Sonoma County Office of Education

Blog: The Language Lens

This blog focuses on what it means to truly educate English learners for the 21st century. Resources, ideas, facts, and speculations will focus on the ways in which educators can provide English learners opportunities for deeper communication, collaboration, and comprehension in the classroom and in life.

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The Opportunity of the ELPAC: Part One
05.29.18
Arrows pointing upward Dedicated educators across the state have been diving into the new English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), learning the logistics of administration and familiarizing themselves with the content. Like any new initiative, it’s often messy and there are bumps in the road. Yet as we become more comfortable and confident, the messiness fades and an opportunity shines through. Developing Student Agency Read More...


They’re Telling Us Something
08.24.17
All behavior tells us something. When students show us or say they “don’t care” they are telling us something, whether they know it or not. As educators, we have the opportunity to question, probe, and seek deeper understanding in an effort to meet students where they are and help them thrive. Read More...


EL Students and Their Families Need to Know
03.13.17
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Lisa Wittke Schaffner, Board President
"I am proud to serve Sonoma County as President of the Sonoma County Board of Education in 2020. The Board of Education sets policy for its alternative education program, serves in an oversight role for SCOE, and supports our educational agenda. We believe every student has a unique set of abilities, potential, and needs. Our board compliments the work and innovation of SCOE, and serves as an educational partner for the Sonoma County community." - Lisa Wittke Schaffner, Board President