The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) offers support for California English Language Arts Standards and Framework implementation. Support services can be provided at the school and district level. In addition, SMCOE offers many workshops and institutes that are offered as county-wide events. Support can be as follows:

  • Standards & Framework Implementation 
  • Foundational Skills
  • Small-Group Instruction
  • Integrated ELD in Language Arts
  • Tier 1- Reading Strategies and Support for Content
  • Reader’s & Writer’s Workshop
  • TOSA/Coaching Support for Communities of Practice
  • Instructional Leadership Support in Literacy
  • Administrative Leadership Support in Literacy and ELD
  • Textbook Adoption Support and Implementation
  • Recommended Literature Lists
  • Customized Technical Support for Schools & Districts

Upcoming Professional Opportunities

ERWC Introductory Course

Our Introductory Course series are geared towards high school ELA teachers who have never been certified in the Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC). Our Update Course series are aimed towards high school ELA teachers who have previously been certified in the ERWC and need to be certified in the latest version (3.0) of the curriculum. Three (3) optional Cal State East Bay Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available to teachers participating in the ERWC Introductory Course Certification Workshop. 

Live Sessions on Thursdays, 4-6pm (attendance required)

Week 1: September 15, 2022
Week 2: September 29, 2022
Week 3: November 3, 2022
Week 4: November 17, 2022

Register here. Registration closes September 7.

Update ERWC 3.0 Course

The third edition of the Expository Reading and Writing Curriculum (ERWC 3.0) was launched in June 2019. This 12-hour workshop series provides a preview of the new edition exclusively for teachers who have been previously certified in the CSU ERWC at the high school level. (Certified teachers have attended 24 hours (four full sessions) of ERWC professional learning.)The update is designed to familiarize teachers with the following:

  • Revised ERWC curriculum for English language arts (ELA) course at grade 12
  • New ERWC ELA course at grade 11
  • Specific modules with integrated and designated English language development (ELD) at grades 9-12

Live Sessions on Thursdays, 4-6pm (attendance required)

Week 1: October 20, 2022
Week 2: October 27, 2022

Register here. Registration closes October 12.

California Dyslexia & Literacy - 2022–2023 Expert Webinar Series

Join us for a FREE expert webinar series hosted by the Sacramento County Office of Education, project lead for the California Dyslexia Initiative (CDI), in partnership with Glean Education. Learn more about identifying risk factors, setting up effective MTSS/RTI school systems to prevent reading difficulties, and delivering research-based instruction to support and remediate struggling learners and students with dyslexia.

Register for this FREE, seven-part webinar series and learn from our nation’s experts as they build our understanding on how to support struggling readers in all tiers of instruction. Follow-up discussion and activity guides will accompany each webinar to support deeper exploration of the content presented.


Summer Reading List!

Embrace Race – 20 children's books to support conversations on race, racism & resistance

40+ books for Anti-Racist Teachers

Social Justice Books


Graphic Novel SERIES by Bands of Text Complexity

KLM Irresistibles

Best of Children's Literature 2019

Some Middle Grade Authors to Know

Fantasy Books by Bank

Transitional Series

Poetry Performance & Close Reading

Gwenn Lei

Reading/English Language Arts Coordinator


Phone: (650) 802-5624

Ellen Arenas

Administrative Assistant, Curriculum and Instruction (CIS)


Phone: (650) 802-5332