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COVID-19 English Learner Resources

This page provides 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.

The resources below from the California Department of Education (CDE) English Learner Support Division are available to local educational agencies as they support English learner, immigrant, newcomer, and migratory students during distance learning and the transition to schools reopening during the COVID-19 outbreak. This collection of resources will be updated as new guidance and information is available and includes links to CDE resources as well as outside resources.

Resources

LEA Resources:
Parent and Family Resources:
Newcomer Resources:
Immigrant Resources:
Migrant Education Resources:
Social-Emotional Wellbeing Resources:
  • The CDE Social and Emotional Support in Distance Learning web page provides guidance and resources for educators, educational leaders, and families/guardians in kindergarten through grade 12 schools, to provide social and emotional supports during distance learning.
  • The First 5 California Care, Cope, Connect web page External link opens in new window or tab. highlights the Care, Cope, Connect resource, created by Sesame Street in Communities in collaboration with the First 5 Association of California. This resource helps parents cope with stress and provide safety and security for their children. This resource includes information on immigration and trauma and is available in multiple languages.
  • The National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments website External link opens in new window or tab. offers information and technical assistance to states, districts, schools, institutions of higher education, and communities focused on improving school climate and conditions for learning. This website includes information about responding to the coronavirus.
Physical Health and Wellness Resources:

Model Programs

Model Distance Learning Dual Language Instruction (DLI) Programs:
  • Woodland Joint Unified School District (WJUSD): The WJUSD has not only developed a strong distance learning plan, but also created a plan to continue dual language learning for their district’s multilingual programs. The well-articulated plan took time and collaboration across all levels to create.
Model Distance Learning English Language Development (ELD) Programs:
  • Sanger Unified School District (SUSD): The SUSD has put together resources for ELD distance learning that may serve as a model for other districts. These resources are designed to be used by teachers and parents and include choice boards for ELD by grade level (preschool through grade twelve) with clickable links through Google docs. The ELD choice boards are also available in Spanish and can also be printed for students who do not have access to the internet.

Webinars

Newsletters

The CDE English Learner Updates Newsletters web page contains links to two newsletters:

  • The EL Updates Newsletter provides updates, information, and resources to local educational agencies focusing on school closures and services for English learners. This newsletter is published weekly from April through May, 2020, and monthly starting June 2020.
  • The Distance Learning Parent Newsletter provides updates, information, and resources to parents and focuses on a different educational topic each week. This newsletter is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Filipino, Chinese, and Vietnamese and is published weekly from April through May, 2020, and monthly starting June 2020.

Learning Acceleration: Supporting English Learners

The CDE Learning Acceleration: Supporting English Learners web page provides guidance and resources to support English learners by leveraging all fiscal resources to accelerate student learning.

The web page includes:

  • Leveraging Fiscal Resources
  • English Learner Learning Acceleration Resources
  • Family Engagement for Learning Acceleration

For an overview of learning acceleration, visit the CDE Learning Acceleration web page (Coming Soon).

Questions:   English Learner Support Division | ELSD@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0938
Last Reviewed: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
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