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EWIG Executive Summary (Statutes of 2022) - Legislative Report

Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG) Program Legislative Executive Summary 2023 Legislative Report.

California Department of Education
Report to the Governor, Legislature, and the Department of Finance:
Educator Workforce Investment Grant Program: Professional Learning Grants

Executive Summary

This report is required by Section 124 of the Education Omnibus Budget Trailer Bill, Assembly Bill (AB) 185 (Chapter 571, Statutes of 2022) of the California State Budget. This report provides an update regarding the activities of the Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG) Programs: Effective Language Acquisition Programs (ELAP) and Special Education-Related Professional Learning (PL) focused on Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

The California Department of Education (CDE) received an appropriation of $20 million to further support the EWIG Program established pursuant to Section 124 of AB 185 (Chapter 571, Statutes of 2022), to coordinate and support professional learning opportunities across the state. The total appropriation was divided equally between the Multilingual Support Division (MSD) and Special Education Division (SED) to allocate to a county office of education (COE) or consortium of COEs with expertise in developing and delivering high-quality PL to teachers and paraprofessionals in public schools serving transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, to provide PL opportunities for educators throughout the state, in a manner that aligns with the statewide system of support.

Of the $20 million EWIG program appropriation to the CDE, the MSD received $10 million dollars to award to COEs/consortia of COEs to provide PL opportunities to implement effective language acquisition programs for English learner (EL) students. The CDE MSD, in collaboration with California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE), selected four COE consortia to be awarded $2.5 million. On July 19, 2023, the CDE notified the fiscal agents for each of the four consortia of their selection. The fiscal agents of each selected consortium, hereafter referred to as the grantees, are Sacramento COE, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Los Angeles COE, and Orange County Department of Education. The grant period commenced August 1, 2023, and the funds will be paid out to each grantee in three installments of $1.5 million, $500,000, and $500,000, over two years.

The CDE SED received $10 million to allocate to COEs/consortia of COEs to provide PL opportunities with a focus on UDL to teachers and paraprofessionals across the state. The CDE SED awarded the Placer COE $10 million in April 2023. The grant period commenced July 1, 2023, and the funds will be paid in two $5 million installments over two years.

This report is available on the CDE EWIG Program web page. Please contact Vicky Tucker, Education Programs Consultant, SED, Focused Monitoring and Technical Assistance Unit V, at vtucker@cde.ca.gov or Emily Ingram, Education Programs Consultant, MSD, Language and Policy and Leadership Office, at eingram@cde.ca.gov, to request a copy.

Report to the Governor and Legislature (DOCX)

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, April 17, 2024