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CEEL's goals are to:


  • Develop research tools and methods to address critical questions related to the education of ELs
  • Provide professional development pathways for teachers and educational leaders to address the needs of ELs
  • Compile resources to support schools and educational institutions working with ELs
  • Partner with individuals, organizations and institutions that will inform and engage the educational community working with ELs

The Center for Equity for English Learners was established in 2006, with support from Bank of America.

The OPAL (Observation Protocol for Academic Literacies):

Next Training: TBD
For more information, visit CEEL's OPAL Institute  page.

Join us for an interactive three-day series focusing on teaching and learning in linguistically diverse classrooms.  Click here to be notified when the next training is scheduled. Click here for more Information¬†on the OPAL Institute, or for online registration.

2015 STARTALK-LMU Mandarin Student Summer Immersion Program

Thank you for your inquiry and interest in the LMU-STARTALK Student Program.  The Online application for the Student Summer Immersion Program is now closed.This year our requirement and commitment to the STARTALK program was to offer the opportunity at one central location in the Los Angeles area;  thus we received an increased number of applications from students in many school districts across Los Angeles.  The demand for this free program is much higher, yet space is limited.

Regarding the process for acceptance, as indicated during the registration process, all applicants were not guaranteed a spot in the program due to space limitation for each grade level.  Maximum capacity varied by grade level.  We have currently reached maximum capacity for each class, and there are no available spots.  As we receive confirmation from those who were accepted into the program, we will continue to review class rosters and grade-level waiting lists which are based on the order our system received each registration form.  However, please be aware that the order varies by grade level capacity given that we have a different number of allotted spaces per grade level. If space becomes available, you will receive an update after June 5, 2015.

Academic Spanish for the Language Arts and Social Studies Instructional Program
4/22/15 - 6/10/15 Wednesdays 4:00 – 7:00 PM (4 webinar sessions plus 4 online modules)
The objective of this course is to increase teachers’ abilities in the use of academic level Spanish in the language arts and social science content areas. Participants will become familiar with CCSS for Spanish language arts and social studies instruction. Registration: https://registration.xenegrade.com/lmuextension/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=3048

*Successful completion of three, four (4) unit courses with a grade of “B” or better is required to earn the Certificate.  Participants can earn a total of up to 12 continuing education units.  Prior to course enrollment, participants should check district requirements for CEU acceptance and salary point equivalency.

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Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL)


Associate Director

Assistant Director
Gisela O'Brien, Ph.D. 

Senior Administrative Coordinator

Angela Ortiz 

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