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English Language Development Professional Institute

Grant Number: 02-301

Grant Award: $996,878

Duration of Project: Friday, August 05, 2005 - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Project Subject Areas: Math and Science

Grade Band: 9-12

Institutes of Higher Education:

  • California State University, Bakersfield

Local Education Agencies:

  • Delano Joint Union High, Delano

Partners:

  • Bakersfield College, Bakersfield
  • California State University, Bakersfield, Bakersfield, School of Education
  • California State University, Bakersfield, Bakersfield, School of Math and Sciences

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

0

Goals:

The project goals are to improve the knowledge of principals, teachers and other school staff in the core subjects of Math and Science, with an emphasis on academic language and literacy.
  • Using a research-based professional development model over a three year period of time, stakeholders will be able to increase student achievement on the CAHSEE, the CST, and Delano High School District benchmark exams. This will be accomplished through a collaborative effort between the CSUB School of Education, the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the Delano Joint Union High School District.
  • The school will improve student achievement as well-researched instructional strategies are implemented by the teachers through modeling and coaching by project staff.

Activities:

Math and Science secondary school teams (with an administrator) will attend a five-day intensive summer training with four follow-up sessions which will address topics such as: literacy and academic language instruction with effective assessment techniques (especially in the core content areas); working with learners from diverse backgrounds; sheltered language instructional techniques; and a review of CA state adopted content specified standards. This institute will be conducted by professors from the CSUB Math and Science departments and School of Education. Participants will be expected to produce a school plan which will depict how strategies will be implemented at their school site. They will also be expected to produce and edit a ˇ§best practiceˇ¨ video which highlights an instructional strategy learned at the summer institute and which will serve as a reflective piece for the participant. Follow-up sessions conducted throughout the year will emphasize instructional strategy implementation. Participants will be paid stipends to attend the professional development sessions.

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • Increased achievement on the CAHSSE
  • Increased achievement on the CST (Math and Science)
  • Increased use of instructional strategies which promote the use of Academic Language in Math and Science classrooms

Contacts:

Project: Dr. Debra Cook-Hirai, dhirai@csub.edu
Project: Dr. Emilio Garza, egarza6@csub.edu
Institute of Higher Education: Efrain Rodriguez , erodriguez@djuhsd.org

Questions, Comments, Corrections?

Send an e-mail to Teacher_Quality@cpec.ca.gov .