Teacher Based Reform (T-BAR) Program
The California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) has awarded more than $6 million to help teams of K-12 teachers design and implement their own projects for significant educational reforms in their classrooms and schools.
In 2009 UCLA and UC Davis each received master grants of $1,010,000 to manage the three-year Teacher-Based Reform (T-BAR) Program. In 2010 CSU, Chico and UC Riverside were also awarded master grants, expanding the reach of T-BAR to all regions of California. UCLA and UC Davis received augmentation funds that will allow them to support a second cohort of teacher teams. In all, 144 teacher teams will be served throughout California.
Many California teachers have innovative ideas for educational change. T-BAR grants recognize these teachers as professionals capable of making creative, data-supported choices to improve teaching and learning. T-BAR grants encourage collaboration among K-12 teachers and university faculty to improve teaching skills and content knowledge that will ultimately increase student academic performance.
CSU, Chico and its partners; the Yuba City Unified School District, and Cal State Universities, Bakersfield, Fresno and San Bernardino are serving the inland California region of 33 counties from San Bernardino to Siskiyou and Modoc counties with a project called Teachers’ PD INC.
UC Davis, working as the Pacific Coast Teacher Innovation Network, covers the Pacific Coast from Del Norte to Ventura County and inland to Yolo County. For more information visit UC Davis Teacher Grants.
UCLA covers Los Angeles County. Visit the Teacher Initiated Inquiry Projects at UCLA TIIP website for information.
UC Riverside will work in Riverside, Orange, Imperial, and San Diego counties. Visit the SCRIBES website for more information.
“It is vital that higher education institutions are partners in improving teacher quality, both in the teacher preparation phase and throughout teachers’ careers,” said CPEC Executive Director Karen Humphrey. “The T-BAR grants allow teachers, working with university experts, to assess their own needs and design good professional development they can eventually share with their whole school.”
The grants are funded through the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. More information is at California Postsecondary Education Commission Improving Teacher Quality Program homepage.