Curriculum and Instruction

Welcome to the Lodi Unified School District Curriculum and Instruction Department. Our office offers support to the community and District staff in all areas of K-12 curriculum. 

Curriculum and Instruction Illustration


Lisa Kotowski
Assistant Superintendent

Lori Lott
Administrative Assistant



Parent Tips for Reading

We have compiled a set of links that are relevant to the NCLB (No Child Left Behind) Act that provide tips for parents to help in the development of reading skills for their children.

Please click on the link of interest:

The Partnership 

FAQ about reading and preparing for Standardized Tests

Parent Resource Tips (pdf) 

Reading Rockets - NCLB 

CA Curriculum Frameworks

Teacher Induction Program (TIP)



Lodi Unified Teacher Induction Program (TIP)

The Lodi Unified School District Teacher Induction Program (TIP) provides a two-year individualized, job-embedded system of mentoring, support and professional learning that leads to a Clear Multiple Subject, Single Subject, or Educational Specialist Credential. Through the support of mentors, candidates apply the learning acquired in teacher preparation to the realities of daily classroom teaching. Using Teacher Induction formative assessment system, candidates become reflective teachers, build collaborative relationships, and develop sound pedagogical practices and competencies that advance student learning.


If you have not filled out the credential information form, click here to register today!  For further questions, contact the coordinator’s office at

Advanced Placement



Welcome to the LUSD AVID website!  AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and is a college readiness system offered at nine Elementary Schools, 5 Middle Schools and 5 High Schools in the district.

AVID’s systemic approach is designed to support students, families and educators as they increase school wide/district wide learning and performance.

For more information about the AVID system please contact Cindy Mettler, AVID Coach/Elementary District Liaison, at

What is AVID?

The mission of AVID is to ensure that ALL students, and most especially the least served students who are in the middle:

  • will succeed in rigorous curriculum;
  • will complete a rigorous college preparatory path;
  • will enter mainstream activities of the school;
  • will increase their enrollment in four-year colleges; and
  • will become educated and responsible participants and leaders in a democratic society.


    AVID’s systemic approach is designed to support students and educators as they increase school wide/district wide learning and performance.

Site Coordinators

High Schools
Site Coordinator
Bear Creek  Tammy Naylor
Lodi HS Christine Casillas
McNair HS Amy Estes
Middle College Vanessa Jara
Tokay HS Carole Funge
Middle Schools Site Coordinator email
Delta Sierra Vince Kobelt
Lodi Middle Tarina Taylor  
McAuliffe Michelle Mazza
Millswood Trang Do
Morada Jayme Brown
Serna Charter Sara Gustafson

College/Financial Aid/Homework Links


If you are interested in becoming a Tutor for one of our school sites, please download the AVID Tutor Job Description and LUSD Classified Staff Application.  The Classified Application must be returned to the LUSD Personnel office.

Tutor Goals:

1.     Take an active role in developing the academic and personal strengths of AVID students.

2.      Assist the students in the successful completion of college eligibility requirements.

3.      Provide academic support for students in rigorous courses.

4.      Encourage the students to enroll in a four-year college or university after high school graduation.

5.      Serve as a role model/mentor to AVID students.

Career and Technical Education

Hundreds of thousands of California  young people get their start each year in exciting and rewarding careers through secondary Career Technical Education (CTE) courses. Whether students plan to further their education in community colleges, technical schools, or four-year colleges and universities, receive on the job training, or pursue careers in the military, secondary Career Technical Education can be the first step in a pathway toward productive employment and citizenship.  

The mission of Career Technical Education is to help empower students for effective participation in an international economy as world-class workers and citizens. CTE programs are designed to contribute to the broad educational achievement of students, including basic skills such as reading, writing, and mathematics, as well as to their ability to work independently and as part of a team, think creatively and solve problems, and utilize technology.

Lodi High School

Art & History of Floral Design

E.A.S.T. (Agriculture Technology)

Graphic Design


Tokay High School

Administration of Justice

Art & History of Floral Design

McNair High School

Administration of Justice

Culinary Arts

Health Occupations

Hospitality & Tourism

Bear Creek High School

Art & History of Floral Design

Automotive Services

Ornamental Horticulture


Julie Jansen, Principal

Eileen Erwin, Principal Secretary

Mark Troutner, Vice Principal 

Guadalupe Guerrero, High School Secretary   

Linda Jaramillo, Attendance Secretary 

Sharon Tillman, Attendance Secretary

English Language Arts

Welcome to Lodi Unified School District  English Language Arts Department. 

 K-6 ELA Resources

Grade 7 8 Resources

Grade 9-12 Resources

High School Course Catalog

K-12 California Standards


Pat White
GATE Coordinator

Connie Simpfenderfer
209-953-8092 fax

GATE Instruction Coaches


LUSD GATE Instructional Coaches

Barbara Transon

Ansel Adams
John Muir
Julia Morgan
Live Oak
Manlio Silva

Mary Vallerga-Hood

Podesta Ranch
Wagner Holt

GATE Committee, formerly GATE Advisory Committee, will hold 4 quarterly meetings. All meetings will be held at the district office in board room C from 3:30 - 5:00.

August 28, 2017

November 6, 2017

February 12, 2018 (Lottery date)

April 9, 2018

The purpose of the Gifted and Talented Education Program (GATE) is to meet the intellectual needs of identified gifted children within the Lodi Unified School District.  GATE begins in 4th grade, providing program choices to best meet the individual needs of the the students. The GATE program offers students the ability to stay at their home school and be placed in a GATE cluster class or opt to be part of the lottery for a spot at one of the self-contained GATE classes offered at John Muir, Vinewood, or Elkhorn School. 

Gifted instructional strategies include differentiated instruction that provides rigor and depth in learning. Students often participate in cooperative learning groups working together to solve complex problems. The curriculum is compacted and accelerated providing pacing that meets the needs of gifted learners. Project-based and problem-based learning is a key component in GATE classrooms. Students are expected to be active participants in the learning process, both individually and as a team member. 


Welcome to the Lodi Unified School District Math Department web page.  This department aides in the selection of instructional materials, development of district pacing guides and benchmarks, as well as any additional support requested.

Elementary School Resources

K-6 Adopted Textbooks - Mathematics:

Grades K-5

K-5 Math Expressions
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt c. 2015

Grade 6

CMP 3 - Math Grade 6
Pearson c. 201

Middle School Resources

7-8 Adopted Textbooks - Mathematics:

Common Core Math (Grade 7)
CMP 3 Math Grade 7
Pearson, c. 2014

Common Core Math (Grade 8)
CMP 3 Math - Grade 8
Pearson, c. 2014

Mathematics - Intervention (Grade 7 - 8)
Math 180
Scholastic, c. 2014

High School Resources

9-12 Adopted Textbooks - Mathematics

Grade 9

Core Connections Course 3, CPM (HS Math)
Core Connections Course 3
CPM, c. 2014

Grades 9-12

Integrated Math 1, CPM (Math 1)
Core Connections Integrated Course 1
c. 2014

Grades 10-12

Integrated Math 2, CPM (Math 2)
Core Connections Integrated Course 2
c. 2015

Grades 10-12

Integrated Math 3, CPM (Math 3)
Core Connections Integrated Course 3
c. 2015

Grades 11-12

Bedford, Freeman & Worth Co. (AP Statistics)
AP The Practice of Statistics
c. 2015

Grades 10-12

Peoples Education
Meeting the California Challenge CAHSEE Summer Math
c. 2005

Grades 10-12

Globe Fearon Applied Geometry
Pacemaker Geometry
c. 2003

Grade 12

Houghton Mifflin AP Calculus AB & BC
AP Calculus of a Single Variable
c. 2006

Grades 10-12

Globe Fearon High School Algebra
Pacemaker Algebra 1
c. 2001

Grade 12

Houghton Mifflin
Pre-Calculus w/Limits (advanced)
c. 2008

Additional Resources

Physical Education

Welcome to the Physical Education department.

Physical Education significantly contributes to students’ well-being!  High quality Physical Education instruction contributes to good health, develops fundamental and advanced motor skills, improves students’ self-confidence, and provides opportunities for increased levels of physical fitness that are associated with high academic achievement.

Our district Physical Education teachers use the Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve to develop learning goals and objectives for their students. 

Lisa Kotowski 
Assistant Superintendent

Lori Lott
Administrative Secretary

Shelly Pfeiffer 
Lead Teacher, Grades 1-6

Instructional Media Services

The Instructional Media Service Department is supported by the following staff: 

Gabriela Vazquez - IMS Supervisor - 331.7237,

Frances Heitzman - IMS Assistant - 331-7745,

Carla Gonzalez - IMS Assistant - 331-2118,

Diane Scott - IMS Technician - 331-7238,

Fax - 331-7981


Please click HERE for the IMS Department page