Language Arts & History/Social Science

 

Laureen Beyer

Dr. Laureen Beyer
Coordinator

English Language Arts, History/Social Science, Visual and Performing Arts and World Languages
District AVID Support
760-955-3201 x10420

Dr. Beyer has been an educator for more than 35 years, serving the VVUHSD community for two decades. With a doctorate in behavioral psychology, and masters degrees in both TESOL and administration, she brings a broad perspective to her work as a coordinator for Educational Services. Dr. Beyer provides curriculum and instructional support to teachers in ELA, Social Studies, Fine Arts and World Language (grades 7-12). Responsibilities include:

  • Review and alignment of standards for grade level pacing guides
  • Development and Implementation of CFAs to support best practices and pedagogy. 
  • Department Chair meetings
  • Data support for Site PLCs
  • Monitoring of STAR Renaissance and CAASPP for ELA. 

Please send an email to lbeyer@vvuhsd.org for information on any of the areas listed below.

VVUHSD After School Programs for Middle School Students (ASES):
The district offers an ASES grant funded after school program through a Community Based provider called Action Youth America. Currently only CIMS, Hook and LLA qualify for the ASES grant. Each school provides a robust program. Contact claudia@iceseducation.org for more detailed program information.

AVID Program:
The Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program focuses on college readiness to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. The program places special emphasis on developing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills.  This class is offered as an elective option in both the middle and high school levels. Please contact site counselors for additional details. More information on AVID can be found here.

CSI school supports:
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires state educational agencies to determine school eligibility for comprehensive support and improvement (CSI). Local educational agencies (LEAs), with schools that meet the criteria for CSI, must partner with stakeholders to locally develop and implement a plan to improve student outcomes. 

Trainer of Trainer Model - District professional development model:
The TOT model of professional development provides yearlong  peer support. The TOTs are a group of teacher leaders who have weekly office hours to provide workshops or simply serve as thought-partners for other teachers on the areas of technology use, lesson design, curriculum and/or assessments. They  provide workshops for parents in AERIES gradebook, accessing student schedules, and teacher lessons. 

National History Day;
National History Day (NHD) is a year-long educational program in which students in grades 4-12 become historians. After selecting a historical topic that relates to an annual theme, students conduct extensive research by using libraries, archives, museums, and oral history interviews. They analyze and interpret their findings, draw conclusions about the significance of their topics in history, and create final projects to present their work. These projects can be used at the school site for rich project-based learning experiences and/or entered into a series of competitions from the local to the national level, where they are evaluated by professional historians and educators. Please click on this link for more information.