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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.

CREATE's Professional Development Networks are dynamic learning communities for San Diego teachers.  



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 or San Diego Regional Director Sarah Peterson at

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 or Program Manager Carol Schrammel at

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. To discuss program offerings by SDSP, contact Director Kathryn Schulz at

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 or Program Coordinator Susan Millen at

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.

CREATE Professional Development Networks for Educators 

San Diego Math Network

The San Diego Math Network (SDMN) brings together regional K-14 educators and educational leaders to work to improve mathematics education for all students.

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Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is partnered with CREATE to meet the needs of San Diego's fast-growing computer science education community.

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The Office of Naval Research grant, "Creating, Scaling and Sustaining NGSS-Aligned, ONR-Informed Research in High School Science" (ONR REAL), linked 76 San Diego high school teachers with local ONR researchers to create 18 research-derived science lessons.

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Smart Tech Use for Equity

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

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UC San Diego Math Project

As of October, 2018: CREATE will head the new UC San Diego Math Project, one of 21 California Subject Matter Projects (CSMP) housed at university sites statewide. A website for the project will go live by the end of the year.

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CREATE Director Mica Pollock’s effort to share resources that can improve communications for equity in schools, districts, and education communities.

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