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California Science Project Teacher Retention Initiative (CSP TRI)

Grant Number: 03-350

Grant Award: $15,243,180

Duration of Project: Friday, September 01, 2006 - Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Project Subject Areas: Science

Grade Band: K-12

Institutes of Higher Education:

  • University of California, Los Angeles, Graduate School of Education

Local Education Agencies:

  • Calexico Unified, Calexico
  • El Centro Elementary, El Centro


  • University of California Office of the President (UCOP)
  • CSU Chancellors Office
  • California Academy for Liberal Studies, Los Angeles
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo
  • California State University, Chico, Chico
  • California State University, Fresno, Fresno
  • California State University, Northridge, Northridge
  • California State University, San Diego, Calexico
  • University of California, Irvine, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Department of Earth and Space Sciences
  • University of California, Riverside, Riverside
  • University of California, San Diego, La Jolla

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



This proposal responds to this challenge to organize the work of teachers by focusing on the retention of middle and high school science teachers within the context of their departments and more broadly their school communities. As a result, with respect to teacher retention, the primary goal of the proposed effort is to increase the retention of teachers at the school level with a secondary goal of increasing overall retention within the teaching profession.
While both forms of retention are sought, the primary goal is retention at the school since keeping teachers in the profession but having them move to more “desirable” schools does little to increase the quality of education in high need or program improvement schools serving large proportions of economically disadvantaged and historically underserved students.


The CSP statewide office will develop an RFP for the proposed Teacher Retention Initiative. Submissions will be reviewed and recommended by the CSP Advisory Board. A project leadership team will oversee the implementation of the project. Sub-grantees will submit interim reports, be visited by the leadership team and participate in the collection of data for the proposed research. CSP TRI sites work with science departments in high poverty schools. It is anticipated that entire science departments will participate in the content institutes, participate in the structured mentoring programs, participate in Lesson Study type focus or study groups, engage in literacy and EL workshops, analyze student knowledge products, and support, enhance and tailor curriculum and science programs, all with the common purpose of enabling and sustaining student learning.
The research will involve a longitudinal study of the retention of all program participants and a comparison group of teachers selected from comparable schools in the targeted districts; and (2) case studies of selected schools for more in-depth understanding of the implementation and impact of professional development and support activities on the performance and retention of science teachers.


Project: Barnett Berry, Research Director,
Institute of Higher Education: Raymond Ingersoll, Co-Director,
Institute of Higher Education: Maria Lopez-Freeman, Project Director,

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