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.

See below for the 2020-2021 school year meetings which are held alongside the State & Federal Support meetings. To find the materials shared in the 2020-2021 meetings, please click here. You can find 2019-2020 meeting materials by clicking here.

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

10/2/2020 Zoom Meeting Recording

9/11/2020 Zoom Meeting Recording

State and Federal Support & Multilingual English Learner Consortium

OCT 30
2020

State and Federal Support & Multilingual English Learner Consortium

DEC 11
2020

State and Federal Support & Multilingual English Learner Consortium

JAN 22
2021

State and Federal Support & Multilingual English Learner Consortium

MAR 5
2021

State and Federal Support & Multilingual English Learner Consortium

APR 16
2021

State and Federal Support & Multilingual English Learner Consortium

MAY 14
2021

State and Federal Support & Multilingual English Learner Consortium

JUN 25
2021

 Bilingual Dual Immersion Network

Target Audience: Dual Language Immersion Educators

The Bilingual Dual Immersion Network brings together educators across our county to network, collaborate, and cultivate new learning centered on the latest policies, legislation, research, and grant opportunities focused on DL schools. The network aims to provide support and resources in order to uplift instructional practice, maintain program integrity, and infuse English Language Development. Meetings are open to district/school staff that have implemented or plan to implement a Dual Immersion or Language Immersion Program at their school site. 

California State Seal of Biliteracy

COVID-19 State Seal of Biliteracy Guidelines for 2019-20 and 2020-21 School Years

The following is a list of the highlights from the CDE’s State Seal of Biliteracy (SSB) FAQs update for 2020 or 2021. All information applies to graduates who were unable to take the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) or English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) or who did not receive a letter grade due to COVID-19 related school closures.

“The requirement to demonstrate English proficiency by passing the CAASPP ELA at the “standard met” level or above has been waived per EC Section 51461(d) for 2021 graduates who were not administered the CAASPP ELA during the 2019–20 school year due to COVID-19 related school closures. Therefore, 2021 graduates must demonstrate English proficiency for the SSB by completing all ELA requirements for graduation with an overall GPA of 2.0 or above in those classes (EC Section 51461[a][1]).”

  • There is no deadline to order insignias and insignias may be awarded to students after graduation.
  • Students who completed the required English language arts coursework through distance learning are still eligible for the SSB, as long as the students met all other requirements even if they were not awarded a letter grade.
  • Students who completed the required world language coursework through distance learning are eligible for the SSB as long as they met all other requirements, even if they were not awarded a letter grade for coursework completed through distance learning.
  • LEAs decide locally whether to require graded work from students during distance learning. LEAs should refer to their local distance learning grading and GPA calculation policies when awarding the SSB during the 2019-20 school year.
  • It is a local decision how to assess oral proficiency, but in order to earn the SSB, students must meet this requirement.
  • 2020 graduating seniors are not exempt from the CAASPP requirement for the SSB.
  • A World Language Advanced Placement (AP) score of 3 or higher can be used to demonstrate proficiency for the SSB.
  • For graduates who are English Learners and who were not administered the ELPAC due to school closures, an LEA may decide to award the SSB based on the student’s prior ELPAC score of 4 or higher.
  • The CDE has posted a full copy of the State Seal of Biliteracy Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs for the 2019-2020 and 2020-21 School Years.
     

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 Hough

Coordinator, English Learner Support Services

Email: ghough@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5348

Erica Ng

Coordinator, English Learner Support Services

Email: eng@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5659

Christian Morales-Aponte

Administrative Assistant, Bilingual

Email: cmaponte@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5307