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Teaching & Learning

The Teaching & Learning department supports AUSD schools in providing a high-quality educational program for all students.  The work of Teaching and Learning is grounded in the district's Mission, Vision, and Guiding Principles.  In collaboration with other district departments, Teaching and Learning provides a wide range of professional development to site staff, facilitates site improvement planning, coordinates state/federal and local assessments, facilitates the selection and distribution of instructional materials, and coordinates the implementation of the wide range of districtwide programs and initiatives.  


As California transitions to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and new English Language Development (ELD) standards, Teaching and Learning is working to transition district instructional materials, provide staff regular professional development, and support schools in the shift to new assessment systems.  In addition, Teaching and Learning plays a primary role in the annual development and review of the district's Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), the district improvement plan that has been implemented along with the state's new funding process, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).


Teaching and Learning work collaboratively with other district departments including Special Education, Student Services, Technology Services, Human Resources, Food Services, and Business Services to coordinate support for AUSD schools.  The staff of Teaching and Learning are proud to be a part of this exciting time in public education and look forward to continuing the work of leading the AUSD community in supporting excellent and equitable educational outcomes for all students.


For questions regarding Teaching & Learning, please feel free to contact our office by phone (510) 337-7076, via email at or in person at our district office located at 2060 Challenger Drive, Alameda, CA 94501.

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Teaching and Learning Contacts

Kirsten Zazo
Chief Student Support Officer

(510) 337-7095


Jennifer Medina
Staff Secretary
(510) 337-7076


Terri Elkin
STEAM Coordinator



Nancy Lai

Language & Literacy Coordinator
(510) 337-7154 


Felicia Vargas

CTE Pathway Specialist

(510) 337-7091 


Claudia Medina
Coordinator of Family Involvement and Community Engagement (FICE)
(510) 337-7190


Janice Carroll
TSA, Instructional Technology
(510) 337-7000 ext. 7927


Lindsey Jenkins-Stark

Data and Assessment Coordinator

(510) 337-7042


Jasmina Huskic

Database Specialist

(510) 337-7077   


Carolyn Villa
Staff Secretary, Achievement & Assessment


Laura Lino
Testing Specialist, ELD
(510) 337-7157