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This page provides news, announcements, and administrative resources for staff in the EL Collaborative.

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Guidance for Reclassification: 2020–21 Testing Window Extension

Date: 06/14/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

The CDE has released reclassification guidance, which can be viewed here.


Date: 06/01/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Registration is now open for the 2021-2022 EL Collaborative.

  • September 9, 2021
  • December 2, 2021
  • March 10, 2022
  • May 19, 2022

Currently, meetings are slated to be held in-person at SCOE from 9:00am- 12:00pm. In the event that a session is changed to be a Zoom meeting, the date will remain the same and the time will shift to 3:00pm-4:30pm.


ELPAC Updates

Date: 05/25/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Please see below for the most recent ELPAC updates from the CDE and ETS. 

Closing out the 2020–2021 Administration

2021–22 Summative ELPAC Administration and Scoring Training Information

2021 Assessment and Accountability Information Meeting

Date: 05/20/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Registration is now open to all for the 2021 Assessment and Accountability Information Meeting, hosted by the California Department of Education. The 90-minute meeting sessions will provide coordinators with the latest information and updates on California's assessment and accountability systems.

The sessions, each of which will have a designated topic, will be presented virtually. They will be held weekly July 29 through September 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., as follows:

  • July 29—Director's Message, Accessibility, and TOMS
  • August 5—ELPAC and California Spanish Assessment
  • August 12—English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics
  • August 19—Science
  • August 26—Interim Assessments and Tools for Teachers
  • September 2—Accountability

For more information and to register, click here.

2021-2022 EL Collaborative Dates, Feedback, May 18th Slides and Recording

Date: 05/20/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Thank you for another wonderful year, EL Collaborative! Please mark your calendars for our 2021-2022 dates. Registration will be on the SCOE website in the next couple of weeks with more details on timing and mode (in-person, virtual, etc.)

  • September 9th 
  • December 2nd
  • March 10th
  • May 19th

Your feedback is needed!!! Please fill out this VERY BRIEF form to share your thoughts on the EL Collaborative this year. 

View the slide deck and recording from our May 18, 2021 session. 

LCFF Tool to Advance Equity for English Learners in the LCAP and LCP

Date: 05/16/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Wednesday, May 19th at 3:30 PM

Learn about an innovative tool to support districts in both reporting on their current LCAP and LCP. The purpose of this MCAP-developed tool is to provide sample action items for LEAs to consider in response to their English learner student needs as they participate in multilingual programs.

This session is offered through Multilingual California Project Grant (MCAP). Register here.

REMINDER! EL Collaborative- May 18th at 3:00pm

Date: 05/11/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

We look forward to seeing you for our final session of the year. The Zoom information is located below and in your calendar invite as well. 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 932 2977 5314
One tap mobile: 1 408 638 0968


Integrated and Designated ELD: Teacher as Language Coach (EL RISE! PD Opportunity)

Date: 05/06/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

May 20, 2021 | 2:30pm-4:30pm

Register here (Free) 

How can teachers easily and effectively build language proficiency for their EL/DLL students throughout their daily lessons? This two-hour interactive webinar, including one hour of pre-session asynchronous work, provides teachers with a construct and set of practices that can be quickly integrated into existing lessons and practices, including Designated ELD. Aligned to Principle 2 of the EL Roadmap, participants will learn to effectively identify and address the strengths and needs of English learners by providing targeted scaffolds and supports to actively deepen students’ use of sophisticated academic language for speaking and writing, tapping into their linguistic genius. Teachers will be prepared with tools and resources that can be implemented the next day in their virtual and in-person classrooms. Our students’ brilliance shines through when we create the conditions for educational equity and access.

Vaccine Clinics for High School Students and Families- Saturday,5/8 and Wednesday,5/12

Date: 05/04/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Two COVID-19 vaccine clinics for Sonoma County students age 16 and older, as well as their families, will be offered on Saturday, May 8th at Elsie Allen High School and Wednesday, May 12th at Sonoma Valley High School

Please help spread the word about these two events. For more information, visit

English flier

Spanish flier

Spring Testing FAQs/Guidance, CDE Newsletter, Expanded Learning Recommendations

Date: 04/20/2021
Author: Jenn Guerrero

2020–21 Spring Administration FAQs and Guidance

The California Department of Education has updated the COVID-19 Assessment FAQs web page with new FAQs and answers for the 2021 Spring Summative Assessment Administration.

Also posted on the COVID-19 Assessment FAQs web page is the 2020-21 Spring Summative Assessment Administration Flexibility Guidelines. This flyer steps through the testing options for each summative assessment this spring. New FAQs will be added in the future and will be posted here as well. 


Information and Updates from the Multilingual Support Division at the CDE

Here is the April 2021 newsletter from the CDE. 


Expanded Learning Opportunity Grants: Recommendations for Making them Work for English Learners

Californian’s Together recommends that school districts should ensure that their expanded learning programs are not traditional, but programs that are engaging, enriching, and joyful. Read more here.


Webinar: Accelerating Learning: Strategies for Whole Child Summer Learning and Beyond

View the recording here and register for future sessions as well. 

May 4 | Accelerating Learning: Best Practices for Expanded Learning Time

May 18 | Accelerating Learning: Using Assessments to Determine Student Needs

June 1 | Accelerating Learning: Equity-Centered Strategies to Support Student Learning

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