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English Language Arts

Resources for professional development to improve classroom instruction and to achieve educational excellence for transitional kindergarten through grade twelve students.

The Importance of English Language Arts

The ability to read, write, speak, listen, and use language to communicate with competence and confidence in English across a range of personal and academic contexts enables and provides students with opportunities for career and college success and informed participation in a democratic society and global economy. It also opens access to an extensive range of literature that widens their perspectives, illuminates the human experience, and deepens understandings of themselves and others.

English Language Arts Support

The California Department of Education (CDE) provides leadership, technical assistance, and support for teachers, administrators, parents, state and local educational agencies, professional organizations, and collaborating partners to implement high-quality English Language Arts education programs for all students, pre-kindergarten to grade twelve. This support is divided into three sections:

  • English Language Arts Guidance provides resources for implementing and improving English Language Arts/English Language Development (ELA/ELD) instruction, including ELA/ELD content standards, ELA/ELD framework, curriculum guides, and digital materials.
  • Assessment and Accountability provides information regarding English Language Arts/Literacy in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, which includes summative, interim, and formative assessment, and California’s new accountability systems.
  • Organizations and Partnerships lists notable national and state organizations that provide support and resources to educators and families with a passion for improving English Language Arts/Literacy learning for all students.

CDE Contacts

Assessment: Assessment Office; caaspp@cde.ca.gov; 916-445-8765

English Language Arts Curriculum Support: Jennifer Howerter, Education Programs Consultant; jhowerter@cde.ca.gov; 916-323-4630

English Language Development: Language Policy and Leadership Office; 916-319-0845

Framework & Instructional Materials: Curriculum Frameworks & Instructional Resources Division, cfird@cde.ca.gov; 916-319-0881

Secondary Literacy Partnership: Jennifer Howerter, Education Programs Consultant; jhowerter@cde.ca.gov; 916-323-4630

Specialized Media: Clearinghouse for Specialized Media & Translation; csmt@cde.ca.gov; 916-319-0881

Questions: Jennifer Howerter | JHowerter@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-4630 
Last Reviewed: Friday, December 18, 2020
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