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.

English Language Acquisition Consortium (ELAC) 

Target Audience: District Administrators

The goal of the English Language Acquisition Consortium (ELAC) 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. ELAC 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.

ELAC meetings will be held twice in the Fall and twice in the Spring. Dates and times will be posted soon, Please contact Ellen Arenas, (650) 802-5332 for resources shared during the school year or earlier.

 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.

  • 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.
  • Future guidance about how 2021 graduates can meet the CAASPP requirement and earn the SSB is coming in the near future.
  • 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


Phone: (650) 802-5348

Erica Ng

Coordinator, English Learner Support Services


Phone: (650) 802-5659

Ellen Arenas

Administrative Assistant, Curriculum and Instruction (CIS)


Phone: (650) 802-5332