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

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New ELPAC Coordinator Training

Date: 05/24/2022
Author: Jenn Guerrero

June 6, 2022 | 9:00am -12:00pm | Zoom 

This session is designed for LEA ELPAC coordinators who have been in their role for less than 12 months or want a refresher on the coordinator responsibilities.

Participants will learn about

  • Initial and Summative ELPAC processes
  • Responsibilities of the ELPAC coordinator
  • Suggested time frames for completing activities
  • Procedures and practices to support a successful ELPAC administration

Register here

May 19th EL Collaborative Follow Up

Date: 05/22/2022
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Thank you for attending the final EL Collaborative for the 21-22 school year. Below you will find the follow up items and resources  from our session. 

  • When can LEAs order the picture cards for the Alternate ELPAC? June 1st. 
  • Please see this opportunity for students ages 10-12 to participate in a FREE  week-long Math Lab using curriculum from Stanford's Youcubed team. English and Spanish can be accessed here. 

REMINDER- EL Collaborative, 5/19

Date: 05/12/2022
Author: Jenn Guerrero

We look forward to seeing you at our final 21-22 EL Collaborative session on Thursday, May 19th at 3:00pm. The Zoom link is included in the calendar invite and listed below as well.

2022-2023 EL Collaborative Dates

Date: 04/05/2022
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Thank you for providing feedback on the timing for our 2022-2023 EL Collaborative sessions. We will be meeting at SCOE, and overwhelmingly the group chose to hold the sessions from 9:00am-12:00pm. Please see below for the dates and hold them on your calendar. The registration link will be available in the next few weeks and will be posted here. 

  • September 8, 2022
  • December 1, 2022
  • March 9, 2023
  • May 18, 2023


Date: 03/15/2022
Author: Jenn Guerrero


Last Opportunity to Provide Feedback

The 2022-2023 EL Collaborative sessions will be held in person at SCOE. Please take a moment to provide feedback on the timing that works best for you. The form will close at the end of the day. 


Professional Learning: Dually Identified Students 

Join the Sonoma County SELPA and learn from Dr. Jarice Butterfield, Special Education/EL expert.  Register here

Via Zoom, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

March 29

Language Difference and Ensuring IEP Goals 

March 30

Reclassification of English Learners with Disabilities



March 10th EL Collaborative Follow Up

Date: 03/11/2022
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Thank you for attending the March 10, 2022 EL Collaborative. 

Slide deck 

Video recording 


The 2022-2023 EL Collaborative sessions will be held in person at SCOE. Please take a moment to provide feedback on the timing that works best for you.

REMINDER - EL Collaborative, 3/10

Date: 03/04/2022
Author: Jenn Guerrero

We look forward to seeing you at our next session, held via Zoom, on Thursday, March 10th from 3:00pm-4:30pm

Please be sure to bring a blank piece of paper and a pen or pencil. We will be using these during the “focus on instruction” portion of our time together. 

The Zoom link is below and included in the calendar invite as well.

Dual Language Immersion Grant (DLIG)

Date: 02/17/2022
Author: Jenn Guerrero

The Request for Applications (RFA) for the Dual Language Immersion Grant (DLIG) is now available. This grant provides funds for projects to expand or establish dual language immersion programs. Eligible entities include schools, school districts, county offices of education, charter schools, or consortia of the aforementioned entities. 

The DLIG RFA is available on the CDE Dual Language Immersion Grant web page

Interested applicants are required to submit the Dual Language Immersion Grant Intent to Submit an Application Electronic Form by 4 p.m. on February 25, 2022. Submitting this intent form does not require an organization to ultimately submit an application; however, an application will not be accepted unless the electronic form was submitted and received by the CDE by the aforementioned deadline.

EL and Migrant Parent Leadership Institute- Virtual

Date: 02/08/2022
Author: Jenn Guerrero


Monday, February 28th and Tuesday, March 1st 

6:00pm-8:00pm | Zoom 

This virtual workshop is for all parents of English Learners and Migrant families and will be conducted in Spanish.This annual workshop is dedicated to empowering parents and learning about free resources and services offered for families in Sonoma County.

Please spread the word! English and Spanish fliers are located here and registration is available here.

February 28th

Keynote | Betzy Chavez  | Pride, Culture and Resilience

Session 1 | Jenn Guerrero and Isabel Quíñonez  | Knowledge is Power: Understanding Important Topics That Impact English Learners

March 1st

Session 2 | Marta Gomez | Informative practices on trauma and building resilience for families and educators

Community Resource Fair | Learn about free resources and services offered for families in Sonoma County

Summative ELPAC Updates

Date: 01/31/2022
Author: Jenn Guerrero

With the Summative ELPAC window opening on February 1st, please see these important updates from the CDE. 

Student Teachers May Administer Spring 2022 Assessments

Because of the continuing challenges related to COVID-19, including local educational agency (LEA) staffing shortages, some LEAs are asking for clarification on including student teachers as potential ELPAC test examiners and CAASPP test administrators and test examiners. Testing regulations state that ELPAC test examiners and CAASPP test administrators must be an employee or contractor of the LEA. Depending on their local agreement with the student teacher, if the student teacher is considered an employee or contractor, LEAs may allow the student teacher to administer the Summative ELPAC and the CAASPP tests during the spring 2022 administration window. Before the student teacher administers these assessments, the following conditions must be met:

-The student teacher must be appropriately trained.

-The student teacher must sign a security affidavit.

One exception is the test examiner for CAASPP alternate assessments, who must be an employee of the LEA or contractor of an LEA or a nonpublic school. These test examiners must be familiar with a student’s preferred mode of communication to administer an alternate assessment. In addition, student teachers may not be trained as test examiners to administer the CAASPP alternate assessments, as they are not certificated or licensed.

Remote Testing for Summative Assessments

Remote administration of both the CAASPP and ELPAC—during which a remote test session is administered through a computer-based system while either the student(s) or test administrator is not on-site—will continue to be available for the 2021–22 administration year. Remote administration is intended as an option for local educational agencies (LEAs) only when students are receiving remote instruction. Students receiving in-person instruction should be tested in person.

All remote test administrations should follow the Test Administration Manual in order to ensure a fair and reliable administration. The Test Administration Manual will contain a new chapter specific to remote testing preparation and administration. That chapter is being finalized and will be available in the coming weeks.

Leilan, Student
"I like Amarosa because there's a much smaller student count and so teachers can be one-on-one with you. They can actually help you and be one-on-one with you while the class is doing something else. I feel like that's a huge game-changer." - Leilan, Student