CRESS Center Receives Additional $1 Million to Enhance K-12 Teaching Update: August 2010
August 30, 2010
Second Round of Funding to UC Davis
As part of its Teacher-Based Reform Grants Program the California
Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) has awarded the Pacific
Coast Teacher Innovation Network (known as PacTIN T-BAR) an
augmentation grant of $1,031,000. This is in addition to the
$1,010,00 master grant we received in 2009 and will allow us to
offer professional development opportunities to an additional 24
teacher teams as part of a second cohort.
The PacTIN is one of four T-BAR grants awarded by CPEC through
its Improving Teacher Quality Program. The T-BAR grants are a new
approach from the standard ITQ projects, which are not targeted
to small teacher teams. T-BAR funds teams of teachers to help
create professional development adapted to their schools,
planting the seeds for eventual whole-school reform. Each funded
team will receive up to $30,000 in support.
A team of educational partners including the UC Davis School of
Education CRESS Center, Humboldt Science and Mathematics Center,
the School of Education at Humboldt State University, and the
West Sacramento Early College Prep Charter School provide project
Applications for Cohort 2 will be available November 2010. The
two-year funding cycle begins May 2011 and ends June 2013. To
learn more about the program visit the Teacher Grants website.
Original News Release
The UC Davis School of Education has been awarded a $1 million
grant to help small teams of K-12 teachers develop projects that
enhance teaching and learning in the classrooms.
The grant from the California Postsecondary Education Commission
provides funding for a three-year project headed by Joanne
Bookmyer, director of teacher research at the Cooperative
Research and Extension Services for Schools (CRESS) Center. The
funds will enable the center, working with partners from Humboldt
State University and West Sacramento Early College Prep, to
manage what it has dubbed the Pacific Coast Teacher Innovation
Through the program, faculty from the schools of education and
other departments at both universities will work with teams of
teachers at public, private and charter schools to improve their
teaching skills and mastery of the subjects they teach.
Humboldt State University has a history of providing high-quality
professional development to teachers across northern California.
West Sacramento Early College Prep is a charter school developed
by the UC Davis School of Education, West Sacramento’s Washington
Unified School District and Sacramento City College.
With the grant, UC Davis and Humboldt State will run a
competitive local grant program for schools in the coastal region
from Ventura County to Del Norte County and inland to Yolo
County. Teams of three to five teachers will be eligible for 24
grants of up to $30,000 each.
“Ultimately, we hope that teachers in this project will be better
able to engage their students,” Bookmyer said. “We want them to
be better teachers.”
The project will encourage innovation, and will be “teacher
driven,” she said.
“The teachers will decide what it is they would like to do that
they think will have an impact in their classrooms,” Bookmyer
explained. “We’re going to say to them, ‘You have this pot of
money, you figure out what your school needs to engage your
students and go out and get that training. Then, come back and
put that training into practice in your classroom and schools.’”
Researchers will assess the efficacy of the project, with the
measure of success determined ultimately by the level of student
engagement and achievement at participating school sites,