BASRCBay Area School Reform Collaborative (California)
BASRCBay Area Strategic Reading Collaborative (Fremont, CA)
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With a district demand to reduce class sizes in math to a 20-1 student/teacher ratio (which has increased the need for new staff members) and as few as two days a year allotted by the state for staff development, it is not hard to understand why the school needs the money that comes with BASRC and other partnerships in order to pay teachers to participate in staff development activities in the summer or after school during the year.
BASRC got $25 million each from the Challenge and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
"BASRC has given us many professional development opportunities we wouldn't have had otherwise."
The Annenberg Foundation has been so pleased with what's happening in the BASRC schools that it has awarded them $40 million in new grants for five more years.
This means Lynn Gurnee will continue as her school's literacy coordinator, a position funded by BASRC. She plans staff development, demonstrates reading strategies, and helps colleagues interpret students' scores.
Their positions, too, were created by the teachers with BASRC funds.
"Before BASRC, our professional development trainings were random, and most teachers didn't know how to apply what they learned," says Rivera.