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Community Engagement Survey

Date: 02/07/2019
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Please see below for information from the CDE regarding an important opportunity to provide input around community engagement.

The California Engagement Initiative is funded by the State of California to build the engagement capacity of school districts and their communities, with the ultimate focus of improving student outcomes. The San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools (SBCSS), the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE, a statewide agency), and two community-based organizations, the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) and Families In Schools (FIS) are leading this effort.

Together, these four entities are designing and will operate networks of district teams to help identify effective models of community engagement and metrics to evaluate those models. These district teams will include individuals from many different perspectives - from students and their families to school site staff to district administrators to staff from the local county office of education.

The four entities are seeking your input through this anonymous survey on the substance as well as the design and structure of the networks. Your input will be invaluable in creating effective networks and in the ultimate success of the Initiative.

We would also like for you to share this survey with your education stakeholders. Please feel free to share this with your networks. 

Take the survey HERE


January EL Collaborative Follow up

Date: 01/24/2019
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Please see below for materials and resources from the January 24, 2019 EL Collaborative.

Slide deck

Conversational Capacity excerpt

17-18 ELPAC Summative Scale Score Ranges

18-19 ELPAC Summative Scale Score Ranges

EL Roadmap Rubric

Pixabay (free, high-resolution images)


Updated Reclassification Guidance for 201819

Date: 01/18/2019
Author: Jenn Guerrero

The California Department of Education (CDE) has provided new reclassification guidance for 2018-2019. We will discuss this at our next EL Collaborative on January 24th. 


Rescheduled Workshop: English Learners and Special Education

Date: 01/15/2019
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Sonoma County SELPA has rescheduled the canceled December session of English Learners and Special Education. The two new dates are February 7th and February 21st. This training will cover areas 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. 

Register for the 2/7/19 session

Register for the 2/21/19 session 


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. 

Question

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


ELPAC Results 101- REGISTER NOW!

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. 



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