Teacher Leadership Book Study!

  • Are you a teacher interested in developing as a teacher leader?
  • Are you a teacher leader interested in collaborating with colleagues about enhancing your leadership without leaving the classroom?
  • Do you enjoy discussing professional readings with other teachers in order to impact your students’ learning or your team’s productivity?

  Come check out the SUHSD Teacher Leadership Book Study starting this Fall!


For Round One we will be reading and discussing The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity by George Couros


  • This book study is open to any teacher in the SUHSD.
  • There will be two meetings and teachers will be paid extra duty to participate.
  • The first meeting will be an orientation about the expectations of the Book Study.
  • If you RSVP to attend and commit to participate, you will receive a copy of the book.
  • Everyone who takes the book will be invited and encouraged to return for the second meeting, to discuss the book and how we can apply the principles from the book in our work here in the SUHSD.
  • Each meeting will be offered on two different days; teachers wishing to participate may come to either day, as long as they attend one meeting #1 and one meeting #2.


    • Meeting #1: 8/23 or 8/24 in the PDC
    • Meeting #2: 10/17 or 10/18 in the PDC


  • RSVP here so we will be expecting you!


The author will be hosting a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called IMMOOC in October


Last Day of School!

Dear SUHSD Learns Community,

Thank you for sharing your learning with us this year! The SUHSD Learns project was launched to celebrate the diverse ways in which we, the Sweetwater community, learn inside and outside of our classrooms, schools, and offices. We loved reading about how students, teachers, administrators, counselors, and Classified staff members learned this year.  The SUHSD Learns project has branched out to include a monthly district Twitter chat, using the hashtag #suhsdlearns. We will continue the monthly Twitter chat in July (taking June off for summer!) and we will be happy to continue the learning blog if there are participants interesting in sharing their learning.

Until then, we wish you a fun, relaxing, restful summer break that includes at least a little learning!



Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

UCSD and CSUSM Present an Open House for the UCSD/CSUSM Joint Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership

4:30-6:00 PM

Monday, June 5th

Southwestern College Library & Learning Resource Center

Building 620, Room L238N

Open to all


Day 161, Amy Illingworth

Did you know that there are over 250 SUHSD staff members on Twitter? Staff from all across the district are sharing learning and telling the Sweetwater story using the hashtag #suhsd. We even have a monthly district Twitter chat using the hashtag #suhsdlearns (named after this daily blog showcasing our community of learners!). Our next district Twitter chat will take place on Tuesday, May 9 from 7:00-8:00 PM.  The chat will be moderated by three staff members from our Equity and Culture department, Sonia, Mariana, and Molly. We will be chatting about creating a safe and healthy school environment.

If you’ve never participated in a Twitter chat, it’s easier than you think!  We have an entire page of Twitter resources available on the Professional Growth website here, but this is a mini Twitter chat tutorial:

  • You need a Twitter account.
  • It works best if you are on a computer, rather than a phone or ipad.
  • It works even better if you use Tweetdeck.com, which allows you to view multiple columns at once.
  • You type #suhsdlearns in the search box in Twitter or Tweetdeck and you will be in the right place!
  • Our chat follows a Q1/A1 format. That means you will see one person tweet out Question 1 (Q1) and anyone participating can respond with their first answer by including A1 and #suhsdlearns in their tweet.
  • Answer questions and chat (via tweets) with your fellow SUHSD colleagues throughout the hour.
  • Have fun learning!
  • Consider submitting a written or video blog about what you learned in the #suhsdlearns Twitter chat!




SUHSD Twitter Chat

Have you ever participated in a Twitter chat? It is a fun-filled hour where you can learn and share new ideas about education from the comfort of your own home.

The next SUHSD Twitter chat will take place on Tuesday, April 11 from 7:00-8:00 PM. To follow along and participate, please use the hashtag #suhsdlearns . We will be chatting about Digital Citizenship and our chat moderate will be Mari Venturino, a teacher from Mar Vista Academy (@MsVenturino).

For more information on Twitter chats, read here and here.


Day 101, Amy Illingworth

Have you noticed that your inbox has been missing the daily SUHSD Learns post? We need your contributions!  We know that each member of the Sweetwater community has learned something this year. Please take the time to share your learning with us all.


To contribute all you have to do is:

  • Write (hand write, type, email, or call us directly to type for you) a short description of what you learned *OR*
  • Record a short video where you talk about what you learned *OR*
  • Send in pictures with captions about what you or your students learned
  • Create an infographic of something you learned
  • Submit student work (as long as we have parent permission to post it) demonstrating learning

Blogs can be in list format, in video format, or in narrative.  Blogs can be created by one individual or by a team of people. We are open to all styles and appreciate hearing from a range of district students, staff and community members.

For questions or support, please contact Cynthia Acuna (cynthia.acuna@sweetwaterschools.org or 619-585-4431).


Dr. Amy Illingworth is the Director of Professional Growth. She loves reading about others’ learning experiences and looks forward to new community members contributing. 


Day 94, Xavier Balladarez

I see success as the measure of one’s impact on others. In order to be successful I set as a daily goal to make a difference in someone, whether that is as simple as smiling at that person or encouraging the individual to pursue a tertiary education. The reward of success does not come into appearance immediately but rather blooms in the future, when you see how your actions have become a crucial and influential component of the complex instrument to society that person has become. Teachers are a model of this, as they educate copious students, which become the leaders of our society and build a better community for future generations. In my opinion, there is no equivalent satisfaction than seeing a student progress and succeed.

In a mentor program at my school, where high school students educate middle and elementary school students in STEM and careers within the field, students are exposed to the experience of a teacher, where they get a sense of a teacher’s responsibilities and their love for education. This mutuality impassions the students to pursue higher education, have closer relationships with their teachers, and consider a career in education. Being more understanding of the role, the students admire the teachers for their outstanding efforts and ability to teach, creating respect and aspiration.

As the student board representative, I find as my responsibility to voice the opinions of all student with equity, leading me to live my life in the shoes of others. I listen to their concerns and ideas and discuss with the schools’ leaders to design a proposal that would allow for the betterment of the students’ educational experience: didactic, environmental, and socioemotional. A beauty of being the student board representative is being able to witness the complex structure of the district, composed of devout and dedicated individuals who work passionately to create a better future for the students and the community. In addition, to have the opportunity to make a district-wide contribution alongside the amazing district-staff generates happiness of ineffable magnitude, that which inspires me the same way I hope it inspires other students for them to follow this feeling.

Xaiver is a Junior at Southwest High School . He was the first sophomore to attempt AP physics, he currently is taking 5 AP classes and is in VEX Robotics and FIRST Robotics as well as serving as the student board representative. Xaiver is an active member of the ASB.


Professional Growth Update

To read the latest Professional Growth Update you can click here or here. This update includes:

  • SUHSD Learns
  • Taco Tuesday & Twitter Too
  • ObserveMe Challenge
  • Edcamp619 save the date
  • Google Certified Educator
  • and more!