UCPDI
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University of California
Professional Development Institute

Resources
Resources
Resources

The following resources are available:
Online Courses | Web Tools | Grants | Professional Learning Communities | Publications | Presentations

Online Courses


Online Courses

UCPDI augments its professional development offerings with online courses providing teachers with opportunities to log on and learn from home, work or any convenient place. Courses are designed to deliver the high-quality content and expert instruction received in UCPDI "face-to-face" courses. Upon successful completion of online courses, teachers can receive credit which can be applied to district professional growth requirements and earn salary points. Teachers may be eligible for a district stipend.


Web Tools


Web Tools

UCPDI Web Tools provide teachers with information "on demand," tied to face-to-face and online professional development. Web Tools are available to districts partnering with UCPDI and provide teachers access to video examples used in trainings, student work and instructional strategies.

 

CAMSP Web Tool

Preparing for Success in Algebra is a California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP) grant. The program intent is to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics (grade 5 through Algebra 1) by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers through professional learning activities. Los Angeles Unified School District, Local District 6 received the three year grant through a collaborative partnership with the University of California, San Diego, the University of California, Irvine, San Diego State University, and the San Diego Mathematics Project.

Online web tool for the California Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant (CaMSP)

 

Grants


Community Service

 

Community Service Organization Grant

UCPDI  was recently awarded a $10,000 California Council for the Humanities  grant.  The purpose of the   grant is to capture genuine and compelling stories about California’s diverse communities.   The UCPDI grant  Democracia will tell the story of the impact of the Community Service Organization in California (CSO).  In the 1950’s and 1960’s CSO empowered  a generation of Mexican-American men and women across California.  Democracia will take the lessons learned from CSO  and share them with communities, including San Jose, Hanford and  the Imperial Valley,  struggling with many of the same issues today.   

 

Access to the Core

UCPDI is proud to share the results of the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) Improving Teacher Quality State Grant. The four-year grant was focused on improving the achievement of 8th and 9th grade second language learners in Language Arts and Mathematics. Access to the Core was built on a strong university and district partnership between UC and Los Angeles Unified School District Local District 6. UCPDI and Local District 6 worked together to address the needs of English learners in accessing academic language in core content classrooms through professional development designed to close content knowledge gaps.



Access To The Core

Access To The Core focused on improving the student achievement of English learners in core 8th and 9th grade mathematics and English/language arts classrooms. This video introduced the initial research findings of Robin Scarcella and her team at University of California.

 

California Mathematics and Science Partnership - Preparing for Success in Algebra

Preparing for Success in Algebra is a California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP) grant. The program intent is to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics (grade 5 through Algebra 1) by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers through professional learning activities. Los Angeles Unified School District, Local District 6 received the three year grant through a collaborative partnership with the University of California, San Diego, the University of California, Irvine, San Diego State University, and the San Diego Mathematics Project.

 

Highlights from CaMSP Classrooms

Highlights from LAUSD classroom videotaping. These videos feature: scaffolding instruction, developing vocabulary, facilitating group work, and encouraging students to participate in a "thinking class".

Professional Learning Communities


Professional Learning Community

Central to the success of UCPDI is its focus on building district capacity and supporting teacher leadership and expertise. UCPDI does this in multiple ways: experienced classroom teachers work with university faculty to develop and write curriculum, conduct research projects, analyze student work, district/school site data and provide professional development leadership. UCPDI provides experts and leaders multiple ways to engage with each other and work to take the lessons from their classrooms to a statewide community through regular meetings and through online communities.

 

Publications


Academic English Resources

UCPDI is pleased to offer Robin Scarcella's "Accelerating Academic English: A Focus on the English Learner" (University of California, Irvine, 2003).

Dr. Scarcella is Director of the ESL Program and Lecturer of the ESL Program/Linguistics Department of the University of California, Irvine. She has been widely recognized for her skill at bridging the gap between theoretical findings and pedagogical implications.

Accelerating Academic English addresses key research findings in socio-linguistics, cognitive studies, literacy and education. The book provides teachers with a deep knowledge of the research behind language acquisition - as well as practical advice for teaching students.

Click here to download the book (pdf file, 10mb)

Presentations


N A B E 2011

NABE 2011 Presentations, New Orleans, Louisiana

Helping English Learners Access Core Content Standards: For Elementary Teachers and University Faculty

Helping English Learners Access Core Content Standards: For Secondary Teachers and University Faculty

The purpose of these session was two-fold: (1) to ensure that the school/district reaches all English Learners at the highest academic rigor, and (2) to give all English Learners an opportunity to complete and graduate from college/vocational schools.

CaMSP Learning Network Meeting 2011, Sacramento, California

This presentation focused on using action research and assessments of teacher knowledge to foster effective math instruction.