The San Mateo County Office of Education, English Learner Services department supports English learner achievement by providing teachers, counselors, and other school staff opportunities for collaboration, communication, and networking. Resources and professional learning opportunities, including support for the CA English Language Development standards (2012), the English Learner Roadmap Policy and the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) are available to support and sustain leadership development, curriculum and instruction, and achievement for English Learners.

The California English Learner Roadmap provides guidance to local educational agencies (LEAs) in order to welcome, understand, and educate the diverse population of students who are English learners attending California public schools.



English Learner Roadmap Implementation for Systematic Excellence! (EL RISE!) and the Educator Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG)

El Rise English Learner Roadmap Implementation for Systemic ExcellenceCalTog, in collaboration with the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) and Loyola Marymount University Center for Equity for English Learners (LMU-CEEL), has been awarded a grant from the California Department of Education (CDE) to support statewide implementation of the visionary and comprehensive California EL Roadmap Policy adopted by the State Board of Education in 2017. San Mateo County is proud to announce that we are in partnership with Californian’s Together (CalTog) in the implementation of the EWIG grant.

This partnership, also known as EL RISE! (PDF), is a momentum-building, professional learning and system strengthening effort with the goal of enacting the vision of assets-oriented, student responsive, intellectually rich education that provides meaningful access for all English learners—in a system that is aligned to support teaching, learning and accountability. To learn about the workshop opportunities San Mateo County Office is offering through this grant see below.

Upcoming Professional Offerings:


December 13, 2022
March 8, 2023

State and Federal & Multilingual English Learner Consortium (MELC)

The goal of the Multilingual English Learner Consortium is to support districts in aligning their current practices with state and federal requirements for English learner success. It provides school district representatives with an opportunity to meet regularly and offers a support mechanism for implementing effective English learner programs. These meetings provide current and accurate information regarding English learners, resources, discussion, and networking opportunities with educators in similar roles. Occasionally, guest speakers are invited to provide expert advice on current issues.

If you would like to be added to our listserv, please email sdi@smcoe.org.

San Mateo County Office of Education will be hosting the next two Reclassification Collaborative meetings virtually; please email jmatsuura@smcoe.org for more information:

  • Reclassification Collaborative
January 13, 2023
  • Reclassification Collaborative
May 12, 2023

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

The English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) is the required state test for English language proficiency that must be given to students whose primary language is a language other than English. 


California State Seal of Biliteracy

The State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one or more languages in addition to English. This achievement is marked by a gold seal on the diploma or transcript of the graduate.

San Mateo County Office of Education, in partnership with participating districts, implements a progression of Pathway Awards and gives the Seal of Biliteracy to qualifying high school seniors upon graduation. For more information, please visit our Sate, Federal and Multilingual Learners page .





Gracie Estrella

Coordinator, English Learner Support Services

Email: gestrella@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5348

Gerry Lopez, Ed. D.

Coordinator, English Learner Support Services

Email: glopez@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5345