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Alameda County Office of Education
Project Heart, Head, Hands (H3)

Contact Information
Evan Goldberg, Project Director
Alameda County Office of Education
313 W. Winton Avenue
Hayward, CA 94544-1136
Web site: None
Grant Period: 2006-2010
Amount Requested: $1,997,053 for a four-year project

Program Description
Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE), in its second funding cycle, will expand its service area and enhance the project implementation strategies with lessons learned from participant and community feedback during the 2002-2006 grant. The Project Heart, Head, Hands (H3) project will engage students in developing positive character traits, social and emotional skills, and positive communication strategies, providing opportunities to demonstrate these new skills during service-learning activities. Program staff will develop a training-of-trainers model, refine the evaluation design, and convene a community advisory board.

The project will revise its curriculum and materials to include a Spanish translation, strategies to assist special education and students with disabilities, and support materials for parents and administrators. The H3 curriculum is linked with California’s language arts curricula and other California content standards. ACOE will partner with San Joaquin County Office of Education to replicate the H3 project in new intervention school sites in Alameda, San Joaquin, and Sacramento counties. The project will involve approximately 15,000 students in grades K-6 and 750 teachers in 24 schools.

Goals and Objectives

  • To expand implementation of the H3 program to diverse school communities in California's Bay Area and Central Valley and sustain implementation
  • To increase participating teachers' knowledge, skills and efficacy in all elements of the H3 program
  • To improve school climate at participating sites
  • To engage H3 parents in actively supporting school efforts to reinforce positive character development in their children
  • To facilitate improved behavioral and academic outcomes and improved character development for H3 children as compared, where feasible, with comparable peers not receiving the H3 curriculum

Evaluation Design
ACOE will use a quasi-experimental evaluation design in an intensive research study of student character development and academic achievement outcomes. A variety of pre-post surveys, observation instruments, reading and conduct grades, and school disciplinary records will be utilized to evaluate progress in each of the H3 outcome areas.

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