Welcome - Professional Learning and Curriculum Innovation

  • What We Do

    The Professional Learning and Innovation department oversees and supports the development of new courses, instructional materials adoptions, and professional learning. 

    Early Literacy Support Block Grant Program:

    Dyer Kelly - ELSB Grant LEA Annual Report

    ELSB Budget Quarter 1 Implementation

    ELSB Budget Quarter 2 Implementation

    ELSB Grant Period 4 - Planning Year - Signed

    ELBS Expenditures Signature Form - Signed Qtr. 3

    ELSB 2021-2022 Year To Date Expenditure Form - Qtr. 3

    Revised Literacy Action Plan Year 1

    ELSB Grant Annual Report Year 1



    SJUSD Instructional Materials Review

    This year, San Juan Unified School District is piloting instructional materials for possible adoption in several subject areas. Below, you will find information about all of the courses for which new materials are scheduled to be adopted. In addition, further down, you will find information about the options available to you to preview the materials and provide your input, including our Instructional Materials Open House on Oct. 11. You can also jump straight to the materials review information.

    Courses for which new materials will be adopted

    In English Language Arts, we are adopting instructional materials for the following courses: 

    • English 9-12

    • IB 11th Grade Literature

    • IB 12th Grade Literature

    • AP Language

    • AP Literature

    • ERWC 


    In History Social Science, we are adopting instructional materials for the following courses:

    • Economics

    • Ethnic Studies

    • IB History of the Americas


    In Science, we are adopting instructional materials for the following courses:

    • Physics of the Universe

    • Anatomy and Physiology


    In math, we are adopting instructional materials for the following courses:

    • Integrated Math 1, 2, 3

    • Elementary Statistics

    • Pre-Calculus

    • Calculus


    In World Languages, we are adopting instructional materials for the following courses:

    • French 1-4 

    • AP French Language and Culture

    • IB French

    For questions about Science and Health adoptions, please contact Paula Baucom, Program Specialist for Science and Heath (pbaucom@sanjuan.edu). For questions about the Spanish World Language adoption, please contact Nicole Naditz, Program Specialist for World Languages and Instructional Technology (nnaditz@sanjuan.edu). For questions about the Math adoption, please contact Elizabeth Julienne, Program Specialist for Math (eliabeth.julenne@sanjuan.edu). For questions about the English Language Arts (ELA) and History-Social Science (HSS) adoptions, please contact Heather Brandt, Program Specialist for ELA and HSS (heather.brandt@sanjuan.edu)


Staff Contacts

  • Nicole Kukral
    Professional Learning and Innovation
    (916) 979-8934

    Anne Clason
    (916) 979-8934

    Jayashree Gopalarathnam
    Intermediate Clerk Typist for
    Visual and Performing Arts
    (916) 979-8633

    Loretta Naas
    Intermediate Clerk Typist
    Professional Learning Center at Choices Charter
    (916) 979-8782

    Lisa Gold
    Fiscal Technician
    Professional Learning and Innovation
    (916) 979-8939

    Program Specialists

    Paula Baucom
    K-12 Science / Health
    (916) 979-8758

    Liz Julienne
    K-12 Mathematics
    (916) 979-8959

    Heather Brandt 
    K-12 English Language Arts and
    Social Science
    (916) 971-7064 

    Michael Dittmer
    K-12 Visual and Performing Arts
    (916) 979-8641     

    Nicole Naditz
    Instructional Technology
    (916 ) 971-8371



    Sheila Bane
    (916) 979-8931
    Lead PE Teacher
    Instructional Technology and Math
    (916) 979-8907
    English Language Development (ELD) K-8
    (916) 979-8935
    K-12 Science
    (916) 979-8817
    Dan DeJager
    John Friedrich
    (916) 979-8903
    Jessica Morales
    (916) 979-8901

    Esterlyn Murray
    ELA  TK-2 / History-Social Science
    (916) 979-8908

    Rachel Nguyen
    3-5 ELA and History-Social Science
    (916) 979-8814
    Lead Elementary Teacher
    Zoe Schroeder
    Resources Teacher
    (916) 979-8936
    Bonnit Stitt
    (916) 979-8935
    Jennifer Wolfe
    Lead Art Teacher


Important Events

    • Click here to learn more about the TK-5 Science Instructional Materials Adoption and to apply to participate on the committee


  • Curriculum Resources

    Click on the above link to find information and resources regarding the following:

    • Course Approval
    • Textbook Adoptions
    • Content Area Resources
Last Modified on October 17, 2022