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As part of state support for enacting the visionary 2017 California English Learner Roadmap policy, the legislature and California Department of Education funded two grants – one of which helped create EL RISE! (English Learner Roadmap Implementation for Systemic Excellence). Three main agencies lead the work of EL RISE!: Californians Together, Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL), and Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL).

Under Californians Together’s leadership, these agencies provide research-based professional learning to multiple educator roles across 20 County Offices of Education who collectively serve 76.7% of the state’s English Learners. Across three years, EL RISE! provided professional learning to support the EL Roadmap policy to 13,405 educators representing 547 local education agencies across the state.