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Improving Teacher Quality

Teacher PD-INC

Grant Number: 10-T701

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:

  • California State University, Chico

Local Education Agencies:

  • Sutter County Office of Education, Yuba City
  • Yuba City Unified, Yuba City


  • California State University, Bakersfield, Bakersfield
  • California State University, Fresno, Fresno
  • California State University, San Bernardino, San Bernardino

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



  • Strengthen teachersí subject-matter knowledge and pedagogical skills, and support instruction that is innovative and entrepreneurial, for improved student learning
  • Encourage professional development that is:
    1. teachers driven
    2. sustainable, and
    3. connected to teacherís classroom practice
  • Determine the effectiveness of teacher-driven, action research-based, collaborative professional development, and report findings of this research


  1. Recruit and select teacher teams from high need schools throughout the region, across grade levels and subject areas to engage in teacher-driven professional development
  2. Provide higher education and BTSA advisors to assist teacher teams
  3. Instruct all project participants on conducting action research
  4. Provide a structure of communication tools, timelines, reporting and reflecting guides
  5. Assist T-BAR teams in carrying out the professional development they propose and conducting action research into the school reform they are implementing
  6. Conduct research into the effectiveness of teacher-driven professional development, including looking into student achievement
  7. Plan and hold a conference at which T-BAR teams can present information and the results of their professional research development
  8. Disseminate the research results to the field and showcase successful professional development projects beyond the region
  9. Use the period of the project to form a network for professional development in the region

Anticipated Outcomes:

  1. Improvement of teaching by T-BAR Fellows and increases in student achievement
  2. T-BAR Fellows roles as teachers will be transformed to teacher-as-researcher and collaborator who relies on data to drive instructional decision-making
  3. Add to knowledge on the effectiveness of teacher-driven professional development
  4. Form a professional development network that continues beyond the funded project


Institute of Higher Education: Mike Kotar, Project Director/RD,
Institute of Higher Education: Julie Monet, Project Co-Director/RD,
Local Education Agency: Karen Hackett-Villalo, LEA Co-Director,

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