Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- August 19, 2005
Cal State L.A. and LAUSD Receive $104,000 Grant for Math and
Science Teacher Training
Cal State L.A.'s Charter College of Education (CCOE) and Los Angeles Unified
School District (LAUSD) have been awarded a $104,000 Comprehensive Teacher Education
Institute (CTEI) grant-one of only 10 grants awarded funding in California.
Begun this March, the CTEI grant sponsors the LAUSD/CSULA Mathematics and Science
Intern/Induction Program, a subject-based blended intern/induction program aimed
at increasing the knowledge base of LAUSD interns, teachers, paraprofessionals
and administrators; use of conceptually-based instructional strategies; confidence
level of interns and teachers; and boosting math and science student test scores
(especially among English Learners) in selected grade levels in identified
This program-part of CSULA CCOE's expanded collaborative teacher induction
activities-will employ pairs of CCOE faculty members and LAUSD curriculum advisers
as site-based coaches and professional developers for math and science interns,
teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators. A multi-faceted program including
intensive, individualized, standards-based content institutes, seminars, workshops,
presentations, focus groups, and class observations will also be developed and
tailored to the needs of grade-levels at low-performing cluster schools.
A research study on the effects of this blended intern/induction model on three
types of beginning teachers (university interns, district interns, and induction
teachers) will be conducted and published as part of this CTEI project. Other
product program outcomes will include: Math and Science Parent/Family Nights, an
online LAUSD Math and Science Resource Network, rubrics for conceptual math and
science lesson plans.
Coauthors and principal investigators for this CTEI grant program are Ann L. Wood,
assistant professor of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education at Cal State L.A.,
and Mary Lewis, administrator of LAUSD Alternative Certification and Teacher Support.
Schools participating in this pilot program are Esperanza Elementary School,
Berendo Middle School, and Eagle Rock High School. Cal State L.A. CCOE professors
who will conduct the site-based professional activities include Leah Melber, Rama
Menon, Paul Narguzian, and Fred Uy.
The LAUSD/CSULA Mathematics and Science Intern/Induction Program will operate
through October 2006, with the goal of finding additional funding to become a
permanent district/university partnership program between LAUSD and CSULA's Charter
College of Education.
Contact: Margie Yu, Public Affairs Specialist, (323) 343-3047