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Carol Booth Olson's Pathway Project Provides Teachers with Sustained Support for Implementing "Cognitive Strategies"

Publication: UCI Irvine
Date: March 16, 2017

Summary: UCI Writing Project director Carol Booth Olson explains how her Pathway Project provides a cohort of teachers with sustained support in implementing the "cognitive strategies" instructional approach, emphasizing "thinking tools" that students can use to construct meaning.


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We felt that having teachers with multiple years of experience and students with multiple years of exposure would increase the kids' chances of becoming college-bound, boost their performance on state tests and also motivate them. We wanted to change the students' sense of agency, so that they would see themselves as college material. Moving students along the pathway—that was the original concept."

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