Instructional Services

Department Overview:

The focus of the Instructional Services Department is to ensure that teachers and principals have the research-based instructional strategies, professional development, support and resources they need in order to provide an instructional program of the highest quality for all students.

We provide leadership, support, and supervision of the kindergarten through sixth grade curriculum, including: District-adopted curriculum, English learner student programs, Gifted and Talented Education, instructional improvement programs, and assessment and accountability systems.

Instructional practices are outlined in the GUSD Strategic Plan, LEA Plan with Title III Update, and the Title III Improvement Plan for English Learners.

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Department Staff and Contact Information:

  • Dr. Bridget Braney
    Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services
    (805) 681-1200 x203
  • Dr. Liz Barnitz
    Director of Instructional Services
    (805) 681-1200 x224
  • Dr. Joanna Lauer
    Differentiation Specialist (GATE/GES)
    (805) 681-1200 x243
  • Christy Rockwood
    Administrative Secretary
    (805) 681-1200 x203
  • Senior Secretary/Test Coordinator
    (805) 681-1200 x221
  • Ana Requena
    District Translator
    (805) 681-1200 x222

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The CA Dashboard

The Dashboard is a new website that shows how local educational agencies and schools are performing on the indicators included in California’s new school accountability system. The Dashboard provides information that schools can use to improve.

The Dashboard was created to give parents and the public a better idea of what is happening in our schools and districts and to identify schools and districts that need extra help. The Dashboard is a component of the Local Control Funding Formula law passed in 2013 that significantly changed how California provides funding to public schools and holds local educational agencies accountable for student performance.

The Local Control Funding Formula law required that the State Board of Education adopt a new accountability tool that reflects performance in different priority areas identified in the law. The Dashboard is how performance data on the state and local indicators that the State Board of Education included in this new accountability tool is shown publicly.


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Information on Common Core Standards for Education:

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Informational Documents About GUSD Instruction, Achievement, and Planning:

NOTE: Categorical Programs are supported with restricted supplemental state and federal funds that have been reduced, eliminated, or have become unrestricted. The district now supports several of these programs with general fund resources. As a result some requirements for reporting or specific program elements are no longer required.