Improving Teacher Quality
Reading Plus Writing Equals Science SuccessGrant 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
- Anna McKenney Intermediate, Marysville
- Foothill Intermediate, Marysville
- Yuba Gardens Intermediate, Olivehurst
Number of teachers/principals/highly qualified paraprofessionals participating in the project:30
- 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.
Activities: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).
- 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.
Contacts:Project: Rachelle Hackett, Research Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Institute of Higher Education: Jim Hetrick, Co-Director, email@example.com
Institute of Higher Education: Greg Potter, Project Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Education Agency: David Pummill, LEA Co-Director, email@example.com