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Monet Earns Teacher Quality Grant

The multi-year project will support 120 more teachers in inland California to help them increase student achievement in their classrooms.

Project co-directors Michael Kotar, Education; Julie Monet, Science Education and Geological and Environmental Sciences; and Karen Hackett Villalobos, director of the Tri-County Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) Program have received a $1 million grant from the Improving Teacher Quality Program administered by the California Department of Education. The multi-year project is part of the Improving Teacher Quality Program, and will support 120 more teachers in the inland California region, that encompass 33 counties from San Bernardino to Modoc and Siskiyou Counties to implement teacher driven professional development and action research.The goal is to help participating teachers make significant educational reforms that will increase student achievement in their classrooms and schools.

Teachers’ PD INC will continue to conduct research into the effectiveness of teacher-driven professional development in collaboration with similarly funded projects at UC Davis/Humboldt State University, UCLA and UC Riverside. “Teachers’ PD INC and the entire Teacher Based Reform Initiative (T-BAR) is participating in what many experts believe is the most effective way to improve schools – by helping teachers do a better job of teaching,” said Kotar. “It recognizes teachers as professionals capable of making creative, data-supported choices to improve their practice and the overall education of their students.” “Often missing in more traditional models of professional development are tools for helping teachers transfer their learning to their classroom practice,” said Monet. “Teachers’ PD INC teams will take on the role of teachers as researchers, while they conduct action research on their proposed reform. The goal is to provide teachers with the tools to successfully continue the benefits of the learning experiences of this professional development long after the funding has ended.” 

Information about Teachers’ PD INC and the teacher team projects of the first cycle can be found on the Teacher’s PD INC website at http://www.csuchico.edu/teacher-grants.