Disciplinary Literacy Work Circle: A Teacher-Researcher Partnership to Improve the Quality of Student Writing in English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies

Teachers at the UCLA Lab School will collaborate with UCLA researchers to improve the quality of student writing in grades 3 through 6. As part of this project, teachers and researchers will meet regularly to identify learning opportunities, to establish goals for teacher practice and student learning, and to create lessons or other instructional materials based on the Lab School curriculum. UCLA researchers will interview teachers and observe classroom instruction in order to understand how these co-created lessons and materials affect student learning. The project will also collect student work samples and writing assessments in order to measure students’ learning and writing improvement. As parents have already signed the UCLA Lab School blanket consent form, they are not required to sign any additional forms at this time. Any questions about this study should be directed to Dr. Kimberley Gomez (310-825-0991 or kimgomez@ucla.edu).