Sonoma County Office of Education

English Learner Services


Through its English Learner (EL) Services department, SCOE provides support focused on strengthening instructional programs and ensuring the academic success of second-language learners. The EL Services department offers professional development, coaching, and support services to assist schools in enhancing the capacity of instructional staff and meeting legal mandates with a goal of raising English learner achievement.


EL Collaborative, 2015-16
These bi-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. Meetings for 2015-16 are scheduled for 9:00am-12:00pm on the following dates. Please register online to attend these sessions.

September 18, 2015
November 10, 2015
January 26, 2016
March 15, 2016
May 17, 2016

English Learner Leadership Conference Resources
The 2015 Conference on February 3 featured keynote speakers Dr. Patricia Gándara and Dr. Harold Asturias. Additional speakers were featured in breakout sessions covering a range of topics. See the presentation slides and handouts.

Presentation Slides: Empowering Parents of English Learners through LCFF
This mid-November workshop gave parents of English learners, EL coordinators, and other representatives of District English Learner Advisory Committees and Parent Advisory Committees an opportunity to review the purpose and responsibilities of these committees under the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).

Presentation Slides in English (pdf)
Presentation Slides in Spanish (pdf)

ALLIES Series Training
The ALLIES Project focuses on research-based teaching and assessment practices that meet the needs of EL students and build system-wide capacity for success. The following resources are provided to support educators attending this training series. All documents are PDFs unless otherwise noted.

Day 3, April 2015
Morning Presentation: Integrated & Designated ELD
Frames and Observation Rubrics
Afternoon Presentation: Instructional Capacity Building
Article on Instructional Capacity Building, by Ann Jaquith
Buffalo Soldiers Article
Buffalo Soldiers Lyric
FDR Speech

Day 2, March 2015
Presentation Slides
Academic/Social Language
Argumentation Activities
Constructive Conversation Skills Poster
Conversation Analysis Model, 5th Grade
Conversation Analysis Model, 8th Grade
Conversation Analysis Model, 10th Grade
Conversation Analysis Model, Scoring Rationales
FDR Speech
Food Web Observations
Fortify a Conversation
Main Idea and Supporting Details
Math Constructive Conversation Skills Poster
Math Paired Constructive Conversation Protocol

Day 1, February 2015
Presentation Slides
Constructive Conversation Skills Poster
Essential Practice Frames
Prewriting Think Sheet, Instructions and Template
Prewriting Think Sheet, Example