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Access to the Core: Support for Secondary English Language Learners

Grant Number: 02-342

Grant Award: $1,010,800

Duration of Project: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 - Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Project Subject Areas: English, Mathematics, and ELD

Grade Band: 7-10

Institutes of Higher Education:

  • University of California, San Diego

Local Education Agencies:

  • Los Angeles Unified, Los Angeles, Local District 6


  • California State University, San Diego, Calexico
  • California State University, San Diego, Calexico, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • University of California, Irvine, Irvine, Academic English/ESL Program

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



  • Expand the current professional development partnership between UCPDI and LAUSD to include 8th and 9th grade language arts and mathematics teachers.
  • Implement a standards-based instructional program to improve the achievement of 8th and 9th grade second language learners in language arts and mathematics.
  • Build district and site-based capacity in the key content areas to support second language learners in grade-level content.


Utilizing current work in analysis of middle and high school language arts and mathematics standards, including instructional material analysis that aims to close textbook gaps in standards-based instruction, UCPDI will partner with LAUSD Local District 6 in developing a professional development curriculum focused on academic literacy for English learners in core content classrooms. Working with a literacy cadre (consisting of lead language arts, mathematics, and ELD teachers) at each school site, the partnership will develop intensive institutes and academic-year follow-ups designed to help teachers close instructional gaps in critical 8th and 9th grade language arts and pre-algebra and algebra standards. Research will be conducted at all Local District 6 middle schools and high schools, using Local District 5, with similar demographics and test scores, as a control group. Research will be conducted through student assessment, classroom videotaping and observation, and teacher interviews.

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • Recruitment of district leadership during the first year of program implementation
  • Five days of intensive professional development for all Local District 6 eighth and ninth grade mathematics and language arts teachers in 2006-2007,
  • Three days of academic year support for all Local District 6 secondary mathematics and language arts teachers during the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008,
  • Monthly cross content and content-specific school support meetings focused on English language development and core curriculum access for second language learners
  • A web-based support tool will be available in 2007-2008 school year.


Institute of Higher Education: Gretchen Laue, Director,

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