gap in their classroom or at their school
  • two 5-day summer institutes focused on deepening learning related to project goals and findings from action research
  • academic year lesson study for years 2 and 3, and
  • follow up activities through content-focused short courses

Anticipated Outcomes:

SMALDI anticipates improvements in:
  • teacher content and pedagogical knowledge
  • teacher ability to meet student learning needs
  • student conceptual understanding
  • learning and engagement in school
  • enhanced collaboration within and across math and science departments at partner schools


Project: John Gargani, Research Director,
Institute of Higher Education: Judi Kusnick, Co-Director,
Institute of Higher Education: Pia Wong, Project Director,
Local Education Agency: Beatriz Chaidez, LEA Co-Director,

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