• In a survey of students, 81% indicated that their writing had improved over the year

    — Allies Year One Summary Report

  • "[My teacher] helped me understand what I was doing wrong and how to correct these mistakes"

    — PVUSD High School student

  • "My thesis statements, descriptions, and conclusions have improved"

    — PVUSD High School student

  • "We covered quote integration very thoroughly"

    — PVUSD High School student

  • "My writing has improved because my vocabulary has gotten better throughout this year"

    — PVUSD High School student

  • "I've learned how to include rhetorical devices and analyze passages"

    — PVUSD High School student

In the News


ALLIES presentation on Feb 22 at CISC in Monterey

On February 22, 2013, thirteen members of the ALLIES team  spent an hour talking about the project with educational leaders from around the state at the CISC Symposium (the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee  of the CCSESA – California County Superintendents Educational Services Association) in Monterey.  Our funding officer in the California Department of Education […]


Summer Institutes for ALLIES Teachers

Click on the following links to learn about opportunities for summer institutes: Summer Institute for High School and Middle School Content Teachers ISAW 2013 Workshop for English Language Arts Teachers Invitational Summer Institute 2013 Application


From The Sentinel

UCSC helps PV teachers implement new state reading and writing standards Source – Sentinel staff report Posted:   10/22/2011 01:30:26 AM PDT WATSONVILLE — English teachers from Pajaro Valley, Watsonville and Aptos high schools, preparing to teach new and more rigorous state standards for reading and writing, are getting some help from UC Santa Cruz. The […]

Who we are

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    ALLIES, the Alliance for Language and Literary Instruction Effecting Standards

    ALLIES, the Alliance for Language and Literary Instruction Effecting Standards, is a consortium brought together in 2011 by a grant from the California Postsecondary Education Commission’s Improving Teacher Quality Program. Its purpose is to help middle and high school teachers in Pajaro Valley Unified School District prepare students for the rigor of college and career […]

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    Our Goals

    The goals of the ALLIES project are to: 1. Increase teacher understanding of the CA Common Core State Standards 2. Increase teacher knowledge and understanding of how to effectively teach all students, particularly ELs, critical reading and analytical writing skills that align with the CaCCSS, district benchmark writing assessments and other standardized exams 3. Increase […]