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Academics Through Agency



We are a department within the Leadership and Learning Division, that focuses on accelerating academics by integrating social and emotional learning.

Our work is about designing equitable learning conditions that develop and prepare independent learners’ social, emotional, and academic agency. We provide support around Quality Learning Interactions and Quality Teaching Practices in order to integrate social, emotional, and academic learning, which will help accelerate student progress and close learning gaps by providing strategies teachers can use. Quality Learning Interactions and Quality Teaching Practices are research-based practices that highly affect student achievement and implementation of the QLIs and QTPs is essential to addressing learning loss and accelerating student progress. We will continue to focus on classroom community and safe, collaborative, and inclusive classroom cultures in order to best address barriers to learning and enhance learning supports in every classroom.



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During the 2020-2021 school year, San Diego Unified School District piloted a *micro-credential* program for educators. We began with a cohort exploring the Quality Learning Interaction: Welcoming and the Quality Teaching Practice: Clarity of Purpose.

In Fall 2021, we are thrilled to continue our micro-credential offerings by adding the Quality Learning Interaction: Connecting and the Quality Teaching Practice: Focus on Mastery. We are looking for educators interested in refining their practice in one of these areas by engaging in approximately 15 hours of asynchronous or hybrid professional learning. Courses will run October-December 2021. Why participate? This is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to life-long learning while earning resume worthy micro-credentials that capture growing competencies/skills with the opportunity to earn a Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Academics Through Agency will be offering four different micro-credentials this Fall with the intention to continue adding offerings in the Spring.

Quality Learning Interaction: Welcoming

Quality Learning Interaction: Connecting

Quality Teaching Practice: Clarity of Purpose

Quality Teaching Practice: Focus on Mastery

Take just one semester of learning, or continue to participate in micro-credentials in the future that can ultimately lead to a certification. Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding about the interaction or teaching practice and put it into practice with students, as well as reflect on their learning and plan for next steps. To learn more about the benefits and to complete the interest form by September 17, 2021. Please visit the catalog below.



Our Team

Contact us at:

[email protected]
4100 Normal Street, Room 2011
San Diego, CA 92103

Jen Carpenter, Director [email protected]
Jeralyn Johnson, Instructional Coordinator [email protected]
Dr. Dulcinea Hearn, Instructional Coordinator [email protected]
Esther Brown, Instructional Coordinator [email protected]