Professional Development

Our Mission

The goal of the Murrieta Valley Unified School District Staff Development Program is to improve the quality of classroom instruction by increasing the skills and competence of all teachers, thereby improving educational opportunities for the district's students.

Staff Development Opportunities and Resources

Educational Services is pleased to provide both onsite and online professional development opportunities and resources for MVUSD teachers.  Onsite training may take place during the summer, during the school day, or after school.  Visit the pages in the left sidebar to view the available onsite training sessions. All onsite professional development opportunities are dependent upon budget, trainer availability, site access, and enrollment. Please enroll knowing that the schedule may need to be altered. 

**THE SUMMER 2015 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR IS NOW AVAILABLE! Visit the Summer 2015 Professional Development page in the left sidebar for the listing of professional learning opportunities and to enroll.  Space is limited, so be sure to enroll ASAP!!. 

Online resources and opportunities include the Staff Development Resources website, which includes curriculum, assessment, and instructional resources, as well as Online Staff Development Workshops (see link at the bottom of this page for a listing of online workshops currently available). For questions about online staff development, or to enroll in an online workshop, please contact Erica Franklin by email, or at Ext. 1028. (Please note that we are in the process of moving many of our online resources to Haiku).

Many other professional development opportunities take place at the site level based on requests made by site leadership teams or from individual Professional Learning Communities. It is our hope that this approach will ensure that professional development offerings are directed toward the specific needs of teachers. These sessions can be based on any of the topics explored in our face-to-face training (additional topics may be available upon request), which teachers may choose to enroll in individually in these workshops, or leadership teams/PLCs may request be delivered at the school site (see link to the left for a listings of workshops currently available). 

You may also access our extensive online Staff Development Resources section on the district website at any time. This section includes a wide variety of resources for teachers designed to support their professional development. There is also an Instructional Resources section that includes material and support for the implementation of Thinking Maps, Professional Learning Communities, Marzano Strategies, and other areas of instruction. The Curriculum Resource section includes content-specific resources and strategies. This area is sign in only, as it includes writing prompts, DBQs, and other assessments that teachers can access. Please follow the instructions below to access the Staff Development Resources pages.  

If you have any questions regarding onsite professional development, please contact Sean McCarthy at 951-696-1600 Ext. 1028 or Gertie Lewis at Ext. 1178. Substitute request forms for district training sessions that take place during the regular school day should be sent directly to Gertie Lewis by email or by fax at 951-304-1525. For questions regarding online professional development, please contact Erica Franklin at ext 1028.

How to Access the Staff Development Resource Pages

You must sign in to access these pages. Follow the steps below to sign in:

1. Sign in to the MVUSD website clicking on the "Sign-In" tab located at the top right side of the web page in the grey bar.

2. When you get to the sign in page, enter the username and password you use to log on to your district computer.

3. After you have successfully signed in, move your cursor over the "Staff" link at the top right of the district website. You will then see a drop down menu with several options.

4. From the drop down menu, select "Staff Development Resources."

5. Choose from the list of sections to the left. The "Instructional Resources" link takes you to the general professional development resources, such as support for Professional Learning Communities, using Marzano strategies, technology links and other areas of instruction. The "Curriculum Resources" link takes you to the section with content-specific resources and strategies organized by grade level and subject.

Watch the Accessing and Navigating the Staff Development Resources Website tutorial for assistance. Note that you may need to utilize your social media override to view the video when on the district network.


How to Access and Navigate the Haiku Learning Management System (LMS):

To access the Haiku LMS, click on the link below:
Enter your username, which is your first initial and last name (e.g. smccarthy) *Note--there are some exceptions to this username combination.  Email Greg Nicholas if your username is not working.
If you have not previously accessed the system, enter the initial password.  You will be required to create a unique password upon your initial log in.
If you have previously accessed the system and are unable to log in, click the "Forgot Password" link and use your username or email address to retrieve it.  Please note this will only work if you have confirmed your email address via the email request from haiku.  If you continue to have difficulty, or if you do not know the initial password, please email Greg Nicholas to have your password re-set.
You will see that you are already a member of at least one class, How to Use the Haiku LMS.  This class is accessible from the the "My Active Classes" list on the left side of the home page, or from the "My Classes" dropdown menu at the top of each page.  
For additional help, please view the tutorial below (please note that you may have to override social media if attempting to view the video below while on the district network):

Programs Designed to Support New Teachers

  • Intern
  • Teacher Induction Program

Programs Designed to Support Experienced Teachers

  • Peer Assistance and Review (PAR)
  • National Board Certification

These programs operate under the auspices of the Peer Assistance and Review Joint Committee, a seven-member panel composed of three district administrators and four Murrieta Teacher Association representatives.

MTA representatives

  • Virginia Cavasos - Thompson Middle School
  • Joe Freiberg - Murrieta Elementary School
  • Miranda Sather - Murrieta Mesa High School
  • TBD

District panel members

  • Leigh Lockwood - Director of Human Resources
  • Jennifer Randel - Principal, Buchanan Elementary School
  • Daniel Baldwin - Special Education Program Specialist

Teacher Induction Advisory Committee

The Peer Assistance and Review Committee is expanded to thirteen members quarterly and serves as the district’s Teacher Induction Advisory Committee. The committee’s purpose is to oversee the district’s state accredited Induction program. The California Commission for Teacher Credentialing has approved the district’s plan, enabling new teachers with a preliminary credential to clear their credential over a two-year period.

In addition to the identified Peer Assistance and Review Joint Committee members, theTeacher Induction Advisory Committee non-voting members include:

  • Dr. Raymond Hurst- Assistant Professor, Brandman University
  • TBD - Induction Participating Teacher
  • Girlie Ebuen- Induction Support Provider
  • Sean McCarthy - Induction Program Director / Coordinator of Instructional Support
  • Sue Hall - Induction Program Coordinator / TOSA
  • Rae Adams - Director, National University Professional Teaching Development Center
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Last Modified on June 19, 2015