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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 California State Standards, and acquire skills and knowledge necessary for success in the 21st century.  
   Units within CIS provide the following services:  

College and Career Readiness (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,


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,


Early Learning Support - 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.
Daniel Orosco,


Equity, Access and Curriculum Support Unit Provides professional development services to support LEAs in providing access to educational opportunities for all learners. EACSU provides professional development and technical assistance to support LEAs in the implementation of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system.  EACSU conducts research and evaluation studies, coordinates the California Distinguished Schools Program, and is a resource for information on Gifted and Talented Education (GATE).

Kathryn Edwards,



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.

Kate Franceschini,



Center for History-Social Science Education prepares K-12 history-social science educators to support and strengthen high quality standards-based history-social science instruction through workshops, programs, events, and networking opportunities.

Michelle Herczog,


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,


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.

Ruth Baskett,


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.

Leslie Zoroya,


Center for District Capacity Building exists to help LEAs and their schools meet the needs of each student they serve, with a focus on building local capacity to sustain improvement and to effectively address disparities in opportunities and outcomes.

Tammy Gabel,



The Wellness Programs support school districts in planning and implementing effective, standards-based programs that support appropriate decision making and healthy behaviors across the lifespan by promoting safe and healthy learning environments. This includes Tobacco Use Prevention Education, Nutrition and Physical Education.

Maryam Shayegh,

Tonya Moore,

Mark Hernandez,


Outdoor, Marine Science & Science Education Unit offers workshops designed to improve academic achievement and scientific literacy and hosts events including the Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair and the Regional Science Olympiad. The Outdoor Science School provides rigorous, standards-based, science field study programs for students and their teachers.
Shaun Hawke,




Inclusive Design Unit supports the education of all students by focusing on critical aspects of inclusive learning environments. Our current focus is Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an evidence-based framework for systematically addressing learner variability.
James McKenna,


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.

Danielle Mitchell,

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