San Bernardino

Teaming Up to Improve English Learners’ Math Skills




​For English learners from preschool to high school, improving language skills is only part of the challenge. Mathematics continues to be a significant barrier for many seeking to graduate from high school and gain admission to college.

Teaching English Learners Early Mathematics (TEEM) wants students, teachers, and school leaders to seek success together—providing collaborative professional development and learning opportunities in tandem with educational enhancement tools for students.

TEEM is a partnership between Cal State San Bernardino, the Riverside County Office of Education, the Romoland and Nuview Union School Districts, Romoland Head Start, and state preschool programs. The partnership is built on intensive pedagogical study, preparing strategies ready for the school and classroom.

"Our goal is rigorous and replicable research that can be reproduced beyond this project," says project evaluator Dr. Lorie Sousa. "The TEEM project has the potential to provide additional evidence that, if successful, will impact many students across California and beyond."​

The project is funded by a $3 million Department of Education i3 award with additional matching support from the Heising-Simons Foundation, Toyota USA Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.