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Professional Development Calendar

Professional Development and Training Opportunities

The Yolo County Office of Education provides a variety of professional development opportunities for schoolteachers, administrators, clerical staff, and residents of the County. Some are offered on a fee basis, others are free.
For more information on Professional Development contact Anabel Figueroa at (530) 668-3753

2015 Literacy Symposium Resources
Literacy by 3rd Grade - Ricardo Perez
Nutrition - Suzanne Falzone
Family Engagement - Rex Fortune
Summer Learning - Steve Olmos

Educator Externships
Educator externships are opportunities to spend time with professionals in non-educational careers through job shadowing or other partnership activities. These experiences are designed to offer teachers, counselors, and administrators insights into how we can connect our content with careers, thus giving new connections into how to make our instruction more relevant to students.

K-12 Leadership Development Series
Improving Student Achievement Through Observation and Teacher Feedback
Recent research and initiatives have brought renewed attention to the role of the principal in teacher development. There is little debate that traditional models of teacher supervision have not always been effective in supporting teacher learning. In this workshop, we explore professional teaching standards and the role of the principal in an effective supervision process. Participants practice lesson observations and coaching conversations through the use of video and role-playing. This is a three day program, with two initial days followed by a follow-up day in which participants will work with their own case studies and refine the skills and concepts developed during Days 1 and 2.
Intended Audience
This workshop is designed for new and experienced site administrators and other individuals who are responsible for teacher development and supervision.
Improving Student Achievement Through Supervision of Quality Instruction of English Language Learners
Participants review current research around programs and practices that meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELL’s). They explore the role of site administrators in supervising best practices in teaching ELL’s. Participants observe a variety of lessons and use new tools and techniques to deepen coaching and feedback skills.

Project IMPACT Teacher Intern Program
Yolo County Office of Education has partnered with San Joaquin County Office of Education’s Project IMPACT to provide teacher preparation locally. School Districts recognize that there are many talented individuals in Yolo County who might be interested in becoming teachers in their own community. This program is designed for them. Project IMPACT interns work full time as the classroom teacher of record while taking the required credential coursework over a two-year period. Credential classes are both practical and rigorous. IMPACT interns spend approximately 3 hours, two nights each week in class. There have been more than 450 teachers who have graduated from Project IMPACT during the 10 years it has been in operation. Their employers cite these graduates as being extremely well prepared teachers. Alternative certification programs such as IMPACT are designed to provide a route into teaching for candidates who would be better served by learning to teach while on the job. IMPACT candidates have multiple layers of support in this endeavor. Interns are assigned veteran teachers at their school as coaches, practicum supervisors observe and guide them in their teaching a minimum of twice each month, and faculty is comprised of current practitioners who also offer support within their coursework. Probably most significant though is the support they receive from one another in this unique program. Project IMPACT recruits prospective teachers from a wide variety of backgrounds. Most interns come to the program from other careers. New teachers have come from such diverse fields as criminal justice, the military, video animation, real estate, and computer programming, as well as from private school, substitute, and paraprofessional teaching ranks.
For more information call SJCOE at (209) 468-9116

SB 472 ELL: Hampton Brown – Edge
SB 472 reauthorized the Mathematics and Reading Professional Development Program, which provides incentive funding to districts to train teachers, instructional aides, and paraprofessionals in mathematics and reading. This training is focused on maximizing teacher effectiveness in teaching secondary ELL students using the Hampton Brown EDGE textbook for Reading, Writing, and Language Development.

Science Courses
The workshops will enrich your classroom by giving you new tools and ways to teach and think about science. The sessions are aligned with the California Science Content Standards and will be taught by university faculty or experienced Sacramento Area Science Project teacher leaders. Instructors will model effective science teaching strategies, providing you with a fun, hands-on, inquiry-based science experience. You will leave with a deeper understanding of science content along with lessons plans to use back in your classroom.
Updated workshops will be available soon. Contact:  Deborah Bruns at (530) 668-3781 or email

Service Learning          
Service learning is a powerful teaching and learning strategy for engaging students in active learning, developing higher-order critical thinking skills, and emphasizing the ethics of citizenship and active civic participation. Students participate in thoughtfully organized service that is integrated into and enhances the core academic curriculum. YCOE serves at the Regional Lead for the Capital Region Service Learning Network, offering professional development and networking opportunities for educators, youth leaders and community organizations. Service learning coaches are also available for follow-up training and technical assistance to districts, school sites, community organizations and individual educators.
Contact:  Deborah Bruns at (530) 668-3781 or email

Special Partnership Events      
These special events are sponsored by YCOE in partnership with a variety of community partners such as UC Davis School of Education, the CRESS Center, and Woodland Community College.
Contact:  Ronda Adams at (530) 668-3770 or email

Substitute Teacher Training      
This training is open to any teacher who substitutes in Yolo County school districts. This is not a series. You need only attend one day of training. Topics include proven classroom management skills, effective teaching strategies, special education, and other essential knowledge on issues for success and safety in the classroom. A certificate of completion will be awarded after the training. Some districts in Yolo County pay a $5.00 per day premium for substitute teachers who have completed this training. Seating is limited. Advanced registration and payment are required. Because of limited seating, materials, and meal planning, unregistered walk-ins cannot be accommodated.   
Contact: Deborah Bruns at (530) 668-3781 or email