Improving Teacher Quality
Middle School Literacy Achievement in Health, Math, and Science – MSLAHMSGrant Number: 09-605 Grant Award: $993,735 Duration of Project: Saturday, September 05, 2009 - Monday, September 30, 2013 Project Subject Areas: Math and Science Grade Band: 6th - 8th
Institutes of Higher Education:
- University of Southern California
Local Education Agencies:
- Paramount Unified, Paramount
- TARGET Foundation
- Alondra, Paramount
- Frank J. Zamboni, Paramount
- Hollydale Elementary, South Gate
- Leona Jackson, Paramount
- Paramount Park, Paramount
Number of teachers/principals/highly qualified paraprofessionals participating in the project:36
- To test the impact of teacher academies, teacher lesson study, and collaborative curriculum development on teacher effectiveness in middle school STEM education.
- To design and utilize existing validated science and math assessments that improve middle school teachers’ instructional practices and associated student learning using diagnostic approaches.
- To design, pilot and disseminate promising practices and innovative middle school science, health, math curriculum using societally relevant science and math curricular content.
Activities:Teachers will attend teacher academies and participate in a lesson study approach to teacher professional development. Students will participate in newly designed STEM curriculum with the goal of improving their achievement to proficiency.
- Increased middle school science, health, and math teachers’ ability and efficacy to teach STEMs content and associated literacy to diverse learners as measured by observation and improved student achievement as measured by STEBI R, teacher observational rubric, and CST scores.
- Increased middle school students’ science, health, and mathematics achievement to proficiency as measured by CST and other periodic assessment.
- Improved middle school students’ science, health, and math literacy by 20% as measured by PI designed/validated student concept inventories, science and math grade specific qualitative reading inventories, and rubric scored validated and reliable science, health, and math writing assignments.
- Increased student interest in STEMs fields as measured by a science/math interest and motivation questionnaire.
Contacts:Institute of Higher Education: Gisele Ragusa, Project Director/RD, firstname.lastname@example.org
Institute of Higher Education: Lowell Stott, Co-Director, email@example.com
Local Education Agency: Deborah Stark, LEA Co-Director, firstname.lastname@example.org