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Elementary Education

Welcome to Elementary Education in San Lorenzo Unified School District!

The Office of Elementary Education plans and oversees curriculum development, professional development and student achievement at the elementary schools in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. It is our goal to provide the highest level of education to all students in the district in an effort to close the achievement gap and extend learning opportunities to all students.

Equity in the San Lorenzo Unified School district is acknowledging historical biases and changing the way they are addressed in terms of closing the achievement gap. We define our approach to the work of equity as providing for each student the academic, emotional and social supports needed to increase the achievement of underperforming subgroups at an accelerated rate while additionally increasing overall student performance.

Recent projects in elementary education include:

  • In-depth training for all principals and elementary teachers regarding educational equity, racial bias and its impact on student achievement, and leading schools with an equity lens. Further professional development on culturally responsive curriculum will take place during the 2018-19 school year. Our recent declaration of Anti-Bias Education speaks to our commitment to improving the conditions students find themselves in at our Elementary Schools. Click here to see the document: Critical Practices from Anti Bias Framework.pdf
  • Building our preschool program to include PreK-3rd grade articulation at all elementary school sites; during the Summer of 2018, we held a Summer Bridge camp for PreK-2 students, and all elementary schools have preschool programs during the school year. All elementary school sites are also be participating in the Sobrato Early Academic Literacy (SEAL) program, which is a comprehensive approach PreK-3, with a focus on language development.
  • Professional development on engaging classroom instruction, our Balanced Literacy program, and learning more about the Common Core State Standards in Science and Math.
  • Implementation of standards-based instruction in all subject areas and monitoring of classroom practices.
 

Employee Directory

DeBarger, Barbara (510) 317-4700 Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services
Donaldson, Kay (510) 317-4712 Administrative Assistant

Meet Our Elementary Instructional Coaches!

* Claire Colt--Elementary Site Support-- Bay, Dayton, Grant -- ccolt@slzusd.org

* Fleur McJilton--Elementary Site Support--Colonial Acres, Del Rey, Lorenzo Manor -- fmcjilton@slzusd.org

* Brydie Kiuchi--Elementary Site Support--Corvallis, Colonial Acres, Hillside -- bkiuchi@slzusd.org

* Michelle Bonnin-- Elementary Site Support--Hesperian/SEAL Program Coach -- mbonnin@slzusd.org

* Ines Trinh-- NGSS Coach -- itrinh@slzusd.org

Professional Development Opportunities

Professional Development plans for the 2018-19 school year include:

  • Training and support for all administrators and staff in our Equity Mission initiatives, including Restorative Practices.
  • Improvement of collaboration and teamwork and creating inclusive communities
  • Training and support in implementation of Common Core English Language Arts, ELD and Math standards and the Next Generation Science Standards, including after school training opportunities.
  • Continued work on Mathematics professional development for teachers, with a focus on identifying new math curriculum materials.
  • Continued coaching and follow up support for all elementary staff on programs for English Learner students. Providing opportunities for improving English Language Acquisition is key to both staff development and student learning. Our Coordinator of English Learner Programs has organized an extensive professional development program for teachers using SEAL Strategies and EL Achieve, to enrich the curriculum and delivery of English Language Development.
  • Maintenance coaching and training for all PreK-3 teachers  in the SEAL model (Sobrato Early Academic Language) of early language acquisition.
  • Training on Universal Design for Learning--a way to responsively design lessons to meet the needs of all students
  • Continued analysis of the effectiveness of our  COST/RTI-Response to intervention program, which has been established at each school. This three-tiered approach to intervention is intended to provide research-based instructional practices based on learner needs. The key to RTI is early intervention and ongoing progress monitoring. These focus areas address key needs elementary schools have in dealing with equity issues and improving student learning. We are pleased to announce that our student assessment data shows a marked decrease in students needing intervention services as a result of our focus in this area.
  • Continued focus on classroom equity practices designed to increase student engagement
  • Research based instructional strategies
SELECTION OF CURRICULUM-BASED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS