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Professional development and technical assistance from the Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services (CIS) at the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) supports educators in planning and providing high quality instructional programs that prepare students to demonstrate proficiency on the Common Core State Standards, and acquire skills and knowledge necessary for success in the 21st century.
   Units within CIS provide the following services:  

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
provides what first generation college students need: high expectations, encouragement, day-to-day support, and a vision of college acceptance and graduation. AVID involves students in a strong group of peers and adults who share a commitment to academic achievement and who work together to help the group succeed.
Lise Reilly, reilly_lise@lacoe.edu

    The Center for Distance and Online Learning (CDOL)
provides innovative professional development courses for K-12 educators using online and multimedia technologies. University credits are available for many courses at an additional cost. Extensive teaching and learning resources are available at no cost for educators and students.
Dotti Ysais, ysais_dotti@lacoe.edu

    Early Learning Support Unit

California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN) Region 11 - CPIN provides professional development to state funded early education programs in Los Angeles County with the goal of helping young children develop into eager, healthy and prepared learners who succeed in elementary school and beyond.

Early Childhood Education Professional Learning Communities (ECEPLC)
- The First 5 LA/LAUP funded project provides training and technical assistance to Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program principals and teachers on the implementation of developmentally appropriate TK practices that support preschool through elementary education articulation.
Daniel Orosco, orosco_daniel@lacoe.edu


Common Core State Standards (CCSS) - The Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services provides support to our schools and districts as they work to transition to the CCSS. LACOE’s workshops and trainings on the Common Core State Standards give our educational community a resource by which they can access information about the CCSS, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, and links to viable resources from across the county, the state, and the nation.
Yvonne Contreras, contreras_yvonne@lacoe.edu


The Curriculum Support and Assessment Unit assists educators in interpreting and using assessment results, and establishing comprehensive and balanced assessment systems.  CSAU leads the county transition to the SMARTER Balance Assessment Consortia assessments that will be used in California.

Kathryn Edwards, edwards_kathryn@lacoe.edu


The Educational Leadership Program builds leadership capacity in veteran and new administrators by using research-based practices focused on teaching and learning in 21st century schools and districts. In a collaborative setting, professionals examine, research, and develop best practices to improve student achievement.

Shannon Wilkins, wilkins_shannon@lacoe.edu

The Center for History-Social Science Education supports K-12 history-social science teaching and learning by offering professional development, programs, events, and networking opportunities to prepare all students for college, career, and citizenship in the 21st century.
Michelle Herczog, herczog_michelle@lacoe.edu

Mathematics Education provides programs and services that assist K-12 mathematics educators and leaders to support and strengthen high quality mathematics instructions through workshops, resources, and updates from local, state and national organizations. Mathematics Education presents the annual Los Angeles County Mathematics Field Day.

Anthony Quan, quan_anthony@lacoe.edu



Multilingual Academic Support Unit workshops prepare PreK-12 educators with the content and strategies needed to assure that English Learners receive a quality standards-based education that effectively addresses their language and academic learning needs, resulting in academic success.

Magdalena Ruz Gonzalez, ruz-gonzalez_magda@lacoe.edu



The Reading/Language Arts Unit provides reading/language arts workshops; leads the county initiative around the Common Core State Standards; provides SB 472 professional development workshops focused on state adopted instructional materials; and hosts the Los Angeles County Spelling Bee.

Della Larimore, larimore_della@lacoe.edu



Regional System of District and School Support (RSDSS) is a part of the statewide system of school support that was established to meet state and federal requirements. The support system, working within county offices of education, offers intensive and sustained assistance to local educational agencies and schools receiving federal Title I funds to increase the opportunity for all students to meet the state’s academic content standards.

Tammy Gabel, gabel_tammy@lacoe.edu



School Health and Physical Education (SHaPE) 
supports school districts in planning and implement effective, standards-based programs that support appropriate decision making and healthy behaviors across the lifespan by promoting safe and healthy learning environments.

Joanie Verderber, verderber_joanie@lacoe.edu


The Science Education Unit offers workshops and services designed to assist in moving towards Next Generation Science Standards. The Science Education unit also partners to host events including the Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair and the Regional Science Olympiad. The Outdoor and Marine Science Field Labs provides an immersive field study program for students and their teachers that engages students in science practices.
Anthony Quan, quan_anthony@lacoe.edu
Gary Widdison, widdison_gary@lacoe.edu



The Special Education Unit provides development, technical, specialized, consultative, advisory, and field-based services to schools and districts throughout Los Angeles County. Professional Development opportunities include facilitation of instructional programs and program needs for schools and districts as they implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and next generation assessments (SBAC), as they relate to the particular needs of students with disabilities.
James McKenna, mckenna_james@lacoe.edu


Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) provides training on VAPA standards, development of arts education plans, and arts integration strategies that support Common Core State Standards. The VAPA Unit partners with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission through the Arts for All initiative, and with multiple regional and statewide collaborators.

Shannon Wilkins, wilkins_shannon@lacoe.edu


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