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Content Area Support Provided by the Curriculum and Instruction Team

Our content specialists are here to support all schools and districts in Santa Cruz County in the following areas.

Debi Bodenheimer
Debi Bodenheimer​
Associate Superintendent
Educational Services
(831) 466-5890
Crystal Alexander-Frutschi
Executive Assistant
(831) 466-5800
Laurie Stewart
Administrative Assistant
831.466.5802

English Lanugage Arts

The Santa Cruz COE supports the school districts in the county with Readers and Writers Workshop training and facilitation. While we do not have an English Language Arts Coordinator, we can offer trainings needed by districts, including early literacy, guided reading, writing strategies and more. We also offer a free college essay application writing service to all high school students every fall. In order to support districts with the CAASPP ELA assessment, we offer trainings in formative and summative assessments throughout the year.

Contact Information

Sofia Sorensen, English Language Development Coordinator
(831) 466-5807 | Email

Ethnic Studies

The Santa Cruz COE will be partnering with a team of Ethnic Studies experts to deliver multiple learning and support opportunities for educators in Santa Cruz County during the 2021-2022 school year. This work is headed by Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Professor at SFSU. We will be sponsoring a countywide Community of Practice for teachers interested in learning about Ethnic Studies, it’s relevance and the research. There will also be a five session Lecture Series. Content will be developed in conjunction with the Liberated Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Institute (LESMC) and will include lesson planning examples and ideas.

  • Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • African American Studies
  • Chicanx/Latinx Studies
  • Native American Studies
  • Asian American Studies

Contact Information

Cristine Chopra, Director, Santa Cruz County College Commitment
Phone | Email

Visual and Performing Arts

The Santa Cruz COE values the Visual and Performing Arts and the education of the whole child. The Arts Coordinator for the Santa Cruz COE focuses on issues of equity and access to the Arts as well as the great importance of the Arts on social and emotional learning. Working with many local and state-wide Arts organizations in addition to our districts, she collaborates to bring high quality, systemic, standards-based Arts residencies and programs to our students. The Santa Cruz COE Arts Coordinator also leads three different communities of practice to bring practitioners together in the areas of Visual Arts, Music and Theater Arts.

Contact Information

Audrey Sirota, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator
(831) 466-5827 | Email

Multilingual Education

At the Santa Cruz COE, the Multilingual Coordinator supports districts and schools to strengthen programs and services for students to develop proficiency in multiple languages. She serves as the county’s representative at the statewide Bilingual Coordinators Network and is responsible for disseminating information on state policy for English learners. She facilitates the Instructional Coach Network and Communities of Practice to support EL RISE for Elementary ELD, Dual Language Programs, and Secondary ELD. She also started and coordinates the county’s Language Ambassadors student recognition program to promote and celebrate multilingualism as an asset for all students. She is passionate about students developing their abilities to advocate for themselves and their communities. She appreciates opportunities to partner with schools and districts to develop ongoing professional learning opportunities for teachers in pursuit of this goal. She provides training in Designated ELD, dual language programs, Spanish language arts and collaborates with her content area colleagues to provide Integrated ELD training.

Contact Information

Sofia Sorensen, English Language Development Coordinator
(831) 466-5807 | Email

Environmental Literacy

The Santa Cruz COE is committed to supporting teachers, administrators and community partners to build the environmental literacy of all students in our community. Connecting learning to the local environment inspires students to develop the vision, skills, and motivation to create healthy communities and a healthy planet. We offer environmental education programs, resources, and professional learning experiences that help districts to use environmental themes—natural systems, climate, sustainability—to engage students in real-world, relevant studies that develop strong science, language, and math skills and prepare students for civic engagement and career paths. Resources include:

  • Santa Cruz County Environmental Programs Hub
  • Outdoor Science School
  • Science Outside Program
  • Teacher Networks for Science and Environmental Literacy and for History and Environmental Literacy in partnership with UC Santa Cruz History and Civics Project
  • Customized professional learning programs, including sustainable school planning, nature connection for social-emotional learning, NGSS-based outdoor science, nature journaling, and outdoor teaching.

We are increasing access to impactful environment-based learning for all K-12 students!

As a partner in the California Environmental Literacy Initiative, Santa Cruz COE maintains a Community-Based Partner Hub that promotes environmental literacy by building educator awareness of community-based partners (CBP) and their products and services and fosters educator-CBP relationships for increased student enrichment and engagement. The goals of the Hub are to increase the visibility and access to environmental education community-based partners and be a reliable central repository for districts, schools, and teachers to identify programs that align with their local needs and meet educational standards.

Visit Partner Hub

Contact Information

Amity Sandage, Environmental Literacy Coordinator
(831) 466-5711 | Email

Mathematics

The Santa Cruz COE works with school districts and schools to support math instruction in many different ways. We have a partnership with the Silicon Valley Math Initiative (SVMI) and we offer professional development and support for teachers in powerful math instructional strategies. In addition, for the past two years, the COE has supported a Math NIC (Networked Improvement Community) to encourage collaboration, data analysis, and cycle of improvement work in schools. The math coordinator provides specialized professional development, assessment support, math walk-throughs and math programs/competitions for students.

Contact Information

Kevin Drinkard, Math Coordinator
(831) 466-5821 | Email

Science

The Santa Cruz COE supports science instruction that is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The science coordinator supports districts and teachers with the equitable implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards. The coordinator is also the director of the Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair which serves all students in the county who wish to participate in the Science Fair. The coordinator collaborates with the Region 5 lead on the statewide Science CISC Subcommittee. The science coordinator works in collaboration with the Environmental Literacy coordinator to support teachers in Outdoor Science Education, with professional development and resources.

Contact Information

To be determined
(831) 466-5727 | Email

History/Social Science

The Santa Cruz COE works in conjunction with different organizations to support teachers in History/Social Science. We support the work of the History Project at UC Davis, and Monterey COE History/Social Science initiatives. Although we do not have an official History/Social Science Coordinator, our Environmental Literacy coordinator does disseminate information about conferences, networks and professional development opportunities.

Contact Information

Amity Sandage, Environmental Literacy Coordinator
(831) 466-5711 | Email

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