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Curriculum, Instruction and Academic Enrichment (Birth - Grade 12) Unit

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Jonathan Swanson, Ed.D
Curriculum, Instruction and Academic Enrichment

​​​​The Curriculum, Instruction and Academic Enrichment (Birth - Grade 12) Unit encompasses four departments including Early Learning Services, Humanities, Project GLAD®, Multilingual Academic Services, and STEM. Contact us for more information.

​​​​Elida Garcia, Ed.D

Early and Expanded Learning

Early and Expanded Learning Services provides a wealth of research-based professional learning, coaching, technical assistance, and educational incentives for Orange County early learning and care programs, including public and private preschool, child care, Transitional Kindergarten (TK), Kindergarten, and community partners serving young children.

Early and Expanded Learning

​​​​Trish Walsh


The Humanities team of educators support districts and teachers by providing customized services to ensure best first instruction in literacy, language, social sciences, arts and physical education with culturally and linguistically responsive practices and research-based strategies available through technical assistance, professional learning, coaching, networks and more.

Humanities Teams​


Project GLAD® & Multilingual Academic Services

Orange County Department of Education is home to the National Training Center for Project GLAD® (Guided Language Acquisition Design). Project GLAD® is recognized as a model reform program and best practices program for Title III by the California Department of Education, a California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Recipient and awarded as a model of “Academic Excellence” by the US Department of Education.

Project GLAD®

Multilingual Academic Services​ (MAS)​

​​​​Holly Steele


From K-12 STEM evidence-based professional learning and events to rich non-formal environmental education learning experiences, the OCDE STEM team supports STEM education through diverse spaces within the educational community. Additionally, team facilitates relevant teacher networks and hosts local STEM-centered events for K-12 students.

STEM Teams​