OPTELThe Observation Protocol for Teachers of English Learners (OPTEL) is an observation protocol that will be designed to meet the requirements of AB 1808.
Assembly Bill 1808
The Observation Protocol for Teachers of English Learners (OPTEL) is an observation protocol that is designed to meet the requirements of California Assembly Bill 1808 (Ting et al.) Chapter 32, Statutes of 2018, amending California Education Code (EC) Section 313.3 .
In developing this protocol, the California Department of Education (CDE), in collaboration with WestEd, shall consult with current content area teachers at different grade levels, English Language development teachers, bilingual teachers, and special education teachers, and with experts with demonstrated experience in observing and documenting pupil academic language practices and in developing and administering assessments for English learners. The OPTEL advisory committee (OAC), comprised of 28 educators and ELD experts from across California. As required in statute, the majority of the individuals with whom the CDE consults in the development of the OPTEL, are currently teaching, credentialed teachers who regularly instruct English learners.
A draft of the protocol was prototyped in the spring of 2019. Based on feedback from the OAC and applied revisions to the tool, a pilot test occurred during late summer/early fall of 2019. Subsequently, a 2020 winter field test will take place before finalization of the tool by June 30, 2020.
A validation process shall be conducted to ensure the protocol appropriately assesses the intended target language constructs, demonstrates a meaningful relationship to the performance levels for the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) and assessed classroom language use, and reflects student progress toward attaining targeted constructs.
Professional development is needed in order to implement guidance to school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools for use of the protocol. There is also a need for a user guide, online training on administering and scoring the OPTEL, parental informational materials, a scoring rubric, and additional training materials.
Teachers currently in the classroom:
|1. Ulises Dumas||Science||7||Edison Middle School (MS)/Los Angeles Unified School District (USD)||Southern|
|2. Marly Escobar Suarez||ELD, Performing Arts||9–12||Performing Arts Community School/Los Angeles USD||Southern|
|3. Carmen Esterman||History||6–8||Walter Reed MS, Los Angeles USD||Southern|
|4. Julie Fong||Special Education||K–6||Elk Grove Elementary School (ES)/Elk Grove USD||Northern|
|5. Catalina Gonzalez||Bilingual||2||May Ranch ES/Val Verde USD||Southern|
|6. Valerie D. Johnson||Students with Disabilities and Long Term English Learners||7–12||West Hollywood Community Day School/Los Angeles USD||Southern|
|7. Jonathan Juarez||English||9–12||Los Angeles Leadership Academy/Los Angeles USD Charter Division||Southern|
|8. Ruth Lindahl||ELD, Advanced Placement English||9–12||Hiram Johnson High School (HS)/Sacramento City USD||Northern|
|9. Irene Sanchez||ELD, Newcomers||Levels 1 and 2||San Pasqual HS/Escondido Union HS District||Southern|
|10. Glenn Singley||Social Science||9–12||Hiram Johnson High School/Sacramento City USD||Northern|
|11. Kenneth Smock||ELD||9–12||Hemet HS/Hemet USD||Southern|
|12. Iztaccihuatil Soto||ELD||N/A||Edgewater Elementary/Marysville USD||Northern|
|13. Ulises Tellechea||ELD||5–8||Live Oak MS/Live Oak USD||Northern|
|14. Nancy Zardeneta||Bilingual, Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development (BCLAD), EL||3||Morris K. Hamasaki Medical & Science Elementary Magnet/Los Angeles USD||Southern|
Teacher education faculty/county office and school district staff developers/classroom language assessment experts
- Alison Bailey, Professor, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Graduate School of Education & Information Studies; Faculty Research Partner at the Center for The Study of Evaluation & CRESST
- Renee Barton, Categorical Resource Teacher, Los Baños Unified School District
- Melanie Bean, English Language Arts (ELA)/ELD Curriculum and Instruction Lead Secondary Training Specialist, Sacramento City USD
- Mario Castaneda, Associate Professor, California State University, Los Angeles
- Jennifer Cruz, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), Colton Joint USD
- Lizette Diaz, Director of Curriculum & Instruction for ELD, Ontario-Montclair School District
- Thea Fabian, TOSA, Fresno Unified School District and Fresno State Faculty
- Chelsea Kan, Director of Systems Improvement and Leadership Development for the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE)
- Natasha Moore, English Learner Curriculum and Instruction Coach, Elk Grove USD
- Tony Mora, Director, San Diego COE and Title III County of Education (COE) Lead (Region 9)
- Mai Yia Moua, Curriculum and Instruction, ELD, Clovis Unified School District
- Alesha Ramirez Morena, ELA/ELD Curriculum Specialist, Tulare COE
- Yee Wan, Director, Multilingual & Humanities Education Department, Professional Learning and Instructional Support Division, Santa Clara COE
- Jennifer Wiese, ELA/ELD Training Specialist, TK-6, Sacramento City Unified School District
Additional teachers participated in focus groups and the testing of draft versions of the OPTEL.
|Meeting # and Purpose||Date||Location|
|OAC Introduction Meeting||March 8, 2019||
OAC Meeting #1
Review and provide feedback on the first draft of the OPTEL
|April 9, 2019||
OAC Meeting #2
Review the results from the pilot testing and provide feedback to inform further refinement of OPTEL
October 8, 2019
WestEd Sacramento Office
OAC Meeting #3
Review the results from the field testing and provide feedback to inform future refinement of OPTEL
|June 4, 2020||
WestEd Sacramento Office
Update on the OPTEL (State Board of Eduction December 2019 Memorandum)(DOCX)
Information that provides an update on the development of the OPTEL. This includes the OPTEL Prototyping Feedback and an OPTEL draft.
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