ELR Frequently Asked QuestionsFAQs that answer questions regarding the English Learner (EL) Roadmap. These questions will be updated as new information and resources on the EL Roadmap become available.
California English Learner Roadmap: Strengthening Comprehensive Educational Policies, Programs, and Practices for English Learners
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the official title of the English Learner (EL) Roadmap?
The official title of the EL Roadmap is the California English Learner Roadmap: Strengthening Comprehensive Educational Policies, Programs, and Practices for English Learners.
What is the EL Roadmap?
The EL Roadmap is a collection of resources that include the California English Learner Roadmap State Board of Education Policy: Educational Program and Services for English Learners (EL Roadmap Policy), the California English Learner Roadmap: Strengthening Comprehensive Educational Policies, Programs, and Practices for English Learners, also referred to as the Guidance Document, and the Web-based resources. The Guidance Document is a published document that includes the EL Roadmap Policy, the historical context, the connection to the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), and illustrative examples from the field that demonstrate the EL Roadmap principles in action. The Web-based resources are a dynamic collection to help local educational agencies (LEAs) implement these effective practices.
What are the benefits of the EL Roadmap?
The EL Roadmap helps LEAs update their EL policies in response to changes in the State Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, the English Language Development Standards, federal, and state law. More information about new state law that has implications for educating English learners can be found on the California Department of Education (CDE) California Education for a Global Economy Initiative Web page.
The EL Roadmap provides support to LEAs as they navigate these changes, including illustrative examples submitted by LEAs that exemplify the EL Roadmap principles and elements in action. The EL Roadmap tools help LEAs self-evaluate and update their policies and engage in continuous improvement.
What is the purpose of the EL Roadmap?
The purpose of the EL Roadmap is to assist LEAs to promote local capacity-building and continuous improvement in each of the EL Roadmap principles’ areas and their interrelationship. Based on evidence of effectiveness from local experience as well as the most current rigorous research evidence that speaks to the strengths and needs of the diverse population of English learners, LEAs can implement similar strategies as they seek continuous improvement for their schools.
Who will benefit from the resources in the EL Roadmap?
The EL Roadmap includes information and resources that can benefit students, parents, community members, teachers, and school and district administrators.
Where can I find the EL Roadmap Policy?
The California English Learner Roadmap State Board of Education Policy: Educational Program and Services for English Learners is available now on the CDE EL Roadmap Web page.
Who collaborated on the development of EL Roadmap Policy?
The CDE collaborated with Stanford Professor Emeritus Dr. Kenji Hakuta and researcher Dr. Laurie Olsen, who facilitated the work of the EL Roadmap workgroup. The EL Roadmap workgroup participants are teachers, administrators, county office of education representatives, educational non-profit representatives, and integrated partners from key educational organizations. A list of the Roadmap workgroup members can be found on the CDE EL Roadmap Workgroup Members Web page.
What does the Guidance Document contain?
The Guidance Document contains the following sections: an introduction, a “Call to Action”, a “Policy and Research in Historical Context”, the four inter-related principles exemplified in elements, the “From Principles to Practice: Crosswalk to Local Control Accountability Plan” (LCAP) State Priorities, illustrative examples from the field that demonstrate the principles and elements in action, and a conclusion.
What will the Web-based resources contain?
The Web-based resources will include illustrative examples from the field that demonstrate the four inter-related principles in action, a self-evaluation tool, Web links to related documents, and other resources.
Where will the EL Roadmap Web-based resources be housed?
The Web-based resources will be housed on the CDE EL Roadmap Web page.
How will the illustrative examples from the field be chosen?
A review committee made of members of the EL Roadmap Workgroup, the CDE, and other interested parties will review illustrative example submissions from the field. Once an example practice is submitted, the committee will analyze the submission to determine which principle(s) and element(s) it demonstrates and determine if it meets the criteria for illustrative examples. If further information is needed, the CDE may contact the site or complete a site visit. If the example is determined to represent the principle(s) and element(s) in action, it will be posted to the EL Roadmap Web-based resources for LEAs to use.
Will the illustrative examples from the field be connected to the principles and elements of the EL Roadmap and to the state priorities for the LCAP?
Yes, each illustrative example will correspond to the principle(s) and element(s) it intends to demonstrate. The resource “From Principles to Practice: Crosswalk to LCAP State Priorities,” available on the CDE EL Roadmap Web page, connects each principle and element to the LCAP state priorities.
When will the EL Roadmap Web-based resources and the Guidance Document be available?
The Web-based resources and Guidance Document will be available in early 2018.
How does the EL Roadmap connect with the LCAP and Title III plan?
The EL Roadmap helps LEAs update LCAP and Title III plans to ensure that goals are aligned with evidence-based practices for educating English learners. The resource “From Principles to Practice: Crosswalk to LCAP State Priorities,” available on the CDE EL Roadmap Web page, demonstrates the connections between the principles in the EL Roadmap Policy and the LCAP.
How can I be involved in the implementation of the EL Roadmap?
Become a member of an EL Roadmap committee. This group is made up of some EL Roadmap Workgroup members and other stakeholders. This network will collaborate with the CDE by co-presenting, writing and advising on training materials, vetting submissions to the EL Roadmap Web-based resources, disseminating communication regarding the provisions of the EL Roadmap training events, and other implementation activities for the EL Roadmap. For more information, please contact the Language Policy and Leadership Office by phone at 916-319-0845 or by e-mail at ELROADMAPPROJECT@cde.ca.gov.
What are the recommended steps to implement the EL Roadmap?
The CDE encourages LEAs to attend CDE-sponsored workshops and intensive institutes, and engage in continuous improvement and self-assessment by reviewing and updating current LEA polices based on the EL Roadmap Policy, available on the CDE EL Roadmap Web page.
How can I contact the CDE if I have questions?
For questions related to the EL Roadmap, contact the Language Policy and Leadership Office at the CDE by phone at 916-319-0845 or by e-mail at ELROADMAPPROJECT@cde.ca.gov.