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Redwood Area Academic Literacy Initiative (RAALI)

Grant Number: 02-319

Grant Award: $1,004,832

Duration of Project: Saturday, October 01, 2005 - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Project Subject Areas: Science, Mathematics, and History

Grade Band: 9-12

Institutes of Higher Education:

  • Humboldt State University

Local Education Agencies:

  • Konocti Unified, Lower Lake


  • Anderson Valley District
  • Eureka District
  • Del Norte District
  • Fortuna District
  • Sonoma Valley District
  • Round Valley District
  • Klamath-Trinity District
  • Northern Humboldt District
  • Cloverdale District
  • Mountain Valley District
  • Willits District
  • Lakeport District
  • Healdsberg District
  • Pottery Valley Community District
  • West Sonoma District
  • Upper Lake District
  • Dunsmuir District

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



  • Provide a professional development program for teachers of science, mathematics, and history to enhance the literacy skills among ninth and tenth grade students.
  • Implement specific literacy curricular interventions in program high schools.
  • Increase student achievement in mathematics, history, and science as measured by standard achievement tests and program-developed assessment tools.
  • Conduct research focusing on the impact of the specific literacy curricular interventions developed and implemented as part of RAALI, and other related questions.


The RAALI aims to enhance student content learning in science, mathematics and history using specific academic literacy approaches developed and implemented by RAALI teachers and professional development providers. In 15 schools across six counties in the North Coast region (aka Redwood Area) of NW California, project activities will bring together teams of teachers for summer institutes, implement specific content area academic literacy pedagogies, and engage in research activities aimed to understand impacts of the project work. The professional development component focuses on the recruitment of teachers, summer institutes, a leadership development including mentoring and coaching, new teacher training, and cognitive collaboration through institute and classroom discussions, as well as online communications. Research results will be disseminated locally, at statewide conferences, and through publications.

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • Improved performance for students in science, math, and history courses as measured by standard and project develop assessments; Increase graduation rates; increase readiness for college entrance
  • Development a community of academic literacy practitioners in the region that provides leadership, sustains the community, and enhances partnerships amount K-12, IHE, and other professional organizations
  • Conduct effective evaluation and research to inform RAALI project leadership and participants about project outcomes and effectiveness of approaches; disseminate results,


Institute of Higher Education: Jeffrey W White,
Local Education Agency: Dan Simard,

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