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 SDCOE Maintains One-Stop Shop for Reviewing Materials

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. Suite C.