ResourcesInformation regarding newcomer students, programs for English learner (EL) students, FAQs regarding appropriate EL teacher authorizations, and educator and parent newsletters during distance learning.
COVID-19 English Learner Resources
Resources, models, webinars, newsletters, and guidance regarding English learner, immigrant, newcomer, and migratory students during distance learning and the transition to schools reopening during the COVID-19 outbreak.
California Practitioners' Guide for Educating English Learners with Disabilities
This page includes the guide and other resources for identifying, assessing, supporting, and reclassifying English learners with disabilities.
English Learner, Immigrant, and Migratory Students: 2017–18 Demographics Information Report (PDF; 18-Jun-2020)
This demographics report provides valuable facts about English learner, immigrant, and migratory students in California schools.
English Language Development Standards
Assembly Bill 124 (Chapter 605, Statutes of 2011) requires the State Board of Education approve standards for English language development for pupils whose primary language is a language other than English. These standards shall be comparable in rigor and specificity to the standards for English language arts adopted.
Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students: Research to Practice (New; Nov-2020)
The page includes the book for designing, implementing, and enhancing educational programs for multilingual and English learner students.
English Learner and Parent Newsletters
The page includes each issue of the quarterly English Learner Updates Newsletter.
Letters to Local Educational Agencies
Important communication to assist local educational agencies in providing appropriate services and programs for English learners.
The California Education for a Global Economy Initiative (Proposition 58 approved by voters November 2016)
Information regarding the California Education for a Global Economy (Ed.G.E.) Initiative, otherwise known as Proposition 58, approved by voters in November 2016.
State Seal of Biliteracy
This program recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing one or more languages in addition to English.
Binational and Bilingual Curriculum Guide for Teacher Preparation Programs
This curriculum guide is designed for in-service and pre-service teacher preparation programs. This link directs you to the curriculum guide developed and made available by San Diego State University.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
English Language Development Distance Learning FAQs
Responses to FAQs regarding designated and integrated English language development (ELD) within distance learning instruction.
English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)/District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) FAQs
FAQs regarding the ELAC and DELAC requirements during the COVID-19 physical school closures.
English Learner Teacher Authorizations FAQs
FAQs about teacher authorizations for teachers of English learner students.
Links to Resources
California Department of Education Links
Links to English learner information within the California Department of Education website.
External English Learner Information Sources
Links to English learner information outside of the California Department of Education website.
External Newcomers and Refugee Resources
Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)
The OELA at the U.S. Department of Education is the primary source for English learner resources such as the Newcomer Toolkit (PDF) and other resources to support English learners.
Center for Applied Linguistics
The Center for Applied Linguistics promotes access, equity, and mutual understanding for linguistically and culturally diverse people around the world.
- Newcomers Your School: Cultural Connections and Instructional Strategies
Participants will learn effective strategies to increase newcomer students' inclusion and learning in the classroom and beyond.
Californians Together leverages the recognized expertise of our members to promote the use of students' linguistic skills as a positive asset contributing to their success Californians Together advises state and national policy makers and mobilizes communities to protect and promote access to quality education for the state's English learners.
- Support for Immigrant and Refugee Students
This is a guide to creating safe and welcoming schools for immigrant and refugee students in California's schools.