Improving Teacher Quality
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
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.
- 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:
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