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Bringing Language and Science Together in Tulare (BLASTT)

Grant Number: 10-706

Grant Award: $958,807

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

Project Subject Areas: Science

Grade Band: 3rd-6th

Institutes of Higher Education:

  • Fresno Pacific University

Local Education Agencies:

  • Tulare City Elementary, Tulare


  • WestEd

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



The desired end result of BLASTT is improved science and language arts achievement among elementary students in grads 3-6 and their ability to communicate effectively about their ideas in science. Project successes will be assessed through the following goals:
  1. Increase Teacher Content Knowledge in Science
  2. Improve Teachers’ Instructional Strategies, Including use of Technology
  3. Increase Student Achievement


  • K-12 Alliance Statewide Leadership Training (for staff developers and content cadre)
  • Summer Science Institutes (44hours per teacher per year)
  • Teacher Learning Collaborative Sessions (Lesson Study) (36 hours per teacher per year)

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • Increased teacher content knowledge and pedagogical strategies using technology (95%)
  • Increased student achievement in science and language, including among ELs
  • Increased university faculty instructional skills in language and science instruction
  • Increased teacher collaboration
  • Increased site leadership through sustained professional development
  • Increased collaboration among program partners, resulting in sustainable partnerships


Project: Steve Price, Research Director,
Project: Rita Starnes, K-12 Alliance/WestEd Regional Director,
Institute of Higher Education: Steve Pauls, Project Director,
Institute of Higher Education: Dave Youngs, Co-Director,
Local Education Agency: Michelle French , LEA Co-Director,

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