Judith A Scott

TitleAssociate Professor
DivisionSocial Sciences Division
DepartmentEducation Department
AffiliationsCrown College
Phone831-459-5066,
831-459-2239
Email
FAX831-459-4618
Web Site#
ccwritingproject.org
vineconsortium.org
OfficeMcHenry Library, rm 3128
Office HoursBy appointment
Campus Mail StopEducation Department
Mail1156 High ST
Santa Cruz, CA
95064
Judith A Scott

Research Interests

I am currently the Principal Investigator of two large grants funded by the United States Department of Education/National Center for Educational research and a third from the State of California.

The first project, Vocabulary Assessment Studies in Education (VASE) is an expanded study of the assessment tool created during the VINE project (2006-2010). The VINE project involved fourth and fifth grade teachers and students from nine school districts, with mixed ethnic and high poverty populations. The focus was to help teachers create classroom conditions that foster metacognitive awareness of how words work in English. [http://vineproject.ucsc.edu]. In VASE, we are developing a new method of vocabulary assessment based on testing incremental knowledge about words and principled selection of items based on the curriculum covered in a grade level, word frequency, morphology, part of speech, and other characteristics of words. We are currently developing the word corpus and developing item types for the assessment.
The second project, Teaching with Computers: Word Annotations for Vocabulary Education (tecWAVE) is a joint project with the Computer Science department at UCSC. We are creating a software program that is being piloted in middle school science and English Language Development classrooms to help students understand unfamiliar words encountered in context. When the student clicks on a word, a pop-up window displays definitions of the word appropriate to the context, native language translations, and several pictures. The goal is to improve both comprehension of the text and word learning. [http://tecwave.soe.ucsc.edu/].

The third, Alliance for Language and Literacy Instruction Effecting Standards (ALLIES)is a collaborative partnership with Pajaro Valley Unified School District, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, the UCSC Writing Program , the UCSC Education Department and the Central California Writing Project. We will be working with teachers at three high schools on writing instruction and the integration of the California Common Core State Standards.

Biography, Education and Training

I am currently the chair of the Academic Senate Committee on Teaching and the Director of the Vocabulary Innovations in Education Consortium.  I have been the Chair of Undergraduate Programs in Education, Graduate Director for the Ph.D. program and chair of the Language, Literacy and Culture specialization. Prior to coming to UC-Santa Cruz, I was an Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada, from 1991-2000. There, I helped create the Early Literacy Network with 52 school districts, and the Reading 44 program, which is used throughout the province. I was also the Co-Director of a Professional Development Institute in California that served over 350 new and veteran teachers for three years, focused on English Language learning using teacher inquiry and coaching.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Awards
2006 John Chorlton Manning Public School Service Award, International Reading Association

Grants
2011-2012 Principal Investigator, Alliance for Language and Literacy Instruction Effecting Standards (ALLIES). California Postsecondary Commission. Improving Teacher Quality Grant ($249,984)

2009-2012 Principal Investigator, Measuring vocabulary knowledge with testlets: A new tool for assessment. United States Department of Education: Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Educational Research. Reading and Writing Education Research Grant-Goal 5: Measurement and Assessment. ($2,036,502)

2008-2011 Principal Investigator, Explicit Scaffolding for Word Learning in Context through Multimedia Multilingual Word Annotation. The tecWAVE project (TEaching with Computers: Word Annotations for Vocabulary Education). United States Department of Education: Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Educational Research. Educational Technology Research Grant. ($1,493,113)

2006-2009 Principal Investigator, Vocabulary Development Through Writing: A Key to Academic Success. The VINE project (Vocabulary Innovations in Education). United States Department of Education: Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Educational Research. Reading and Writing Education Research Grant. ($1,402,553)

Teaching Interests

My teaching covers all program areas, mentoring undergraduate, credential/MA and doctoral students.