About Us

Our Team

Our team has a wide range of expertise in professional learning, school and district leadership, online learning, curriculum development for culturally and linguistically diverse students, and applied research. Several of our staff were lead authors, under the guidance of the California Department of Education, of the California ELA/ELD Framework, ELD Standards, and Science Framework, as well as the 
California ELD Standards Online Professional Learning Modules.

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Pam Spycher

Project Director

Jennifer Blitz

Jennifer Blitz

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Danielle Garegnani


Annette Gregg

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Marianne Justus

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Mark Jutabha

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Adam Keim


Johnpaul Lapid

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Emily Mattsson

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Melanie Packham

Ruth Sebastian

Ruth Sebastian

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Maria Santos

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Scott Sargent


David & Lucile Packard Foundation

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The California Endowment

The California Endowment

Ford Foundation

Ford Foundation

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Amazon TenMarks

Sierra Health Foundation

Sierra Health Foundation

About WestEd

WestEd is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency that partners with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.

Voices from the Field

The presenters not only modeled lessons well, but gave us ample opportunity to practice and experience and gave us reasons as to why and how these strategies work.

– SCUSD 4-6 teacher