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Information regarding newcomer students, programs for English learner (EL) students, FAQs regarding appropriate EL teacher authorizations, and educator and parent newsletters during distance learning.

Observation Protocol for Teachers of English Learners (OPTEL) (Updated Jan-2024)
This link provides general information regarding the OPTEL and the reclassification process.

Educator Workforce Investment Grant: Effective Language Acquisition Programs (EWIG: ELAP)
Information regarding the EWIG: ELAP grant and the four grantees focused on providing free professional learning opportunities for all interested teachers, paraprofessionals, site administrators, and school counselors statewide.

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.

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.

Global California 2030 (PDF)
Global California 2030 in Spanish (PDF)
The mission of Global California 2030 is to equip our students with the world language skills to succeed in the global economy and to fully engage with the diverse mixture of cultures and languages found in California and throughout the world.

Important Multilingual Education Notices
Important communication to assist local educational agencies in providing appropriate services and programs for English learners.

Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students: Research to Practice (Nov-2020)
The page includes the book for designing, implementing, and enhancing educational programs for multilingual and English learner students.

Long-Term English Learner (LTEL) Community of Practice (CoP)
Timeline, goals, and resources for the LTEL CoP.

Multilingual Newsletters
The Multilingual Updates and Multilingual Parent Newsletters contain the latest information and resources regarding English learner and multilingual education.

Multilingual Students - Resources for Parents
Information and resources for parents about establishing language proficiency in English, types of programs, and many other resources.

Newcomer Students
The link above includes information and resources to support local educational agencies serving newcomer students and their families.

State Seal of Biliteracy
Biliteracy Pathway Recognitions
The State Seal of Biliteracy 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. The Biliteracy Pathway Recognition program recognizes preschool through grade eight students who are on the path to developing biliteracy.

World Language Reading Challenge
Information about the annual World Language Reading Challenge for students, parents, and educators.

Binational and Bilingual Curriculum Guide for Teacher Preparation Programs External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
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.

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

English Learners Independent Study FAQs
Responses to FAQs regarding designated and integrated English language development (ELD) within an independent study program.

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
Responses to FAQs regarding the ELAC and DELAC requirements during the COVID-19 physical school closures.

English Learner Teacher Authorizations FAQs
Responses to FAQs regarding teacher authorizations for teachers of English learner students.

Unaccompanied Minors FAQ
Information and responses to FAQs regarding unaccompanied minors.

Links to Resources

California Department of Education Links
Links to English learner information within the California Department of Education website.

Other Multilingual Resources
Links to English learner information and resources outside of the California Department of Education website.

Questions:   Language Policy and Leadership Office | 916-319-0845
Last Reviewed: Monday, January 29, 2024
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