A key area of the San Mateo County Office of Education's services to teachers and educators is providing curricular and instructional guidance in several content areas. This section provides a number of content area resources, administrative and instructional support, and deep, sustained professional development for educators to enhance teaching and learning in San Mateo County.

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Computer Science

English Language Arts

English Learner Services

Environmental Literacy

History and Social Sciences

Maker Education


Science and Engineering

Visual and Performing Arts

Curriculum Framework Development and Adoption

Below is the California Department of Education's schedule of K-12 curriculum framework development and adoption of K-8 instructional materials. Download a timeline of the full schedule.

Content standards and State Board of Education (SBE) adopted instructional materials

Content Area  Standards Framework Adoption
Mathematics   2020-21 2021-22
English Language Arts/English Language Development   2022-23 2023-24
History-Social Science   2023-24 2017, 2023-24
Science   2024 2017-18
Health   2017-19 2019-20
World Language 2017-18 2019-20 2020-21
Visual & Performing Arts   2020-21  3030-21

Model content standards but no SBE-adopted instructional materials

Content Area Framework
Physical Education 2021-22

Unique projects mandated by stature

Content Area Model Curriculum
Ethnic Studies 2018-19 

Gwenn Lei

Executive Director, Curriculum and Instruction Services

Email: glei@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5426

Rashami Kaur

Administrative Assistant

Email: hkaur@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5417

Ellen Arenas

Administrative Assistant

Email: earenas@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5332