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


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Slide Deck for the February 2024 ML Collaborative

Date: 02/29/2024
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Thank you for attending the February 29, 2024 session of the Multilingual Learner Collaborative. The slide deck can be accessed here.


Upcoming Opportunities- Spread the Word!

Date: 01/25/2024
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Reviewing International Transcripts for Newcomer Students 

Monday, February 5th | 9:30am- 11:00am | SCOE

High school counselors are invited to attend this session focused on how to review international transcripts for newcomer students. Please pass on this information to all HS counselors in your district! To register, please fill out this form

 

Attention Sonoma County Educator-Artists

The Pa'lante Artist Grant Program is open for applications. This grant exists to economically advance artists to experience financial sustainability so that they thrive and grow through self-determination. Pa'lante will grow to support up to (5) arts and culture workers in Year 1 (2024-2025) with $30,000 in unrestricted funds, training, and increased connections to the local arts and business communities.  The deadline to apply is February 27th, please spread the word. More Information can be found here in English and Spanish

 

Latinos in Technology Scholarship

In addition to professional development and internship access, this opportunity will provide third and fourth-year undergraduate Latino students who have declared a major in a STEM-related field at a 4-year university with scholarships of up to $6,000 renewable for up to 3 years for a total of up to $18,000. Please pass this information on to previous students or anyone who might benefit from this information. More information can be found here.


Questions and Answers: ELPAC Interim Assessments

Date: 12/20/2023
Author: Jenn Guerrero

The following questions were asked at the December Multilingual Learner Collaborative regarding the ELPAC Interim Assessments. Please see the answers below.

 

1.What student scores are available for the standardized administration of the ELPAC Interim Assessment? 

Only domain level scores are generated.

 

2. Are there student writing exemplars available for the writing domain?

Yes. Log on to TOMS and then select “Resources”  from the top banner, and then select “ELPAC Interim Assessment Secure Materials” and the desired grade. Finally, select the “Training Guide and Exemplars” link.

 

3. In a nonstandardized administration, can a teacher print out materials for the students? 

Yes, you can print ELPAC IAs for in-class use only. As these are secure materials ,they should be destroyed after use. They may not be sent home. 


December 14th Slide Deck

Date: 12/14/2023
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Thank you for joining us for the December 14, 2023 Multilingual Learner Collaborative. 

Please see here for the slide deck.


HAVE YOU REGISTERED YET? SCOE Multilingual Learner Leadership Conference

Date: 12/11/2023
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Teachers, administrators, TOSAs, counselors, specialists, and paraprofessionals are warmly invited to attend SCOE’s annual Multilingual Learner Leadership Conference on January 19, 2024.

Breakout sessions this year include 

  • Choosing Honor Over Power

  • Revolutionizing Multilingual Education Begins with Me

  • Balancing Conviction with Compliance: Developing a Strategic Plan for Multilingual Learners

  • N.O.P.A.L.I.T.O.S. (Never give up, Opportunity, Plan and prepare, Action, Lead, Innovate, Team, Observe, Stay humble.)

  • Creating Effective Designated ELD Lessons to Promote Authentic Communication in the Elementary Classroom

  • Sustaining the Cultural and Linguistic Wealth of Multilingual Students

  • See You on the Other Side: The Amarosa Community School Mural Project

  • Cosechando Conexiones con Poesia: Poetry as Teaching, Healing, and Resistance

 This year’s conference theme, Voices of Light, asks its presenters and participants to investigate the question, “How might we celebrate and honor the voices of multilingual learners to co-create practices of belonging?”  Keynote speakers include LTC Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, Ret.and Dr. Luz Yadira Herrera

Register Today


Advancing Multilingual Excellence in the Classroom

Date: 12/05/2023
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Register today for a FREE Virtual professional learning opportunity on December 12th  focused on Effective Language Acquisition Programs and elevating instruction for multilingual learners.  Please see this flier for more information. 


REGISTER TODAY! SCOE Multilingual Learner Leadership Conference

Date: 11/29/2023
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Teachers, administrators, TOSAs, counselors, specialists, and paraprofessionals are warmly invited to attend SCOE’s annual Multilingual Learner Leadership Conference. Participants will engage with the most current research, tools, and practices needed to ensure that multilingual learners thrive and excel in our school systems. Sessions will be tailored for elementary, secondary, and TK-12. 

This year’s conference theme, Voices of Light, asks its presenters and participants to investigate the question, “How might we celebrate and honor the voices of multilingual learners to co-create practices of belonging?”  Keynote speakers include LTC Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, Ret.and Dr. Luz Yadira Herrera. To learn more about breakout sessions and to register, click here.


ELPAC & CAASPP New Coordinator Trainings

Date: 10/22/2023
Author: Jenn Guerrero

These trainings are designed for LEA coordinators who have been in their role for less than 12 months or want a refresher on the coordinator responsibilities.

The training sessions will 

  • review tasks associated with preparing for testing;
  • cover how to support sites during testing; and
  • assist coordinators in planning for post-test activities such as gathering feedback from site coordinators and test administrators.

Click here to find a training


New Webinar Series: Exploring the Field of Newcomer Education

Date: 09/23/2023
Author: Jenn Guerrero

In this series of webinars running through March, expert practitioners and researchers will share their knowledge on emerging best practices, resources, and knowledge that support newcomer education. The webinars are a project of the California Newcomer Education and Wellbeing Program (CalNEW), an ongoing initiative administered by the California Department of Social Services in collaboration with the CDE. Register here.


FREE! The Best of GLAD: High Leverage Strategies for Multilingual Learners

Date: 09/19/2023
Author: Jenn Guerrero

Monday, 11/13 and Tuesday, 11/14  | 8:30am- 3:00pm | at SCOE

The Best of GLAD Workshop is designed to support teachers in implementing standards-based content through sketching, pictures, chants and media with corresponding academic language. Deep cognition is developed through well-designed lessons building upon brain, biliteracy, language acquisition and reading and writing research. Participants will explore effective, engaging strategies to scaffold the development of academic language and literacy, while strengthening content comprehension of all learners. This interactive workshop also navigates Designated/Integrated ELD and SEL strategies which support and celebrate our multilingual learners.

This professional learning opportunity is open only to Sonoma County educators. Since space is limited to 50 educators, each LEA may only send up to two people. Register here.




Amie Carter, Sonoma County Superintendent
"The mission of the Sonoma County Office of Education is to foster student success through service to schools, students, and the community." - Amie Carter, Sonoma County Superintendent