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EL Parent Leadership Institute

Date: 12/14/2018
Author: Jenn Guerrero

The EL Parent Leadership Institute will take place on Friday, February 8th at SCOE. This free event is conducted entirely in Spanish and includes breakfast and lunch. Please spread the word and remind parents to register soon, this conference fills up very quickly. 

Event flier (English and Spanish) 

Letter to employers (English and Spanish) 

Sessions include

  • What's new? Updates, Reclassification, and Information for Parents of English Learners
  • Connecting Families: Helping Families Navigate Their Digital Lives
  • Education is the Most Powerful Weapon Which You Can Use To Change the World

REGISTER TODAY! EL Leadership Conference on January 11th

Date: 12/05/2018
Author: Jenn Guerrero


If you haven't done so already, REGISTER TODAY for the EL Leadership Conference on January 11th. Space is filling up fast and you won't want to miss this event. Sessions are tailored for elementary educators, secondary educators, and administrators. Don't miss the EL student panel, moderated by Dr. Orlando Carreón, which places English Learner youth voices at the center of our thinking and learning.

Sessions include

  • Communication with Families of English Learners: Connecting Families, Cultures, and Languages
  • Equitable Classroom Cultures
  • Cultivating Agency and Identity in ELs: The Power of Digital Storytelling
  • Engaging Meaningfully with ELPAC Data
  • Unlocking Learning: Science and Math as Levers for English Learner Equity
  • The Educability of All Students: Exploring the Relationship Between Equity and Language Acquisition
  • Effective Teaching of Latinx Students: A Community Responsive Approach

Parent notification of language acquisition programs

Date: 11/26/2018
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Please see below for the CDE response regarding parent notification of language acquisition programs. 


As per the Ed.G.E FAQ, LEAs are required to provide information to parents or legal guardians on the types of language and language acquisition programs available in the district in the parent handbook or upon enrollment. Are LEAs only required to provide information on what they offer OR do they have to list what options are available in general? 

Also, In both the Initial Parent Notification letter and the Annual Parent Notification, are LEAs required to provide descriptions of the language acquisition programs they currently offer OR do they have to list what options are available in general? 

CDE Response

"In response to both questions, the LEA includes the programs that are offered in both types of parent notifications. They are not required to include additional program information."

Workshop: English Learners and Special Education

Date: 11/19/2018
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Sonoma County SELPA is providing a workshop on Monday, December 10th called English Learners and Special Education. This training will cover issues of working with students who are English Language Learners who have IEPs (Individualized Education Programs). Topics include: Identification of students as ELs; Assessment; Services and supports; Instruction; Writing compliant, meaningful IEPs, including linguistically appropriate goals; and reclassification of EL students with disabilities. To register, please click here


Date: 11/15/2018
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Registration is now open for ELPAC Results 101: Building a Foundational Understanding of Summative ELPAC Data

This session will take place on Thursday, December 13th from 9:00-12:00. For more information and to register, please click here

Questions? Please contact Jenn. 

AB 3022: Retroactive High School Diplomas

Date: 11/13/2018
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Please see this letter to the field from the California Department of Education (CDE) regarding Assembly Bill 3022: Retroactive High School Diplomas. 

November EL Collaborative Follow Up

Date: 11/08/2018
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Please see below for materials and resources from the November 6th EL Collaborative meeting. Jenn will post an answer soon to the question regarding notification to parents of language acquisition programs. 

Slide Deck


Guidelines for Reclassification of English Learners - Ventura County SELPA

Meeting the Needs of ELs with Disabilities Resource Book- Santa Barbara SELPA


Date: 10/18/2018
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Please see this important information from the California Department of Education. 

Home Language Survey

Date: 10/12/2018
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Once a parent/guardian has filled out the Home Language Survey, can they go back and change it?

While ELPAC has replaced CELDT, the initial identification process is still the same. If a language other than English was inaccurately included on the HLS, a parent/guardian may update the HLS to accurately reflect the language(s) spoken in the home.

If the Initial ELPAC has been administered, the parent/guardian may request a review of the student's classification as outlined in the ELPAC Regs:

(c) Following the administration of the initial assessment to a pupil, but before the administration of the summative assessment to that pupil, upon request from the pupil’s parent or guardian or a certificated employee of the LEA, an LEA shall collect and review evidence, as described in subdivision (d), about the pupil’s English language proficiency. Based upon its review of the evidence, the LEA shall determine whether the pupil’s classification should remain unchanged or be changed. The LEA shall notify the pupil’s parent or guardian in writing of the results of the review within 14 calendar days of its determination. This review shall occur only once over the course of the pupil’s enrollment in the California public school system.


If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact me- 

October EL Collaborative Follow Up

Date: 10/02/2018
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Please see below for materials and resources from the October 1, 2018 EL Collaborative. 

Jenn will post answers to the groups' questions around the Home Language Survey as soon as possible. 

October 1st slide deck 

Forms of Anxiety

SEAL videos

Correction of Classification guide 

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