The California English Learner Roadmap passed unanimously by the State Board of Education in 2017, and it marked a sea-change from previous state English learner policies. It is aspirational, principles-based, comprehensive, research-informed, and takes an assets-oriented approach toward students. From addressing every aspect of schooling that impacts English learners to embracing the language and cultures that students bring to the classroom—the roadmap represents a major break from the past.
To ensure such an aspirational policy can become a reality, the California legislature, in 2020, funded a $10 million in 3-year Educator Workforce Investment Grants for EL Roadmap Implementation. One of those grants was awarded to Californians Together for the EL RISE! (English Learner Roadmap Implementation for Systemic Excellence) partnership.
The reports and videos presented here summarize key findings from the three-year statewide capacity-building effort, share conclusions about what it will take at all levels (state, county office, local district, school sites, and classrooms) to meaningfully implement the EL Roadmap, and offer recommendations for continuing work to give life to the promise of the California EL Roadmap policy.
Moving the California English Learner Roadmap Forward: Lessons Learned From EL RISE!
This report summarizes key findings from the three-year statewide capacity-building effort, shares conclusions about what it will take at all levels (state, county office, local district, school sites, and classrooms) to meaningfully implement the EL Roadmap, and offers recommendations for continuing work to give life to the promise of the California EL Roadmap policy.
Bright Spots: Five Districts Move the English Learner Roadmap Forward
This Bright Spots publication is comprised of selected examples that illustrate what it looks like to implement the English Learner Roadmap from TK to 12 at a district level. Although the contexts and journeys of these dive districts differ, this publication highlights visionary leadership, investments in professional learning and capacity building, and the development of district-level systems for coherence and sustainability, as common threads.
Moving the California English Learner Roadmap Forward: The Pivotal Role of County Offices of Education
This publication tells the story of one of the Sacramento County Office of Education, and its three-year journey that would deepen understanding and ownership for addressing and embracing English learners throughout the departments and functions of the COE.
Moving the EL Roadmap Forward – 3 minute version
Moving the EL Roadmap Forward: Vision and Principles
Azusa Unified: Moving the EL Roadmap Forward
Moving the EL Roadmap Forward at the District Level
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