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Multilingual California Project (MCaP)


The OCDE Literacy & Language Team is proud to support The Multilingual California Project Grant (MCaP). MCaP is a three-year grant awarded in March, 2020, to the MCaP Alliance through the California Department of Education Educator Workforce Investment Grant Program (EWIG) to support professional learning opportunities for teachers and para-professionals across California for implementation of the English Learner (EL) Roadmap Policy. The Multilingual California Project builds on consistently strong research documenting multilingualism as the most effective option for the academic achievement of ELs across all content areas and for preparation to participate effectively in the global workforce.

Using a four-stage model over the course of three years, Multilingual California will provide greater statewide access to and understanding of the EL Roadmap and its implementation, while also providing guidance and support to LEAs for focused, in-depth strategic development and implementation of the EL Roadmap.


Project Design

The Multilingual California Project utilizes an equity-centered, continuous improvement process called Liberatory Design, which emerged from Stanford University's design thinking model, with important contributions from the National Equity Project, and guides participants to explore systemic inequities across curricular areas and within the English Learner Typologies. For more training opportunities click here.

Participating MCaP COEs and Districts

Butte County Office of Education (BCOE)

Chico Unified School District

Thermalito Elementary School District

Palermo Union Elementary School District

Hamilton Unified School District

Corning Union High School District

San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS)

San Bernardino City USD  

Colton Joint US  

Hesperia US

Barstow USD Redlands USD

Fontana USD

Rialto USD Marina Madrid 

Fresno County Superintendent of Schools (FCSS)

Golden Plains Unified School District

Laton Unified School District

Mendota Unified School District

Orange Center Unified School District

Sanger Unified School District

San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE)

South Bay USD

Chula Vista Elementary School District

Jamul-Dulzura Union School District

National School District

Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District

Lemon Grove Marianna Vinson

Fallbrook Union Elementary School District 

Orange County Department of Education (OCDE)

Anaheim Elementary School District

Anaheim Union High School District



Based on the initial identification of equity gaps through the Liberatory Design framework, the LEAs will address those gaps in EL opportunities and achievement across the PK-16 pipeline by implementing key Professional Learning Innovations supporting the implementation of Principle 1 and Principle 2 of the EL Roadmap (see table below). These researched-based Professional Learning Innovations, listed in the table below, are offered by CABE and the five county offices showcasing the capacity and strengths they bring to this project.


EL Roadmap Principle 1

Assets-Oriented and Needs-Responsive Schools


EL Roadmap Principle 2

Intellectual Quality of Instruction and Meaningful Access 

Parent and Family Engagement Leadership (CABE)Dual Language Teacher Academy (CABE)
Bilingual Teacher Pathway (BCOE)Preschool GLAD®/Project GLAD® (English & en español) (OCDE)
Dual Language Preschool / Preschool / Early Literacy Development (FCSS)Writing Redesigned for Innovative Teaching and Equity (WRITE) Institute (SDCOE)
Special Education in Multilingual Settings (SBCSS)Language Development through Science (University of San Diego)



  • Nicole Chavez, Ed.D., Administrator—OCDE Project GLAD® National Training Center (NTC)
  • Christie Baird, Ed.D., Coordinator—OCDE Preschool GLAD®
  • Diana Hernandez, Coordinator —OCDE Project GLAD® en español
  • Omar Guillen, Coordinator—OCDE Project GLAD® en español
  • Trish Walsh, Administrator—Humanities Unit
  • Audra Mesa, Coordinator—Literacy and Language
  • Richard Romero, Program Specialist—Literacy and Language

Click here for more information on the Multilingual California Project.