Professional Development Day

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

All ECE Staff Professional Development

Date: January 3rd, 2023

Time: 8:00am-12pm

Location: Online (Zoom)

Audience: Early Childhood Education

Facilitator: Drew Giles

Registration: No registration required


  • 8:00-8:15 - Welcome, connector, updates

  • 8:15-9:15 - Curriculum PD based on role/program

  • Creative Curriculum breakout - Lead Teachers

  • Creative Curriculum breakout - IAs

  • School-age breakout

  • SPED teachers breakout

  • 9:15-10:00 Workshops Session A

  • 10:00-10:15 Break

  • 10:15-11:00 Workshops Session B

  • 11:00-11:30 All-staff Keynote"

This is a required PD for all ECE lead teachers and instructional assistants. Zoom link will be provided to all ECE staff. No registration necessary.

Dive into Designated ELD (K-5)

Date: January 3rd, 2023

Time: 8:30am-3:30pm

Location: MetWest/La Escuelita campus

Audience: K-5 teachers who use the EL Education ELA curriculum. TSAs, principals, resource specialists, and other instructional support staff are encouraged to attend.

Facilitator: Katia Dunkel, Michael Ray, Abel Guzman, Jessica Jung

Session Admin: Marilu Boytes


  • Before 12/2: Principals pre-register using this form

  • After 12/2, teacher can enroll on Frontline (make sure that you are logged into your OUSD account on your browser)


This one-day session gives an overview of the Designated ELD lessons developed by OUSD teachers for OUSD teachers. By the end of the day, teachers will be prepared to facilitate powerful language learning grounded in the texts and tasks of the ElEd curriculum. Specifically, they will : -deepen understanding of the essential components of quality ELD; -review the CA ELD standards and ELA/ELD framework; -engage in planning sessions to prepare for effective use of the OUSD developed curriculum.

Stay tuned for PD opportunities on designated ELD for teachers who use Benchmark Adelante / Advance. This PD is specifically for teachers who use El Education.

Healthy Oakland Kids & Teens: Skills for Teaching Effective Puberty & Sex Ed (grades 5, 6-8, 9)

Date: January 3rd, 2023

Time: 9:00am-3:30pm

Location: Santa Fe School Building, 915 54th St, Oakland

Audience: 5th Grade GenEd & SDC teachers, 6-8 Science Teachers & SDC teachers, 9th ELA, Bio and SDC teachers

Facilitator: Katie Kelly-Hankin (TSA, Sexual Health Education) & Evan Fortin (TSA, Health Education)

Registration: Enroll on Frontline (make sure that you are logged into your OUSD account on your browser)


Each year, OUSD students receive Puberty Health Education and Comprehensive Sexual Health Education via the Healthy Oakland Kids and Healthy Oakland Teens curricula. In 5th grade, these lessons are taught by GenEd & SDC classroom teachers; in 6th-8th grades, the lessons are taught by Science & SDC teachers; in 9th grade they are taught by ELA, Biology and SDC teachers. All teachers who deliver these lessons must receive training in the content and skills necessary for effective puberty and sex ed instruction.

This PD is a chance for teachers to get trained for the first time, or to refresh their skills for teaching Puberty Health and Comprehensive Sex Ed using the Healthy Oakland Kids & Healthy Oakland Teens curriculum. If you've never taught the curriculum before, you can use this PD as an opportunity to get fully trained for the first time. If you missed a previous PD earlier this year you can attend this PD as a make-up session. If you've taught the curriculum in the past, but would like a refresher on your skills, you can join us as well!

Lunch will be provided, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Please bring a computer and charger.

Racial Justice Equity and Healing Intensive (6-12)

Date: January 3rd, 2023

Time: Half day after 12:30pm-3:45pm

Location: Zoom

Audience: 6-12 teachers; open to classified, support staff

Facilitator: Office of Equity

Session admin: Raquel Jimenez

Registration: Link


As we continue to build our Community Schools site plans, strengthen meaningful School Site Council representation, and build partnerships to transform culture and advance achievement of students furthest from opportunity in our schools, we invite educators to listen and learn together with students, families and community members. This half day intensive is designed to challenge our internalized ableism, adultism, racism, and classism that dismisses voices who should be at the center of our campus decision-making.

Half Day, virtual, after 12pm.

Schools are encouraged to register together.

Please register here to receive more details & workshop:

Middle School Science Curriculum Training

Date: January 3rd, 2023

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: Details in description

Audience: 6-8 Science Teachers

Facilitator: Herberta Zulueta

Registration: Enroll on Frontline (make sure that you are logged into your OUSD account on your browser)


This PD will be in person at the SMART Center on the 2nd floor of the warehouse, located at 900 High Street, Oakland Ca 94601.

The PD focus is on:

- Finding and becoming familiar with the instructional materials in the curriculum.

- Unpack focal standards for the current unit.

- Refine current unit and lesson plans."

Secondary Math: Let's Energize About the Way We Synthesize!

Date: January 3rd, 2023

Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

Location: TBD

Audience: 6-12 Math Teachers and Coaches, including Newcomer and SPED

Facilitator: Courtney Ortega

Registration: Enroll on Frontline (make sure that you are logged into your OUSD account on your browser)


Have you ever had a lesson that was going amazing, and then the bell rang? You were probably left wondering if kids knew what the mathematical point was. Let’s explore ways to synthesize a lesson in ways that keeps student thinking at the center, whether you have 10 minutes, 5 minutes, or 1 minute left in class.

Designing Learning Experiences with Newsela (4th-5th)

Date: January 3rd, 2023

Time: 9:30am-11:00am

Location: Zoom

Audience: 4th & 5th Grade Teachers

Facilitator: Marie Smith

Session admins: Leah Aguilera, Vonzele Reed

Registration: Enroll on Frontline (make sure that you are logged into your OUSD account on your browser)


Examine instructional practices for leveraging multiple levels of a text to support student learning around a common lesson goal. Review and implement best practices for designing digital assignments that support academic engagement.

Secondary Language and Literacy Collaboration

Date: January 3rd, 2023

Time: 9-12 pm

Location: Oakland Technical High School

Audience: All secondary teachers who teach text- History, ELD, ELA, Science, SPED

Facilitators: Vonzele Reed, Holly Darling, Michelle Espino, Amy Stauffer, Jeanne Bruland, Sonia Hansra

Registration: Enroll on Frontline (make sure that you are logged into your OUSD account on your browser)


Engage in Texts that are timely and relevant in the next month of your own class content! Participants will come away with immediately implementable reading complex text and strategies about language production!

  • Language and Literacy

  • Before During After Framework

  • Relevant to any content teachers

  • Teachers: leave with food and friendships

Bring text that you plan to teach, also bring your best text and strategy

Simple best practice shares/ link in ideas and share content

Orff Schulwerk Level 1 with James Harding

Date: January 3rd, 2023

Time: 8:30am-3:30pm

Location: International Community School/Think College Now music room

Audience: Elementary Music and Dance teachers

Facilitators: James Harding

Registration: Enroll on Frontline (make sure that you are logged into your OUSD account on your browser)


This session is partial fulfillment of the hours needed to complete an Orff Schulwerk Level 1 certificate. Teachers will experience the joy and creativity of the Orff approach, with the goal of using it in their teaching.

Creative Project-Based Learning Planning

Date: January 3rd, 2023

Time: 8:30am-12:00pm

Location: Room 23 (Ms. Leal's classroom) Skyline High School

Audience: Teachers at all grade levels (special emphasis on the arts)

Facilitators: James (Jamie) Treacy

Registration: Enroll on Frontline (make sure that you are logged into your OUSD account on your browser)


Are you thinking about planning a creative project for your students that culminates in sharing it with a public audience? Using the OUSD Project-Based Learning (PBL) Framework, this workshop will begin with looking at a few sample PBL projects that are already in motion and exploring the elements of high-quality projects. Teachers will have the bulk of the workshop session (2 hours) to develop curriculum in community (or on their own if they wish). We will use a peer critique and revision process to help refine your projects. This workshop is open to CTE AME, Fashion, VAPA and any other teacher looking to design a creative project for their students.

The afternoon (1:00 to 3:30pm) is available for teachers who would like to have in person or virtual coaching from Jamie to workshop ideas and fine-tune plans. Teachers can remain at Skyline, or return to their own classroom.