Four-Year Grant Given to Pathway Project

A team of UC Irvine Department of Education researchers received a four-year grant in July from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences for their current Pathway Project, which is devoted to increasing academic literacy among middle and high school students in the Santa Ana Unified School District, which ranks as the fifth-largest school district in California and has the most minorities of any district in Orange County.
Researchers will arbitrarily select teachers within the district and teach them effective strategies to improve reading and writing skills in students and to help students become college-bound.
The project, which is based on an original eight-year study conducted by SAUSD, involves five researchers from UCI, including Director Carol Booth Olson, Professor Penny Chiappe and Professor James Kim from the Department of Education, along with Professor Robin Scarcella from the Program in Academic English and Professor David van Dyk from the Department of Statistics.
‘What I hope to accomplish is to empower teachers with research-based instructional strategies to help their middle and high-school students