October Trailhead, newsletter for SUHSD Teacher Induction

Dear Colleague,

Please click here to peruse the October edition of Trailhead, the newsletter for SUHSD Teacher Induction.  Inside you will find data on program participants, evidence of purposeful planning and examples of how to implement ELD standards.  You will also find links to professional development materials, updated SUHSD Teacher Induction calendar of events and links to all previous newsletters.



Katrine Czajkowski, Ph.D.


Program Manager, Teacher Induction

Leadership Development and Systems Innovation

Sweetwater Union High School District

(619) 407-4995


Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred.




Climate Conversations: Cross-Curricular Connections (from Sylvia McBride, CPH)


I just wanted to share this link with you: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-conversations-cross-curricular-connections-tickets-37397962312

I’m sending this to you because you either teach a social science or science class, and/or you might know someone else that will benefit from the teacher resources shared. Or maybe you want to check out the OVEE online platform?

I am participating in a national online panel on climate change through PBS education. The reason why I wanted to share this with you is because it’s all online, free, and there will be some clips from the sequel to Inconvenient Truth (“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”) and “The Island President”  shown to the audience. Plus there will be discussion on how teachers handle controversial topics like this one especially in our current political environment.

The presentation/panel is directed towards teachers (especially Social Science and Science teachers) and there always are A LOT of awesome resources that are shared by other teachers around the country that might be helpful in the future. Some of you tagged on this email are so awesome about sharing resources that I wanted to provide at least one back!

The event starts at 4pm on Tuesday and lasts about 1 hour. Hope you can participate and thanks for taking the time to read this looooooong email from me. 🙂

Sylvia McBride

World Geography Teacher

CPH Social Science Curriculum Specialist and Dept. Chair

National Geographic Certified Educator

Twitter: @geomcbride2016



Free Stanford GSE online courses! Topics include SSI, Language Development in Math and Leadership

Free Online Professional Development Courses Through the Stanford Graduate School of Education this Fall

Starting October 3, Understanding Language at the Stanford Graduate School of Education will offer three online professional development courses sponsored by the Gates Foundation and S.H. Cowell Foundation to impact instructional practice, programs, and policy in order to create more meaningful learning experiences for language learners. There are two strands available for participants – one focused on instruction and the other on leadership. The courses on instruction are Constructive Classroom Conversations: Improving Student-to-Student Interactions and Integrating Language Development and Content Learning in Math: Focus on Reasoning. The leadership course is California Leadership for English Learner Success. To register or for more information, go to http://ell.stanford.edu/courses or download the informational flyer at http://ell.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/Fall2017_UL_onlinePD_flyer_webquality_v2.pdf.


2017 Guide Teacher Orientation: 8/31/17 (4-5 p.m.) in PDC

Are you an experienced teacher interested in serving as an SUHSD Guide Teacher supporting pre-service Student Teachers from universities throughout our region?

See here for information on the process SUHSD will use to identify and support Guide Teachers.

Interested applicants must complete and submit a simple Google Form, obtain a Principal Recommendation and attend a one-hour orientation meeting (August 31, 2017 from 4-5 p.m. in the PDC).

Contact Katrine Czajkowski, Program Manager for Induction, with questions.


LeadLearn 2016: CA Subject-Matter Projects Event


October 4-5, 2016

UCLA Luskin Conference Center


A multi-disciplinary forum for K-12 educators to engage in professional learning and collaborative 

leadership focused on student learning and literacy

Presented by the CA Subject Matter Project

• Registration deadline is September 15, 2016 •

We know that CSMP-informed teachers focus on equity and excellence, college and career readiness, and engagement and participation for all of their students. The CA Writing Project wants every student across California to learn with and from just as many skilled, experienced, dedicated teachers, those who are also passionate teacher leaders with one or more of the California Subject Matter Projects. We are inviting and encouraging you to urge your school or district leaders to participate in CSMP’s LeadLearn2016 Forum!

LeadLearn2016 will also introduce many teachers and administrators to CSMP as a leadership development community, one you know well because you have open access to and support from your local Writing Project, your professional home for the lifetime of your career as an educator. LeadLearn2016 is an opportunity to help administrators and teachers see what is possible for students if CSMP teacher leaders are the critical mass at a school or in a district.

There is plenty of state funding to support professional learning and leadership development that is allocated directly through block grants to schools/districts. Part of what LeadLearn2016 will focus on is how teachers, schools, and districts can make effective use of this funding to support teachers across disciplines, across courses, across languages, across ability and disability so that everyone can share responsibility for improving teaching and learning (and writing, of course).

Attached you will find a support letter from Tom Torlakson, California State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Also attached is an info-flyer about the forum. The only missing but important detail on the flyer is that meals are included in the registration cost. Additional program, location, and lodging information can be found here: (http://www.leadlearn2016.com/agenda/)

We hope that you will tap in to available funding to participate in LeadLearn2016 in October!@LeadLearn2016

SDAWP Leadership  Team

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Carol Schrammel, Program Manager


San Diego Area Writing Project

UC San Diego – CREATE


858-822-1839 (f)



SUHSD Guide Teacher Identification Process

Are you an experienced teacher interested in serving as an SUHSD Guide Teacher supporting pre-service Student Teachers from universities throughout our region?

See here for information on the process SUHSD will use to identify and support Guide Teachers.

Interested applicants must complete and submit a simple Google Form, obtain a Principal Recommendation and attend a one-hour orientation meeting (August 4, 2016, from 4-5 p.m. in the PDC).

Contact Katrine Czajkowski, Program Manager for Induction, with questions.

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Apply to Participate in New Informal Math PD! Accepted participants will earn a stipend.

The Informal Mathematics Collaborative Summer Professional Development Program invites you to attend a professional development program, open to any formal or informal educator who is interested in engaging learners with mathematics in new and creative ways.

This 3-day summer workshop will be hosted in San Diego’s Balboa Park by the Informal Mathematics Collaborative, a unique partnership of art and science museums.

Through hands-on activities at three different museums, participants will have the opportunity to:

– Investigate diverse mathematical topics through making, tinkering, and artistic creation

– Explore connections between mathematics and the arts

– Develop strategies for incorporating mathematics into existing offerings

– Gain insight into how museum resources can support mathematics learning

LEARN MORE AT www.informalmathematics.org/SummerPD

See the InfoMath flyer here.


2016 SMART Conference links SUHSD to SWCC

You are invited to attend the Science and Math Articulation (SMART) Conference on May 19th at Otay Ranch High School!  You will have the opportunity to spend the evening (4:30 to 8:00 pm) collaborating with staff from Southwestern College and SUHSD to develop a closer alignment among educational segments for math and science.  Dinner will be provided!

·        Essential Question:

·        “What are we doing, and what can we do to better support students as they transition to higher education?”

·        Southwestern College Session Topics:

·        SWCC Placement and Course Sequence

·        Engineering Science Partnership (ESP) and Grants

·        SUHSD Session Topics:

·        San Diego Math Project – Math Talk: Discourse in Math Classes

·        CPM guiding principles and SUHSD Math Course Sequence

·        Integrating Computing and Robotics into the Core Math Curriculum

·        Next Generation Science Standards: The Future of Science

·        SUHSD/SWCC articulation meeting:

·        Meet with the math and science  at Southwestern College who are teaching the courses equivalent to yours!

Come out to share your expertise and learn from dedicated educators in our school district and Southwestern College.  Dinner will be served and participants will be paid extra duty.  Click HERE to register today!


Esmeralda Orozco, M.Ed.

SUHSD Math Curriculum Specialist

SUHI Integrated Math III Teacher

SUHI Class of 1989

Sweetwater High School, SUHSD

Room 212   619-474-9700 ext 38212



18th Annual Biliteracy Symposium

Honoring the Dedicated Individuals who Promote the Gift of Biliteracy

The Leadership in Biliteracy Symposium is an awards celebration held each year in May to acknowledge the individuals who have made significant contributions in promoting biliteracy for our students.  This elegant and educational event honors district and community leaders, promotes biliteracy as an educational asset, and celebrates the achievements of the community. 

18th Annual Biliteracy Symposium 

Thursday, May 12

4 to 6:30 p.m.

La Jolla Marriott Hotel

Register by April 29

Nominate a Biliteracy Leader