Grants, Scholarships, & Partnerships


The College of Communication and Education (CME) Office of Outreach, Research and Grants (ORG) provides proposal development support and project management services to School of Education Faculty seeking and successful in securing external funding. An overview of the services and funded projects supported by the CME ORG office as well as staff contact information can be found at the CME ORG website.

Listed below are funded projects secured by School of Education faculty:

The PRISMS Project: Promoting Rural Improvement in Secondary Mathematics and Sciences - is a five-year collaborative project which began Fall 2014 and is funded by a Teacher Quality Partnership Grant received from the Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education. PRISMS is a partnership between CSU, Chico and three high-need school districts in northern California to increase and diversify the pool of excellent teachers in math, sciences, English and special education for our region and state. This $6.4 million project, directed by Dr. Maggie Payne, also focuses on providing intensive professional development for pre-service and in-service teachers to increase equity and improvement in student academic achievement.

PRISMS programs include:

  1. Next Generation Mathematics Teachers (NGMT) is a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. This new program will focus on the subject matter competence requirements to qualify candidates to seek the Single Subject Credential in Foundational Level Mathematics (FLM), which enables the holder to teach middle school through Algebra II/Integrated III, as outlined by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for mathematics. NGMT, which is directed by Dr. Mary Elizabeth Matthews, provides students both a rich mathematical background and the pedagogical knowledge called for in the CCSS through innovative coursework and clinical experiences. For more information, please visit the NGMT Website.
  2. Residency in Secondary Education (RiSE) is a graduate level program leading to a Master of Arts in Education and a teaching credential in math, science, English or special education. This university- and district-based teacher education program pairs master's-level education content and classroom-based action research with a rigorous full-year, full-time classroom residency built on a co-teaching model. The project provides stipend support to participants during the year of residency. The RiSE Program is directed by Dr. Jennifer Oloff-Lewis, and program partners include Corning High School, Los Molinos High School, Los Molinos Elementary School, Orland High School and C.K. Price Intermediate School. For more information, please visit the RiSE Website.

Collaborative Professional Development (CPD) Project in Rural California Schools - recruits and selects pre-service teachers who are bilingual and/or from underserved groups, paraprofessionals, and in-service teachers to participate in professional development in the areas of Science Education and English Language Development.  This $1.9 million five year award, directed by Dr. Esther Larocco and Dr. Charles Zartman, began Fall 2012 and is funded by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), U.S. Department of Education.

Northeastern California Preparation and Retention of Indian Educators (NorCAL PRIE) – is designed to recruit, prepare and support 20 American Indian/Alaskan Native individuals pursuing teaching or administrative careers in education.  NorCAL PRIE will implement an exemplary preparation and induction program, ultimately improving the education of Indian children and youth.  NorCAL PRIE, directed by Dr. Michelle Cepello, began in Fall 2012 and is scheduled to receive over $1.2 million over 4 years. The project is funded by the Office of Indian Education within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education.

Northern California Collaboration for Low Incidence Personnel Preparation (NorCal CLIPP) - provides funding to 100 future teachers to earn the California Education Specialist Instruction Credential in the area of moderate to severe disabilities. This project is organized to study and address the shortage of qualified teachers that hinders local efforts to offer pupils with disabilities a high quality education. Teachers will learn to use technology from evidence-based practices, track data from Individualized Education Programs mandated by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and align teaching with the Common Core State Standards Initiative for K-12 schools in California. This $1.25 million five year award, directed by Dr. Talya Kemper, began Fall 2013 and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services.

Teachers' PD INC – provides funding to 50 teacher teams, serving approximately 250 teachers from the 33 inland California counties and supports innovative school improvement through teacher-driven professional development.  It received its original funding in 2009 in the amount of $1,030,000 and augmentation funding in the amount of $1,000,000.  The project is a collaborative between CSU, Chico and Yuba City Unified School District and is directed by Dr. Mike Kotar, Dr. Julie Monet and Dr. Karen Villalobos.  Teachers’ PD INC is funded for 4 years (2010-2014) by the Improving Teacher Quality program, California Department of Education.


The deadline for students to apply for academic year scholarships is February 15. Students can access the application electronically by going to Financial Aid & Scholarship Office. An online letter of recommendation must accompany the application.

Math and Science Teacher Scholarships Available - A collaboration between the Department of Education, the Center for Math and Science Education, and the Teacher Recruitment Program (TRP), called the Mathematics and Science Teacher Initiative (MSTI) at California State University, Chico is focused on recruiting students to become math and science teachers. Applications for the Teacher Recruitment Project (TRP) and Noyce Scholarships for future Math/Science teachers are now available. Awards up to $10,000 are possible. For more information about either of these scholarships, please visit Center for Mathematics and Science Education Website.

Credential Student Scholarships Available - School of Education Scholarship Matrix (pdf) - Credential Students do not apply to a particular scholarship, all university students complete the same application and the scholarship office determines who qualifies for scholarships. The School of Education would like to thank all of our donors for making these opportunities possible.

Student Activities

Phi Delta Kappa - PDK is a dedicated advocate for the public schools, maintains an extensive network of more than 650 PDK chapters in the United States, Canada, and nations in Europe and Asia. The association publishes the Phi Delta Kappan, the most cited education journal in the United States, and sponsors the annual Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools.


Courses for Educators - Professional advancement and continuing education opportunities are available through the Center for Regional and Continuing Education. For more information, please visit the Center for Regional and Continuing Education.

RISE Library - The RISE Library is located in AJH 124 on the Chico State campus and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The library holds hundreds of books, teaching units, costumes, artifacts, and realia to help teachers make their classrooms and teaching more alive and interesting. Library administrators have been conducting mini-workshops on using artifacts for education classes that have been well received. They are also planning a mini-workshop on how to use short pieces of literature in group work. Teachers can sign up by e-mailing

NNER - The School of Education at Chico State is the newest member of the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER). The organization seeks to "foster school and university partnerships engaged in the simultaneous renewal of schools and the education of those who work in them." Nationwide, the NNER's members include 24 partnership settings, with 44 institutions of higher education and approximately 150 school districts and 700 partner schools.