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Improving Teacher Quality

Reading Plus Writing Equals Science Success

Grant Number: 09-606

Grant Award: $999,820

Duration of Project: Friday, September 25, 2009 - Monday, September 30, 2013

Project Subject Areas: English and Science

Grade Band: 6th -8th

Institutes of Higher Education:

  • University of the Pacific, School of Education
  • University of the Pacific, Physics

Local Education Agencies:

  • Marysville Joint Unified, Marysville


  • K-12 Alliance/WestED
  • Strategic Literacy Initiative
  • Yuba College, Marysville

School Sites:

  • Anna McKenney Intermediate, Marysville
  • Foothill Intermediate, Marysville
  • Yuba Gardens Intermediate, Olivehurst

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



  • Enhance Teacher quality by building science content and pedagogical content knowledge that integrates science and literacy strategies.
  • Develop district teams of middle school science teachers, Language Arts and ELD teachers who will work collaboratively providing students with reading and writing strategies developed by the Strategic Literacy Initiative.
  • Change middle school teacher practice through embedded collaborative opportunities centered on inquiry-based science teaching, and infusing reading and writing strategies to increase student achievement in all curricular areas.
  • Increase student achievement and proficiency in science, reading comprehension and writing skills.


All teachers participate in more than 80 hours of professional learning through content and pedagogical content knowledge oriented summer institutes and intensive grade-level implementation. Through a successful lesson study design called the Teaching Learning Collaborative, teachers apply their content knowledge and pedagogical skills (focusing on reading and writing).

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • Middle school science teachers using reading comprehension and writing strategies to improve student achievement in science.
  • Language Arts, ELD, and science teachers working collaboratively in teaching the Reading apprenticeship literacy strategies.
  • Student achievement will increase in science, reading and writing.


Project: Rachelle Hackett, Research Director,
Institute of Higher Education: Jim Hetrick, Co-Director,
Institute of Higher Education: Greg Potter, Project Director,
Local Education Agency: David Pummill, LEA Co-Director,

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