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Improving Teacher Quality

South Counties Reform Initiative Benefiting Educators and Students (SCRIBES)

Grant Number: 10-T700

Grant Award: $1,010,000

Duration of Project: Friday, October 01, 2010 - Monday, September 30, 2013

Project Subject Areas: Open

Grade Band: Open

Project Websites:

Institutes of Higher Education:

  • University of California, Riverside

Local Education Agencies:

  • Coachella Valley Unified, Thermal


  • California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, Chemistry

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



  • Provide T-BAR Fellows support in developing and implementing professional development plans that focus on teacher-based school reform
  • Link professional development activities to T-BAR Fellows’ classrooms in ways that positively impact school sites and support effective student learning
  • Create collaborative learning environments that encourage teachers to have an entrepreneurial spirit and sustain their reform work at their school sites
  • Assist T-BAR Fellows in developing leadership skills that impact other teachers and administrators at their sites


  • Promote teacher-led reform efforts in schools and districts identified in the South Region, which includes Orange, Riverside, San Diego, and Imperial Countries
  • Provide opportunities for 24 teams of 3-5 teachers to implement a school-based reform project designed to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom

Administration activities of the University of California, Riverside’s Extension Center:

  • Disseminating information regarding the T-BAR program
  • Running a competitive grant program
  • Monitoring both the fiscal and programmatic progress of the Fellows
  • Assisting and supporting the Fellows in accessing IHE resources to meet their goals
  • Conducting research on the efficacy of the projects for both the individual teachers and their schools

Anticipated Outcomes:

The anticipated outcome for the project is to be able to assess the efficacy of different professional development models and the impact these models have on both teachers and students. Through case studies, teacher and principal pre- and post- survey and an analysis of CST scores, the results of the different models will be examined to discern the effectiveness of the grant and changes made in the T-BAR Fellows as a result of the grant. The results of the grant will be disseminated to regional, state and national audiences through papers and presentations at conferences.


Institute of Higher Education: Anne K Jones, Research Director,
Institute of Higher Education: Dave Maynard, Co-Director,
Institute of Higher Education: Sue Teele, Project Director,
Local Education Agency: Alma Gonzalez ,

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