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Inspiring and leading innovation in education

The San Diego County Office of Education works diligently to assist the 42 school districts in San Diego County and provide the best possible education for all students. We realign our work annually and participate in state and local policy meetings to support and advocate for the needs of local districts. Our focus is to improve teaching and learning countywide, and it is our intent to impact student achievement by improving teacher practice, instructional leadership, and district systems of support.

Our theory of action is if we build efficacy in ourselves and others by increasing our understanding of high-quality teaching and learning, we will increase student learning.

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SDCOE promotes the use of data to make instructional decisions and monitor student progress. Our staff is available to help schools analyze assessment results, implement best practices in data management, and create structures and processes for identifying strategies that address teaching and learning.

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Career Technical Education

Today's schools must prepare students to take on jobs that do not yet exist, while using technologies that have yet to be invented, in order to solve 21st century problems that have not yet emerged. The rapid changes of the economy and technology represent both a challenge and opportunity for the San Diego community.

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Curriculum and Instruction

Learn more about how SDCOE supports county educators build capacity and confidence in Computer Science, English Language Arts, Environmental Literacy, Health and Physical Education, History-Social Science, Mathematics, Science, and Visual and Performing Arts instruction.

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District Assistance and Support

California has made a series of major shifts in public education with one goal: To improve learning so every student can be successful in school, college, work, and life. Using more than just a single number or test score, the state’s new accountability system aims to confront the gaps for student groups that can be hidden within student averages.

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Educational Technology

SDCOE focuses on technology integration into the curriculum that transforms educational systems, grounding professional development in pedagogical practices that teachers and administrators can take back to their classrooms to support students.

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To deliver on the promise of educational equity for all students, the San Diego County Board of Education is committed to providing educational opportunities and support to district and school leaders, teachers and other stakeholders so that all students, including our historically underserved students, are served well and are successful.

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SDCOE is focused on accelerating, scaling, and amplifying the number and speed of innovations from the County Office. Together with county, district, and school leaders, students, community members, and industry leaders, we can transform ideas into impactful, innovative solutions to accelerate student achievement and the local economy.

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Instructional Materials

The San Diego Learning Resource Display Center (LRDC) serves as a regional preview center for K-8 instructional materials adopted by the State Board of Education. The LRDC is a resource for pre-service teachers, educators, business partners, and community members by providing a central location for the preview of K-8 instructional materials adopted by the SBE, serving as a review site, and more.

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Library Media Services

SDCOE offers leadership, support, and information to educators and staff in school districts countywide. The County Office also provides instructional resources to schools and colleges through contracting services.

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Multilingual Education and Global Achievement

The potential of our students who are learning a new language is limitless. It’s up to district and school leaders, teachers, and counselors, to provide equitable access to the opportunities and supports each student needs to succeed in school and in college and career.

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Outdoor Education Outreach

For almost 75 years, SDCOE has provided hands-on learning opportunities and programs to bring real-life science action research and activities to children and teachers throughout the region. STEM concepts are the foundation of our curriculum, which is designed to take full advantage of the Next Generation Science Standards.

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P-3 Alignment

An estimated 90% of brain growth happens before kindergarten. That’s one reason why the state is providing support to expand transitional kindergarten to include all 4-year-olds and strengthen the program coherence between prekindergarten to 3rd grade, known as P-3 alignment.

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Professional Networks

Professional networks present many benefits: sharing of knowledge and effective practices with regional leaders, opportunities to get feedback or seek solutions for specific issues, and collegial communication focused on a common purpose.

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Program Evaluation

SDCOE helps districts know what's working, make informed decisions using evidence, drive real and sustained improvement, and communicate the results and learning to all involved. The evaluation process is a journey, and to support you on your way, SDCOE offers professional learning, coaching, and customized technical assistance.

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School leadership

SDCOE offers a continuum of professional development services and programs for school leaders that provide an interrelated, cohesive set of developmental learning experiences designed to build capacity with new and experienced administrators, as well as prepare prospective school principals for the challenges of school leadership.

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State and Federal Programs

Browse state and federal program information, including Title I, the Every Student Succeeds Act, Uniform Complaint Procedures, the Williams Settlement, and more.

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Universal Design for Learning

Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people, and aims to change the design of the environment rather than to change the learner. SDCOE has resources to help schools incorporate UDL into their work.

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