Graduate School of Education's Linda Ventriglia-Navarrette recognized for outstanding educational initiatives and governance practices that work to meet students’ ever-changing
Project Moving Forward, an innovative language learning
and professional development program created and
directed by Linda Ventriglia-Navarrette from within UC
Riverside’s Graduate School of Education, received a 2017
Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards
Association during a San Diego ceremony held Thursday,
The annual Golden Bell Awards program recognizes
outstanding educational initiatives and governance
practices that work to meet students’ ever-changing needs
in school districts throughout California. This year, a 17-
person panel of judges sifted through 250 entries in 19
categories, eventually narrowing down the pool of
statewide winners to just 56.
Project Moving Forward received the award for its multilevel, district wide partnership with Riverside County’s Moreno Valley Unified School District (MVUSD). The award was one of four given in the category “Closing the Achievement Gap,” which recognizes programs that display successful models, culturally relevant pedagogy, professional development, and supporting data to help narrow and close the achievement
gap for under performing student groups. These groups include economically disadvantaged students who enter school with a dominant language other than English.
Marrying theory with practice, the initiative seeks to close
the achievement gap by focusing on training teachers to
deliver a dynamic, fast-paced vocabulary and integrated
English language development program aligned with
California’s state standards.
During interactive sessions, students boost their vocabularies, improve their English oral language fluency, and develop literacy skills including ANALYZE phonics using a Ventriglia-Navarrette-developed system called the RULE of Three or RAP, which stands for the REHEARSE, ANALYZE, and PRODUCE.
Launched in the MVUSD in 2012, Project Moving Forward is now part of the curriculum in more than 100 schools in eight states. And with the recent acquisition of a $2.7 million grant from the Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition under the National Professional Development (NPD) program, the program is poised for expansion.
“We’ve introduced rigor to our kids — beginning at the transitional kindergarten, or TK, and kindergarten levels — and that’s made an enormous difference,” Ventriglia-Navarrette said.