Project ESTEEM

Project ESTEEM at CSU, Chico is a California Department of Education (CDE) funded project to provide professional learning opportunities in science education for collaborative teams of elementary teachers and their principals. Its primary goals are to improve instructional practice and leadership in elementary science education in Region 2, Northeastern California, and to create partnerships between schools and the university. Project ESTEEM is part of the California Elementary Mathematics and Science Professional Learning Initiative, funded through the Improving Teacher Quality State Grants Program.

Project ESTEEM Teachers and Principals

  • Participate in quarterly workshops and annual regional conferences, over the two years of Project ESTEEM,
  • Engage in face-to-face and online collaboration with colleagues on a cross-district grade-level team to design, implement, and evaluate CA Next Generation Science Standards aligned  elementary science instructional units,
  • Determine the effectiveness of instructional units for successful science teaching and learning by applying the Collective Instructional Leadership System for continuous improvement, and 
  • Share curriculum at regional conferences and online.

Project ESTEEM aims to

  • Promote ongoing regional partnerships in support of elementary teaching and learning,
  • Produce and disseminate innovative elementary science curriculum units, and 
  • Expand educators’ understanding of how to apply interdisciplinary instruction for student success across the curriculum.


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.