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​Achieve the Core

Free, ready-to-use classroom resources that align to college- and career-ready standards, including the Common Core​: Anthology Alignment Project​​, Basal Alignment Project, Text Set Project, ELA/Literacy Lessons, Read Aloud Project, Academic Word Finder​​, Kentucky Text Set, Text Set Design Microcredential, Building Knowledge Mini-Course, Foundational Skills modules and resources & more.

Reading Rockets / Colorin ColoradoReading & English Language Learner best practices and strategies.
​ is a national multimedia project offering information and resources to the parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers.
Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events
​Instructional Content Platform that supercharges reading engagement and learning in every subject.
​CommonLit: Digitial Library and Instructional Tools​

​​CommonLit Literacy Model is built on a foundation of over 2,000 high-quality free reading passages for grades 3-12, complemented by aligned interim assessments, growth-oriented data, and expert-led teacher development.
Social Justice Books
​​Selection of multicultural and social justice books for children and educators. is a project of Teaching for Change, a non-profit organization whose mission to provide teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world.
California K-12 Online Content Project​

​Access to access to online educational content from Encyclopedia Britannica, ProQuest and Any K-12 student in CA may request access directly from the providers if access isn't offered through their school. Funding is available for this project annually.
​WordGen Weekely for Middle School
​​WordGen Weekly uses compelling topics to engage middle school students in meaningful academic language development work with all their content-area teachers.
Text Project​
Strategies, tools, and texts to bring beginning readers and struggling readers to high levels of literacy​.
Library of Congress Digital collections, including primary sources, of US history​
Vocabulary Teaching Tips

Orange County Reading Association

OCRA is a professional organization of educators. OCRA is the local council of the California Reading Association (CRA) and the International Literacy Association (ILA).
News Literacy ProjectThe News Literacy Project is an "innovative national educational
program that mobilized seasoned journalists to work with educators to teach middle school and high school students how to sort fact from fiction in the digital age." Their site offers a lot of paid subscription material, but they have some free lesson modules as well. They also offer this free handout to help teachers walk students through a checklist when validating sources:


Listenwise is an award-winning listening skills platform appropriate for middle school and high school aged children. They harness the power of listening to advance literacy and learning in all students. Their collection of podcasts and public radio keeps teaching connected to the real world and builds student listening skills at the same time.
​​Shanahan on Literacy​Timothy Shanahan's research emphasizes the connections between reading and writing, literacy in the disciplines, and improvement of reading achievement.​
Indigenous Voices of San Juan Capistrano​
Free online resources for the Acjachemen (Juaneno) community
TeachingBook.netAll California educators, librarians, and other professionals may freely start using by entering their work e-mail address at​
​Assessment Resources
CLEP College Level Examination Program
Khan Academy
Understanding Proficiency: A Partnership of West Ed and SCALE
Early Assessment Program (EAP)​
Teaching Tolerance

​Free online resources for educators that supplment the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants.

English Language Development (ELD)

​Considerations for Inclusivity and Support within Designated ELD in​​ Remote Learning​
Considerations for Inclusivity and Support within Designated English Language Development in Remote Learning is a tool designed for teachers with the assets and needs of English learners in mind. It is organized around three overarching ideas, the 3Ls: Connect with Learners, Learning, and Language. Tool was created by a CISCELD subcommittee.​
English Learner Toolkit of Strategies​
This toolkit is designed to be used in both Integrated and Designated English Language Development. The strategies address reading, writing, speaking and listening to prepare ELs for literacy in the 21st century.​
​CA English Learner Roadmap
Teacher Toolkit​

​These toolkits are designed to help classroom teachers understand and make meaning of the CA EL Roadmap
policy. They include tools for individual and collective assessment of practices through the lens of the EL Roadmap principles, enabling teachers to hone in on their own
professional learning needs and priorities.
​Teaching and Learning Cycle
​The Teaching and Learning Cycle (TLC) is a pedagogical framework for scaffolding academic writing through deep and critical thinking tasks, academic discussions, interactive reading, and language development. Through the TLC, students delve deeply into disciplinary learning, examine and unpack discipline-specific written text types, practice writing the same text type, and independently write using tools that support their reflection on (and self-evaluation of) both the content and language they are using.
EnglishLearner Toolkit for State and Local EducationAgencies (US Dept. of Ed)
​The English Learner Tool Kit helps state and local education agencies help English Learners (ELs) by fulfilling these obligations.The Toolkit has 10 chapters (one for each section of the DCL), and contains an overview, sample tools, and resources.
English LearnerNewcomer Toolkit
​The Newcomer Tool Kit is designed to help U.S. educators; elementary and secondary teachers, principals, and other school staff who work directly with immigrant students—including asyleesand refugees—and their families.Thisresource has 5 chapters, and contains an overview, sample tools, and resources.
​English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)
​The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) website serves as the portal for resources that a local educational agency (LEA) will need to administer the ELPAC.​

ELD & Multilingual Education

​​Assessing Language Proficiency during
Extended School Closures

​This document provides sample questionnaires across grade bands that are designed to provisionally identify students as English learners (ELs) during the COVID-19-related school closures, which impede the administration of face-to-face screening protocols.
CA EnglishLearner Roadmap Teacher Toolkit
​These toolkits are designed to help classroom teachers understand and make meaning of the CA EL Roadmap policy. They include tools for individual and collective assessment of practices through the lens of the EL Roadmap principles, enabling teachers to hone in on their own professional learning needs and priorities.
CA Education for a Global Economy Initiative

​Information provided by the CDE regarding the California Education for a Global Economy (Ed.G.E.) Initiative (Proposition 58). The CA Ed.G.E. Initiative authorizes school districts and county offices of education to establish language acquisition programs for both native and non-native English speakers, and requires school districts to solicit parent and community input in developing language acquisition programs.
OCDE Project GLAD® National Training Center

​The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) is the official National Training Center (NTC) for the Project GLAD® (Guided Language Acquisition Design) model. The goal of the NTC is to support Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in building sustainable implementation structures to meet the needs of English learners/emergent bilinguals through the development of trainers.
​Resourcesfor Emergent Bilinguals and Translanguaing​
The CUNY-NYSIEB website provides resources to educators to better understand translanguagingas a strategy that teachers could use to help students draw on their linguistic resources in order to make meaning of content, engage in learning, and to develop language practices for academic use.​

Multilingual Education

​World Languages Standards​
​The World Languages Standards for CA Public Schools, K-12 are intended to provide guidance to teachers, administrators, students, parents and the community at large in implementing​ World Languages programs to ensure successful entry at any point in the curriculum from K-12.
World Languages Framework
​The World Languages Framework provides guidance to educators, parents, and publishers, to support implementing CA content standards. The curriculumframework was adopted by the SBE in January 2019 and is currently accessible as a pre-publication version.
Guiding Principles of Dual Language (3rd Edition)
​The 3rd edition of the Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education was designed for educatorswho are interested in effective dual language education. The resource is an effective tool for planning, self-reflection, and continual improvement.
CA Global 2030​
​The initiative is a call to action that asks that stakeholders expand access to world language classes, programs, and experiences, provide more training to bilingual teachers, and improve the quality and availability of advanced language classes so that by 2030 half of all K–12 students in CA will have participated in programs leading to proficiency in two or more languages, either through a class, a program, or an experience.
Seal of Biliteracy
​The State Seal of Biliteracyis a statement ofaccomplishment for gaining competency intwo or more languages, and may be viewed asan asset when applying for employment and/orcollege admission.
​Common Core en Español: State Standards Initiative Translation Project
​The following stateguidance documents were translated and linguistically augmented to serve as a guide for equitable assessment and curriculum development, resulting in high levels of biliteracy. These documents were produced by San Diego County Office of Education, in collaboration with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the CDE.​
Evaluator's Toolkit for Dual Language Programs​
​The purpose of this Toolkit is to assist staff in dual language programs that serve English language learners (ELLs) to understand how to meet assessment and accountability guidelines. Produced by Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, Ph.D., and Gary Hargett, Ph.D.and the California Department of Education.​
CDE Multilingual FAQs

​Multilingual Education frequently asked questions on instructional approaches and other issues related to dual language education. CDE Resource.
​Best Practices for Dual Language Elementary Students

​The following archived webinars introduce dual language educators to teaching and learning approaches and processes that support elementary students' abilities to access and engage in disciplinary literacy.The webinars were sponsored by the Region 15 Comprehensive Center at WestEd, in collaboration with the California Teachers Association (CTA) and CDE.
​CommonLit en Español

Thisresource provides quality texts to support Spanish literacy development for dual or world languagesprograms. There are over 100 3rd through 8thgrade Spanish lessons on the site, with plans to add hundreds more in the coming months.
UNESCO World Digital Library: Open Access Resources in Multiple Languages

As one of the United Nations system libraries, the UNESCO Library collection contains practically all publications issued by UNESCO, as well as a selection of scholarly titles devoted to the areas covered by UNESCO's fields of expertise, such aseducation, culture, social and human sciences, communication and information.​
Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes​
​Large-scale digital library project, hosted and maintained by the University of Alicante (Spain). It comprises the largest open-access repository of digitisedSpanish-language historical texts and literature from the Ibero-American world.
​Resources for World Languages Educators
​Links to resources to support language teachers with the shift to remote teaching and learning. Such topics include building relationships and virtual communities, embedding authentic texts in world languages, and engaging all languagelearners in online instruction.
China Learning Initiative: Teaching Resources Hub​

Resourcesfor remotely teaching Chinese during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Resources include such topics as assessment, curricula and curriculum frameworks, lessons, and books and articles about early language and immersion education.​