Significant Disability Curriculum Specialist Graduate Assistant Cohort

Dr. Joshua Baker, Ph.D., BCBA, LBA, an associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education is the PI of this project that designed to create open source curriculum for teachers of students on the NV alternative diploma route. The project partners with, and is funded by, the NV DOE Office of Inclusive Education. More information is coming soon!

Project E3: Enhancing, Engaging, and Empowering Teachers for the Next Generation of English Learners

Dr. Tracy Spies, associate professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Multilingual, and Special Education, leads Project E3, a teacher development grant designed to prepare teachers as leaders in the field of English language education. Teacher participants will complete a M.Ed. in English Language Learning, be trained as instructional coaches, and participate in a series of leadership opportunities. Funding source US Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition

The project extends from September 2016-July 2021

M-PLANS stands for Motivation – Planning Lessons to Activate eNgagement in Science

Dr. Gwen Marchand, an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education and Principal Investigator (PI) of this collaborative partnership involving Drs. Lisa Linnenbrink-Garcia (PI) and Jennifer Schmidt (Co-I) at Michigan State University and their team, Dr. Christopher Harris (PI) at WestEd and his team, and teachers and science coordinators at Clark County School District in NV and the Oakland County ISD in Michigan.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, M-PLANS (Motivation – Planning Lessons to Activate eNgagement in Science) is a collaboration between motivation researchers, science education experts, and experienced science practitioners to design a reasonable and sustainable professional learning (PL) model that builds teachers’ capacity to support student motivation and engagement in science.

The MPLANS project began in 2018 and extends through 2022. For more information about the project, please visit

M-PLANS is a Level II, Early Stage Design and Development project in the Teaching Strand of the National Science Foundation’s Discovery Research PK-12 program, Award Numbers: 1813047 (MSU), 1812976 (UNLV), 1907480 (WestEd).

Examining Implementation of a State Mandate to End Remediation in Community Colleges: A Research-Practitioner Partnership

Dr. Federick Ngo, an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education partners with the Los Angeles Community College District (Deborah Harrington; Co-PI), University of Southern California (Tatiana Melguizo; PI), and the University of Massachusetts Boston (Cheryl Ching; Co-PI)

Assembly Bill 705 was implemented in Fall 2019 in the California Community Colleges to reduce inequities in outcomes by placing the majority of the students directly in college level math and providing students with support. With support from the Spencer Foundation, this research-practitioner project will give us the opportunity to examine together how LACCD colleges are implementing the major structural changes required under AB705. Project goals are to understand sense-making and decision-making across the district, identify strategies and barriers to successful implementation of AB705, and provide an early assessment of whether and how LACCD is achieving the student success goals of AB705. 

Funding source:

Spencer Foundation

Duration of the project:

Spring 2020-Spring 2023