SMCOE supports administrators in ensuring English learner success by providing information on state and federal requirements, policies, and best practices and by creating opportunities for administrators to network and share their experience and knowledge with each other. Learn more about professional development opportunities, resources, and other information for teachers and other educators.

Multilingual English Learner Consortium

Target Audience: District Administrators

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.

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Professional Development through EL RISE! 2022-2023


Dual Language Pedagogy Institute for Elementary Teachers

Session 1: September 22,2022 9:00-11:00 A.M.  
Session 2: October 11,2022 9:00-11:00 A.M.  
Session 3: November 1, 2022 9:00-1100 A.M.  
Session 4: December 13, 2022 9:00-11:00 A.M. 

Register HERE for all four sessions  Cost: FREE

  • The Elementary Dual Language Pedagogy Institute for Elementary Teachers develops the foundation and strategies that teachers need in order to implement effective, transformative, and sustainable dual language programs. Bilingual teachers will learn specific skills and strategies for:
    • grounding their work in bilingual pedagogy,
    • strategically coordinating authentic literacy instruction,
    • facilitating learning that capitalizes on cross language connections and the power of the bilingual brain, 
    • leveraging their students and families cultural and linguistic assets.

For more information contact: Gracie Hough at

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.

Seal of Biliteracy Pathway Awards

  • San Mateo County Office of Education, in partnership with participating districts, implements a progression of Pathway Awards from preschool through middle school recognizing benchmarks towards biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy, which certifies attainment of functional proficiency in two or more languages, will be awarded to qualifying high school seniors upon graduation. The rationale behind celebrating biliteracy is to:
    • Recognize and value students' biliteracy skills
    • Encourage students to study languages
    • Encourage family and community support of the development of the home language and the study of additional languages
    • Certify attainment of biliteracy
    • Strengthen intergroup relationships, affirm the value of diversity, and honor the multiple cultures and languages of a community
    • Provide universities with a method to recognize biliteracy
    • Provide employers with a method of identifying people with language and biliteracy skills
    • Prepare students with 21st-century skills


Gracie Estrella

Coordinator, English Learner Support Services


Phone: (650) 802-5348

Gerry Lopez, Ed. D.

Coordinator, English Learner Support Services


Phone: (650) 802-5345