Sonoma County Office of Education

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


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EL Collaborative- Tomorrow! 3:00pm

Date: 09/23/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Our first session will be held virtually tomorrow, September 24th from 3:00pm-4:30pm. Please note the time change. In the future, when sessions are held in-person they will be conducted from 9:00am-12:00pm at SCOE. 
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/93754653257
Meeting ID: 937 5465 3257
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+1 669 900 6833


45 Day Extension Signed by the Governor

Date: 09/21/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

SB 820, the clean-up trailer bill, was signed by the Governor on Friday, September 18, 2020. Included, is an extension of the timeline for the initial assessment of pupils for English language proficiency using the ELPAC by 45 calendar days for the 2020-21 fiscal year. 

This will be discussed further at the EL Collaborative on Thursday. 


Reminder- EL Collaborative 9/24 at 3:00pm

Date: 09/15/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Our first session will be held virtually on Thursday, September 24th from 3:00pm-4:30pm. Please note the time change. In the future, when sessions are held in-person they will be conducted from 9:00am-12:00pm at SCOE. 
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/93754653257
Meeting ID: 937 5465 3257
One tap mobile
+1 669 900 6833


ELPAC Test Administration Options and New Policy Brief

Date: 09/03/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

ELPAC Test Administration Options

Educational Testing Services (ETS) has released guidance for ELPAC test administration

  • In-person or co-located
  • Remote computer-based 
  • Remote paper-pencil 

 

New Policy Brief from Californians Together

Californians Together has released School Closure: A Review of COVID-19 Operations Written Report. For more information and to read the brief, please see here


Welcome!

Date: 09/01/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Welcome to the 2020-2021 EL Collaborative 
Our first session will be held virtually on Thursday, September 24th from 3:00pm-4:30pm. Please note the time change. In the future, when sessions are held in-person they will be conducted from 9:00am-12:00pm at SCOE. 
 
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/93754653257
Meeting ID: 937 5465 3257
One tap mobile
+1 669 900 6833
 
EL Updates Session 
If you were unable to attend the EL Updates session on August 31st here is the video recording and the slide deck


Reminder- EL Updates Session on Monday

Date: 08/28/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Jenn Guerrero and Lyndsey Munn, Director of Continuous Improvement for Data and Assessment, will hold an EL Updates session on Monday, August 31st from 3:30pm-4:30pm. The session will cover changes in law and guidance since March that impact English learners and will provide the most current information. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about these topics. 

Join the session using this link: 

https://zoom.us/j/99070764787

Meeting ID: 990 7076 4787

+16699006833


Action Needed: EL Collaborative 20-21

Date: 08/26/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

If you have not done so already, please be sure to register for the 20-21 EL Collaborative.

Beginning September 1st, if you have not registered for the 20-21 ELC, you will no longer receive notifications from this page. 


Assessment Spotlight

Date: 08/21/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Please see the latest addition of the Assessment Spotlight, which features further clarification and additional information related to the administration of the Initial ELPAC and test administration options.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our EL Updates Session on Monday, August 31st from 3:30pm-4:30pm 

Jenn Guerrero and Lyndsey Munn, Director of Continuous Improvement for Data and Assessment, will hold an EL Updates session on Monday, August 31st from 3:30pm-4:30pm. The session will cover changes in law and guidance since March that impact English learners and will provide the most current information. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about these topics. 

Join the session using this link: 

https://zoom.us/j/99070764787

Meeting ID: 990 7076 4787

+16699006833


Important Update for ELPAC Administration

Date: 08/17/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Arrangements can be made for one on one appointments for Initial ELPAC and Optional ELPAC Summative testing.  A waiver is not required for one on one testing.  Conducting assessments outdoors is the preferred methodology. Standard health and safety precautions should be used. It is suggested to use plexiglass dividers, masks for both the student and adult and gloves (for the person conducting assessments). Any shared surfaces should be sanitized.  Educational Testing Systems (ETS and the CDE) have collaborated to provide specific testing guidelines for in-person test administration.  Remote testing will also be an option this year; guidelines on remote test administration are forthcoming. 


20-21 EL Collaborative

Date: 08/15/2020
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Please fill out this very brief survey indicating which time frame works best for you to attend our virtual EL Collaborative sessions in 20-21. 

If you have not done so already, please be sure to register for the 20-21 EL Collaborative. Beginning September 1st, you will not receive notifications from this page unless you are registered for the current school year. 




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