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Professional Development Institute

In partnership with school districts, we close the achievement gap through effective professional development.

Professional Development


School Year 2011-2012

University of California Professional Development Institute

University of California Professional Development Institute (UCPDI) is a recognized leader in the development and implementation of standards-based professional development with an emphasis on meeting the needs of English language learners in urban and rural districts.


Support for English Learners

California has the largest percentage of English  learners in the nation, Twenty four percent of K-12 students, approximately 1.5 million, are English Learners (CDE 2011).  UCPDI provides teachers with interactive instruction in order to assist them in teaching English learners to achieve high levels of English language proficiency and mastery of California  academic content standards, especially in English/language arts and mathematics. 


California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP) Classrooms:

Highlights from videotaping in Los Angeles Unified School District including:

  • Marta Atilano - scaffolding instruction,
  • Brian Holland - developing vocabulary,
  • David Clark - facilitating group work, and
  • James Borden - ecourages his students to participate in a "thinking class".

District Support UCPDI Provides

  • For planning, monitoring and implementing programs to improve student achievement for English language learners
  • Coaching services for curriculum leaders


  • UCPDI is partnering with Los Angeles Unified School District on a three-year, three million dollar CaMSP Grant entitled "Preparing for Success in Algebra." The grant is aimed at providing professional development for one hundred 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade teachers in Los Angeles Unified School District, Local District 6. Visit the CaMSP Website
  • UCPDI received a California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) Improving Teacher Quality Grant entitled "Access to the Core." Access to the Core is a four-year partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District, Local District 6. Focusing on btoh content and langues provided promising improvement especially for second language learners in Mathematics. For more information, visit the Access to the Core Website

Developing Teacher Leadership

  • Summer and Academic Year Institutes
  • Opportunities to write and present curriculum
  • Opportunities for university faculty and classroom teachers to collaborate on programs which have a direct impact on closing the achievement gap at the secondary level
  • Forums to address key issues for English language learners throughout the state
  • Creating material for professional development

The Language of School

  • Support for Mathematics and English/Language Arts teachers to improve the performance of English learners across the curriculum
  • Online Courses and Web-based Resources - with university credit
Work Group

For More information, contact UCPDI


  • Conducting research to measure the impact of professional development on student achievement
  • Analysis of student work

SB 472 Approved Programs

English Learner, Professional Development
Elementary (K-6)
Secondary (6-12)
Bilingual/Dual Immersion (K-6)
Mathematics K-6
Scott Foresman – enVisionMATH
Mathematics 6-8
Glencoe California Math
McDougal Littell – Algebra 1 and Concepts and Skills
Prentice Hall –Algebra 1 CA Edition
Mathematics 9-12
Glencoe – Algebra Readiness and Algebra 1
McDougal Littell – Algebra 1, Concepts and Skills
Reading/Language Arts/ELD 6-8
Holt, Rinehart and Winston – Literature and Language Arts
Prentice Hall Literature – Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes
Reading/Language Arts/ELD 9-12
Holt, Rinehart and Winston – Literature and Language Arts
Prentice Hall Literature – Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes
McDougal Littell – The Language of Literature
Reading Intervention and Reading Intervention for English learners
Hampton Brown – High Point (4-8)
Hampton Brown – Inside (4-8)
Hampton Brown – Edge (9-12)