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Integrating Academic Literacy to Close the Achievement Gap

Grant Number: 10-705

Grant Award: $993,176

Duration of Project: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - Monday, September 01, 2014

Project Subject Areas: History/Social Science and English

Grade Band: 6th-12th

Project Websites:

Institutes of Higher Education:

  • University of California, Irvine

Local Education Agencies:

  • Santa Ana Unified, Santa Ana


  • Center for Educational Partnerships at UCI
  • California Reading and Literature Project
  • University of California, Irvine, Irvine, History Department
  • Vanguard University of Southern California, Costa Mesa, School of Education

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



  • Increased teacher implementation of academic literacy strategies in ELA and history
  • Increased teacher use of reflective practice strategies and formative assessment
  • Support capacity building and teacher leadership for long-term sustainability of professional learning communities and the project
  • Close the achievement gap in ELA and history


Each teacher will participate in professional development institutes with their colleagues, coaching, and Lesson Study in order to support the development of school-site and department-level Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). The IAL will introduce discipline-specific and cross-disciplinary strategies to support student engagement and academic literacy. Teachers will implement these strategies into standards-aligned curriculum produced through a Lesson Study process and school-site coaching by program staff.

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • Increased teacher implementation of academic literacy strategies
  • development of teacher leadership and professional learning communities
  • Improved student achievement in ELA and history to close the achievement gap


Project: Doug Grove, Co-Director/RD,
Institute of Higher Education: Nicole Gilbertson, Project Director,
Institute of Higher Education: Sylvia Kane, Co-Director,
Local Education Agency: Felicity Swerdlow, LEA Co-Director,
Local Education Agency: Patrick Yrarrazaval, LEA Co-Director,

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