Teacher Professional Development

cropmath-institute-candids-7-2012--img_0863f-5x8.jpgA key part of CREATE's work is offering extensive professional development opportunities for practicing teachers. Our programs treat educators as equity designers; we help them increase subject matter expertise and pedagogical effectiveness as they serve the diverse student populations of San Diego County.



California Reading and Literature Project

The mission of the California Reading & Literature Project (CRLP) is to provide high-quality, standards-based professional development in reading and language instruction to help ensure that every California student PreK-12 achieves the highest standards of academic performance. Click here for current professional development offerings by the CRLP. To discuss program offerings by CRLP, contact Executive Director Deborah Costa-Hernandez at dcostahernandez@ucsd.edu or San Diego Regional Director Sarah Peterson at sgpeterson@ucsd.edu.

San Diego Area Writing Project

The San Diego Area Writing Project (SDAWP) is one of 16 sites of the California Writing Project network dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of writing. Since 1977, SDAWP has been dedicated to the improvement of writing for all students and to the vision that student writing can be improved by the teaching of writing. We believe that writing is critical to learning and a vital tool for communication and should occur regularly in all classrooms and across the curriculum. We provide a wide range of high-quality professional development opportunities for K-16 educators

The San Diego Area Writing Project also offers a variety of programs that encourage students to grow and build self-confidence in their writing abilities. Our summer Young Writers' Camp (YWC) programs range from creative writing to writing inspired by nature and photography to writing for college and career readiness and writing the college admission essay.  Click here for current professional development offerings. To discuss program offerings by SDAWP, contact Director Kim Douillard at teachr0602@aol.com or Program Manager Carol Schrammel at sdawp@ucsd.edu.

San Diego Science Project

The San Diego Science Project is our region's site of the statewide science teacher professional network of the California Science Project. The San Diego Science Project (SDSP) works closely with the San Diego County Office of Education, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and other informal education institutions to provide a variety of long term, targeted professional development for preK-16 teachers throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties. The teacher-driven professional development includes institutes, workshops, and school site support.  Click here for current professional development offerings by the SDSP. To discuss program offerings by SDSP, contact Director Kathryn Schulz at kschulz@ucsd.edu.

Math for America San Diego

Math for America San Diego (MfA SD) is a consortium of three public universities and five local school districts. The goal of the non-profit organization, housed in CREATE, is to improve the quality of mathematics teaching and learning in our region’s low-income and high-need secondary schools. To discuss program offerings by MfA SD, contact Ovie Soto, Interim Director at osoto@ucsd.edu or Program Coordinator Susan Millen at smillen@ucsd.edu.

New CREATE Professional Development Networks

Through grants secured in the CREATE STEM Success Initiative (CSSI), CREATE has launched new professional development networks serving the region’s educators. These include:

The San Diego Math Network, an effort to link the region’s math educators;

ONR-REAL, a network supporting science teachers to leverage San Diego and UC San Diego science into local classrooms;

CS-CaVE, an NSF-funded network working to increase computer science coursework in the region’s schools and districts.

Smart Tech Use for Equity (with the San Diego Area Writing Project), which engages teachers in testing the pros and cons of specific uses of technology in classrooms;

#schooltalking, CREATE Director Mica Pollock’s effort to share resources that can improve communications for equity in schools, districts, and education communities. Join the Facebook group for more discussion.


Department of Education Studies (partner)

CREATE also partners with UC San Diego's Department of Education Studies (EDS) to support San Diego educators. We support UC San Diego undergraduates to find and enroll in EDS service learning programs, courses, and credential pathways. Many EDS-trained educators have experienced CREATE-based professional development. Together, we are strengthening the network of educators in the San Diego region.