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English Learner Roadmap Implementation for Systemic Excellence!


​ELRISE! is a three-year grant awarded to Californians Together in March, 2020, through the California Department of Education Educator Workforce Investment Grant Program (EWIG). There are three main agencies leading the work of EL RISE!: Californians Together, Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL), and Loyola Marymount University's Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL). Over the next three years, the three agencies will work with and through 20 County Offices of Education who collectively serve 76.7% of the state's English Learners/Emergent Bilinguals —partnering with county offices to develop capacity to support LEAs in making meaning of the English Learner Roadmap principles, understanding their English learner/dual language learner population, becoming familiar with research on dual language development, developing local implementation plans, and implementing those plans across multiple roles and parts of the system.

The OCDE Literacy & Language Team is proud to be a participating county office of education to co-host with the aforesaid Lead Agencies professional learning opportunities for LEAs related to supporting multiple roles (e.g., school administrators, district leaders, teachers, counselors, etc.) to build capacity to implement the EL Roadmap.

Upcoming Events for ELRISE!

Leveraging Elementary Academic Text to Deepen Language Proficiency
October 4, 2021
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​This two-hour webinar, with embedded pre-session work and follow-up application, will equip teachers to select high quality mentor texts in order to build students’ ability to effectively express themselves in written and oral formats. Teachers will learn how to guide their students to effectively make meaning by analyzing texts and text excerpts for critical text features. Then, through whole group integrated ELD and small group designated ELD, students practice and incorporate these sophisticated language structures into their repertoire, thereby increasing proficiency in English.

ELD for Elementary Teachers and Administrators Institute
Begins February 2, 2022
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​These sessions, with embedded pre-work, will support teachers in designing responsive designated ELD lessons that build upon students’ knowledge across the disciplines. Teachers will expand their understanding of backward planning to identify English learners’ strengths and needs to provide targeted language instruction.

English Learner Master Plan Institute: Designing local policy aligned to the California English Learner Roadmap
Begins February 10, 2022
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​Participants will engage in discussions to guide planning for the development of visionary policies, programs, and services that ensure equitable opportunities and outcomes for English learners. Participants will receive resources included in the Center for Equity for English Learners’ English Learner Master Plan Playbook to develop a strategy for beginning or refining their approach to writing their EL Master Plan.

Elementary Coaching to Enact the English Learners Roadmap
Begins February 23, 2022
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​This webinar series, with embedded pre-session work and follow-up reflection and application, focuses on how coaches can support teachers in enacting the English Learner Roadmap policy. Participants will learn specific skills and strategies for supporting their teachers in leveraging students’ and families’ cultural and linguistic assets, harnessing formative assessment to guide instruction, and facilitating intentional, collaborative planning of integratedand designated ELD using the ELD standards.

Integrated and Designated ELD Institute for Secondary Teachers
Begins February 24, 2022
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​Participants will become acquainted with the guidance provided in key California Department of Education resources, including the English Learner Roadmap, ELD Standards, ELA/ELD Framework, and the newly published Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students: Research to Practice.

Structuring District and School Site Support for Newcomer Students
Begins March 17, 2022
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This institute, designed for site and district administrators and EL Directors/Coordinators provides an overview of who these newcomers are and their needs, and effective school and district responses. Learn about newcomer program models, supporting effective instruction, approaches to assessment and placement, and creating safe-havens. Tools and resources will be provided for inquiries, planning and strengthening services.

Developing and Strengthening Programs and Services to meet the Needs of Long-Term English Learners
Begins April 21, 2022
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​The institute will provide templates and guidance in shaping inquiries into your own LTEL population, and will acquaint participants with resources for developing and strengthening programs and services.

Meeting the Unique Needs of Newcomers in the Classroom
Begins May 5, 2022
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​California’s newly arrived students from other nations face a particular set of unique needs. This institute, designed for K-12 educators, begins with an overview of who these newcomers are, and their cultural and social needs. The institute will then focus on the academic needs of these students to help them succeed in the classroom and beyond. Participants will receive strategies and practical resources they can use right away to
create a welcoming environment for newcomer students and facilitate their learning.