Project Athena


This project will demonstrate how the development and implementation of high-powered, interdisciplinary curriculum in language arts can raise the threshold of performance in economically disadvantaged high ability learners in the regular classroom as well as other educational settings. By setting high standards for curriculum content and instructional pedagogy and by working with administrators, teachers, students, and parents to embed these expectations in classroom practice with supporting structures in the home and community, this project will advance the state of the art of gifted education.

  • To develop and implement instrumentation sensitive to low socioeconomic learners for purposes of identification and assessment of learning.
  • To implement, refine, and extend research-based language arts curriculum units of study in grades 3-5 in seven different school districts.
  • To develop and implement professional training models for teachers, administrators, and broader school communities.
  • To conduct research on short term and longitudinal student learning gains as well as the mechanisms that promote the institutionalization of innovation through scaling up.
Project Staff
  • Dr. Bruce Bracken, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska, Co-Principal Investigator
  • Dr. Tamra Stambaugh, Project Manager