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Instructional Quality and Professional Development

The Educational Services department operates a wide variety of opportunities and activities that focus on improving the quality of education in Tuolumne County in local school districts. The focus is on the classroom teacher and students in order to optimize and improve educational opportunities for all. Responsibilities to the districts include:

  • Provide curriculum consultant services to school districts under 901 ADA
  • Coordinate professional development for certificated and classified staff members
  • Facilitate articulation and linkages among K-14 schools and districts
  • Support mechanisms for inter-agency and community-wide collaboration
  • Make connections to regional and statewide curriculum resources

Contact Diana Harford, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services, for more information., 209.536.2074

Professional Development Opportunities

Each school in Tuolumne County formed a Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) implementation team.  These teams will receive NGSS training and will work with teachers at their schools to implement the new standards. These teacher leaders will also plan and develop an NGSS implementation plan for their school.

K-2 NGSS Implementation Team members register here   K-2 Registration

3-5 NGSS Implementation Team members register here   3-5 Registration

6-8 NGSS Implementation Team members register here  6-8 Registration

The Delta Sierra Science Collaborative includes teacher representatives from Tuolumne County (Bi Oak Flat Groveland, Columbia Elementary, Summerville Elementary, Summerville High School, and TCSOS ), Calaveras, Amador and Stanislaus Counties. Teachers are immersed in professional development activities that are then disseminated across the multi-county region. For more information, contact Cathy Parker at




The lead writers of the ELA/ELD Framework – Pam Spycher, Hallie Yopp Slowik, and Nancy Brynelson – share important understandings in the framework, including instructional strategies that support the goals of the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy and the CA ELD Standards. (Presented on September 17, 2014.) Webinar


Planning Tools

Sample Units

Sample Modules


PowerPoint- Introduction to CCSS Math – Math Common Core Introduction.ppt

Math Standards Update – 1/16/2013 – Math Standards Updated 1_16_2013.doc

Appendix A CCSS Math – Mathematics Appendix A.pdf

CaMSP Site for Math Resources:
Inside Mathematics:
Utah Core Standards Website:
Brokers of Expertise:
Illustrative Mathematics – Illustrative Mathematics Website:  Tasks sorted by K-8 and High School
Common Core Connect – TCOE (K-12):
MAISA (Michigan) – K-12:
Stanislaus – Curriculum Mapping Resources:
MARS – MAPS Project – Middle / High School:
Mathematics Vision Project – Middle / High School:
Assessing Mathematical Understanding – Assessment Items for K, 1, 2: