Teacher Grants

Welcome to the Teacher Grants website. This site features information about Improving Teacher Quality Program (ITQ) projects operated by CSU, Chico. Each ITQ project has a focus on developing K-12 teacher professional capital by helping teachers make decisions and choices that serve the needs of their own students. Projects encourage collaboration among teachers and principals, offer tools that assist with decision-making, and the Collective Instructional Leadership System (CILS) for continuous improvement and sustainable approaches for increasing K-12 student learning.

These ITQ projects are an application of the CSU, Chico School of Education mission that calls us to collaborate with our community partners to educate a diverse, democratic, socially responsible society in which every student is valued, and to commit to education programs that use scholarly inquiry and research-based practice as tools for continual professional growth and renewal.

Our Improving Teacher Quality Projects funded by the California Department of Education include:

Teachers’ Professional Development/Learning for Inland California, 2010 - 2015, $2.6 million, provided direct professional learning support for 301 teachers and principals and indirect support for approximately 600 additional educators at 52 schools. 

Project ESTEEM -- Elementary Science Teachers: Educating, Elevating, and Meliorating, $500,000, providing support for elementary teacher and principals in implementing the California Next Generation Science Standards through curriculum development and collaboration.


Chico USD Librarians present to CSU Chico Students

8 Oct 2012 - When teachers identify student needs and then, are supported with sustained professional development to address those needs, students benefit. Chico Unified School District librarians, Liesl Jones, Gale Morgan and Linda Elliot along with former Chico librarian Michael Specchierla wondered if teaching media literacy skills to junior high and high school students would improve student learning. They sought and were awarded a Teachers’ PD INC professional development grant. The grant is providing funding for the librarians to attend technology, literacy and learning conferences. Back home the librarians are creating new ways for teachers and students to learn about media literacy and use new technology across subject areas.


Implementation of Literacy Strategies based on Brain Research

5 Nov 2012 - T-BAR project grantees, Kip Glazer, Mark Olsen and Karen VanWagenen’s efforts to better prepare students for taking the high-stake California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) has proven to be a success with both students and colleagues at Independence High School in Bakersfield, CA.


Drs. Monet and Kotar present at Carnegie Foundation Summit, 2015

2-4 March 2015 - Drs. Monet and Kotar presented a poster entitled "Effectiveness of Teacher-Selected Professional Learning on School Change and Student Learning Through Action Research" at the Canegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education which took place during the first week of March in San Francisco. The Carnegie Summit is a annual conference for educators and administrators at the forefront of the educational improvement community. Their poster reports on research findings from Cohorts I and II. 



2013 Teachers' PD INC Summer Conference

Be sure to join us for the first annual Teacher's PD INC Summer Conference, July 24th and 25th at Colusa Hall on the campus of California State University, Chico. Conference registration and additional information can be found here.


Achieving Excellence 2012–2013

20 Oct 2012 - For the second year in a row, Teachers' PD INC has been recognized by CSU Chico among programs that are identified as achieving excellence. 


New Action Research reporting method

28 Aug 2012 - Beginning September 2012 we are implementing a new, easier method for team members to report on the progress of their Action Research projects. Now grantees can simply fill out an online questionnaire during their reporting period and their responses will be automatically submitted. 


CSU Chico Receives $1Million second round of T-BAR funding

March 2012 - Teachers’ PD INC, a collaborative professional development project, was recently awarded funding of $1 million for a second cycle. The project will serve approximately 120 more teachers in the inland California region, the 33 counties from San Bernardino to Modoc and Siskiyou Counties. Lead partners are California State University, Chico and the Yuba City Unified School District. The multi-year project is part of the Improving Teacher Quality Program.


New California State Travel Guidelines

Important Travel Guidline Changes:

PD Advisory-Revised Foundation CA State Travel Rates Guidelines (formerly DPA) Please Note that these guidelines are effective as of 16 September 2013. The most important change is that a receipt is required for everything on the calim, including all transportation, meals and incidentals. There are increases in meals and lodging in the state of California.