Academics Through Agency



We are a department within the Leadership and Learning Division, that focuses on accelerating academics by integrating social and emotional learning.

In alignment with the district vision, we will collaborate with school sites. Our work aims to:

  • Coordinate support for the school’s vision and existing School Plan for Student Achievement by threading the vision through the way quality interactions are planned and implemented at every level.
  • Transform classroom practices and all aspects of the school setting to be safe, collaborative, and inclusive by building physically and emotionally safe settings that utilize trauma informed care and restorative justice practices to foster strong alliances.
  • Intentionally teach specific social and emotional skills and competencies by integrating them in academic content and all aspects of the school setting, broadening the definition of student success.
  • Build adult foundational competencies by ensuring educators develop expertise in culturally responsive and sustaining practices: critical self awareness, warm demanding reciprocal alliances, and shifting power.
  • Align resources and activate expertise from the school site in order to develop sustainable systems and structures by supporting: health and wellness of the staff; positive climate and culture; and education of the whole child and all children.

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During the 2020-2021 school year, San Diego Unified School District is piloting a micro-credential* program for educators. 

For the Spring, we are looking for educators interested in refining their practice in one of twelve areas by engaging in approximately 15 hours of asynchronous or hybrid professional learning. Why participate? This is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to life-long learning while earning resume worthy micro-credentials that capture growing competencies/skills. 

Academics Through Agency will be offering two micro-credentials. One for Quality Learning Interaction: Welcoming and one for Quality Teaching Practice: Clarity of Purpose this Spring, with more offerings in the future that can ultimately lead to a certification. Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding about the interaction or teaching practice and put it into practice with students, as well as reflect on their learning and plan for next steps. To learn more about the benefits and to complete the interest form (due 1/22/2021), please visit the link below.




Our Team

Contact us at:
4100 Normal Street, Room 2011
San Diego, CA 92103

Jen Carpenter, Director
Jeralyn Johnson, Instructional Coordinator
Dr. Dulcinea Hearn, Instructional Coordinator
Esther Brown, Instructional Coordinator