Teachers and administrators are able to use a wall of books
and other materials maintained by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE)
to help them develop curriculum, plan lessons and decide which books to buy.
The SDCOE Learning Resource Display Center includes all of
the state-approved books and instructional materials in all subjects for
kindergarten through 8th grade.
Karen Wagner, learning resources coordinator, and Oscar
Ramirez, systems technician, are responsible for maintaining and helping
educators access the collection, which include printed as well as online
materials. The service is particularly
helpful for smaller districts, which don’t have as many resources as the larger
ones, Wagner said.
“It’s really important for districts to know what their
options are and to know how to access them,” she said.
In addition to educators, they also work with publishers,
state officials and the general public.
“We pretty much make it a one-stop-shop,” Ramirez said.
When the state board of education is reviewing materials for
adoption, the public can come to the center to get a look at them and make
public comments. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
and after hours by appointment. It’s located in San Diego at 5304 Metro St.