• The English Learner Leaders' Community of Practice (EL Leaders' CoP)

    Working in the most diverse county in the United States affords us the rare privilege of supporting students with vastly different cultures and linguistic needs. Join fellow language and literacy colleagues as we explore ways in which to empower teachers’ pedagogical practices and students’ voices through communal
    discussion around policy, program implementation, and resources.

    Content from each meeting will include updates from the California Department of
    Education (CDE)’s Bilingual Coordinators Network and the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC)’s ELA/ELD Subcommittee, as well as opportunities to learn from leaders in the county through district spotlights and networking.

    The current version of this community of practice began on March 17, 2020.

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    2020-2021 Meeting Dates

    • August 12, 2020
    • September 9, 2020
    • October 14, 2020
    • November 4, 2020**
    • December 9, 2020
    • January 13, 2021
    • February 10, 2021
    • March 3, 2021**
    • April 14, 2021
    • May 12, 2021
    • June 2, 2021**

    **All meetings will be held from 3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, with the exception of the dates with asterisks. These are special, cross-curricular CoP meetings.


    This Community of Practice is open to district administrators, site administrators, coaches, and teachers who play an active role in the programmatic decisions and best practices necessary to support English learners in our county. If are interested in attending our meetings, please register here.

    Meeting Resources

    March 17, 2020 Virtual Meeting: Slides and Recorded Meeting


    • What are some EL Distance Learning Resources we can send home?
    • What are some PD opportunities that focus on Integrated or Designated ELD for teachers as they work from home?
    • What are some ways in which districts can communicate with families?
    • Is Designated ELD mandatory still?
      • Yes, although no state guidance has been given. LEAs have the flexibility to determine how services will be provided to ELs. There is no minimum number of minutes required.
    • What is happening with the OPTEL Field Test?
      • It has been suspended due to an inability to observe students in a classroom setting at this time.
    • What is the current status of the Summative ELPAC Assessment?
      • This, too, has been suspended for the time being.
      • Hold all completed K-2 answer books secure until further notice.
      • The designated entry interface will remain available for LEAs to input students' scores for the speaking domain.
    • What is the current status of the Initial ELPAC Assessment?
      • As of now, the Initial ELPAC has not been suspended. If students did not complete this test in spring 2020 due to COVID-19, ensure this reason is documented in the student’s cumulative record or file
        ELAs should administer the Initial ELPAC at the beginning of the 2020-2021 academic year when the students re-enroll into their new grade. LEAs will have 30 days from the first day of enrollment to complete testing, score, and notify parents of results. The Initial ELPAC administration window opens July 1.
    • Will a 2020-2021 Initial ELPAC Administration and Scoring Training still be held?
      • In-person training has been cancelled and will now be made available in an online format with certification of completion
        Online training will be available through Moodle training site beginning May 2020; a letter will be going out in mid-April to coordinators with this information.
    • What is the guidance on reclassification?
      • Criterion 1: LEAs can use the results for students who completed the 2019-2020 Summative ELPAC in the spring to determine reclassification eligibility. CDE is looking at ways to offer an optional Summative ELPAC administration window in the late summer/fall, so that LEAs can administer the ELPAC to students who did not complete testing in the spring.
      • Criterion 4: For all grade levels, LEAs can use local assessments or the SBAC ELA assessments from 2018-2019, if available and applicable.
    • Is the State Seal of Biliteracy being offered this school year?
      • Yes. The process for requesting insignia has not changed. Additional guidance is being developed. CDE is seeking an executive order to be able to modify these requirements. Order insignia for all students who have met requirements; if you ID some students later because requirements are adjusted, you can fill out another request form (even after the student graduates).