Sonoma County Office of Education

Professional Development

EL workshops, conferences, and online learning opportunities are designed to provide professional development to help teachers, administrators, and para-professionals improve instructional programs for second-language learners.

EL Collaborative Drop-In Sessions
These monthly meetings provide collaboration and networking opportunities for specialists, teachers, and coordinators who work with English learners. Scheduled in the morning, the 3-hour sessions include study of relevant English learner topics, sharing and analysis of instructional activities, presentations, and readings.

English Learner Leadership Conference
This popular one-day conference provides a venue for administrators and teacher-leaders to gather tools that will enhance instructional programs for English learners. The conference is held annually in February. Resources from past conferences

Parent Leadership Institute
Recognizing the critical role that parents play in the education of their children, SCOE hosts an annual professional development training designed specifically for parents of English learners.

Districts and school sites can access EL Services staff for tailored staff development and coaching regarding program, curriculum, instruction, and student achievement. Initial support is provided as a free service; extended time and resources are fee-based.

Professional Learning Resources

Language Magazine
Language Magazine is a monthly periodical focused on language and literacy education. Selected articles are available on the Language Magazine website.

Learning the Language Blog
This Education Week blog is written by education reporter Lesli Maxwell, who has worked both inside and outside of major school systems. She explores the education, policy, and social issues surrounding English learners in U.S. schools.

Understanding Language
This multi-agency initiative aims to heighten educator awareness of the critical role that language plays in the new Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

Sample Lessons

Watch | See how Haley Piazza uses rehearsal strategies to actively engage students.


These videos highlight strategies for improving instruction for English learners and provide resources for implementation and further study.

Kindergarten ELD | Video | Lesson Plan | Related Brief
Teacher Brandy Raymond is shown presenting an ELD lesson she developed using a lesson planning format that emphasizes overt language objectives.