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Inland Area TEAMS

Grant Number: 09-610

Grant Award: $999,033

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

Project Subject Areas: Math and Science

Grade Band: 6th-8th

Institutes of Higher Education:

  • University of California, Riverside

Local Education Agencies:

  • Moreno Valley Unified, Moreno Valley
  • San Bernardino City Unified, San Bernardino


  • California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, College of Natural Sciences
  • University of California, Riverside, Riverside
  • University of California, Riverside, Riverside, ALPHA Center

School Sites:

  • Mountain View Middle, Moreno Valley
  • Shandin Hills Middle, San Bernardino

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



  • Increase the level of student achievement in mathematics and science through the lesson study process
  • Provide sustained professional development for 6th-8th grade teachers to deepen both their subject matter and pedagogical content mastery in mathematics and science
  • Address how English language learners and students with special needs can achieve success in mathematics and science. Provide mentor/coaching/leadership skills to participants
  • Develop teaching/leaning collaborative environments within individuals and between departments


Project activities include summer institutes and site-based and grade specific activities during the academic year. The primary intervention is the lesson study process.

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • Link both formative and summative assessment data to instructional methods in order to measure student achievement
  • Analyze which variables of the professional development model contribute the most to student achievement
  • Implement strategies for working with English Learners through Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) in the math and science classroom
  • Train participants in becoming mentor teachers, coaches or instructional leaders at the project schools
  • Evaluate capacity of grade level teams to work together through teaching/learning collaboratives


Project: George Marcoulides, Research Director,
Institute of Higher Education: Dave Maynard, Co-Director,
Institute of Higher Education: Sue Teele, Project Director,
Local Education Agency: Carmen Beck, LEA Co-Director,

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