SUHSD PD Activities 2017-2018

Cohorts, EL Achieve and PD Academy

Common Core Curricular Cohorts, EL Achieve PD, and PD Academy

The Sequoia District Professional Development Department is offering a variety of collaborative and leadership opportunities for professional growth. Click on the application at the end of the flyer to apply for any of these activities.

Common Core Curriculum Cohorts

  • Collaborate with colleagues on engaging instructional practices for students
  • Analyze data to find out how students are performing with specific curriculum and strategies
  • Work with colleagues on common core strategies and practices
  • Partner with other teachers in your subject area or interdisciplinary group
  • Observe other classrooms, sites, and practices to inspire your own teaching
  • Collaborate around common or new curricular units


  • Release time for observing peers
  • Professional development for any needs that arise
  • $1,200 stipend awarded in June after successful completion of activities during the year


  • Attend orientation (September-After school or 1/2 day release)
  • One team meeting per month at school site
  • Complete Cycle of Inquiry and Collect Student Work Samples
  • Present instructional question and findings at your school site, or in your subject area
  • Participate in the above activities throughout the year (up to 24 hours)

Cohort Orientation Dates (attend only 1)

  • September 25, 2017 4-6pm, OR
  • September 26, 2017 1-3pm (half day release)

EL Achieve

Through the EL Task Force, data analysis, and input from the Board, the district is aware of a vital need to provide more support for Long-Term English Learners in core content classes. EL Achieve offers an effective program that allows teachers with heterogeneous classes to integrate language support into content-area courses. EL Achieve provides support for teachers with strategies that integrate research-based instructional practices with highly effective language supports. The five- day institute includes PD on language functions, resources and strategies, and provides time for teachers to plan and analyze student work. This year, 18 teachers completed the series and thought it was extremely relevant!

What is offered for teachers:

A five-day PD series for teachers to learn about language functions and how to integrate language strategies into core classes (English, math, social studies, and science). Participants will implement strategies after the initial two-day PD and bring back student work to analyze.


Teachers of CORE (English, math, science, social studies), or co-teachers in content-area courses who want to implement more language strategies for EL students in their mainstream classes (especially Long Term English Learners).

Dates for DISTRICT Cohort (if you are interested in the Sequoia HS cohort, please contact Sean Priest. Some dates will overlap):

August 9, 2017 (Compensated- prior to school starting)

August 10, 2017 (Compensated-prior to school starting)

Release Days:

September 19, 2017

October 25, 2017

November 30, 2017

You can find more information on EL Achieve and their pedagogical approach here.

PD Academy

Have you attended a conference and want to share what you learned but are not sure how to do so effectively? Have you presented to teachers before but would relish the opportunity to grow and strengthen your skills? Have others encouraged you to take on a leadership role and present instructional ideas pertaining to strategies, English Learners, technology, or Common Core?

This Academy is for you! Just as it takes some skill and practice to teach students, it takes skill to offer meaningful, relevant professional development. The Professional Development Academy is a district opportunity to improve in skills pertaining to planning, organizing, and leading professional development for teachers. Teachers who wish to present material to groups of teachers, subject or grade level teams, articulation with other grade levels, etc. will benefit. Whether you have presented many times or have never had the opportunity, we welcome you to attend this series.


  • Teachers with at least three years of experience
  • Teachers who are in some type of leadership role or interested in one (Site leadership, Common Core, Work with a Student Teacher, Admin. Program, technology, etc.)

What is offered for teachers:

Three sessions with concepts from Adult Learning Theory, interactive strategies for PD, best practices for organizing and presenting, and how to structure and sequence PD for maximum effect. Participants have the opportunity to present material and receive feedback from peers, culminating in an opportunity to present to a real group (site team, district PD, etc.) and receive feedback from PD staff.


Three Wednesdays: 4:15-6:45- September 20, October 18, and November 29 plus one session to present some PD and receive feedback- dates TBD with presenters


Sign up using the Google form linked here if you are interested.

Email Jennie Tomasino at for questions