OPAL Institute

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The Center for Equity for English Learners presents a three-day interactive series on teaching and learning for grades Pre K-12, featuring the Observation Protocol for Academic Literacies. The OPAL is a tool for guiding reflective teaching practice for English Language Learners.

The OPAL Institute is designed for participants to: 

  • Build expertise in identifying and providing feedback on effective practices for ELLs
  • Examine critical aspects of engagement and interaction for ELLs
  • Learn how to identify topics for differentiated professional development based on OPAL observations
  • Become certified OPAL trainers upon completion of the three day institute

Educators who utilize students' cultural and linguistic resources while developing students' academic competencies have the potential to significantly transform schools and educational systems.

Who should attend?

  • District/School Leadership Teams
  • Site Administrators
  • Teachers/BTSA Mentors
  • English Language Learner Instructional Specialists/Program Coordinators
  • DAIT/SAIT Providers

What is OPAL?

The OPAL is an observation protocol that can be used as a tool for refining classroom practice in Pre K-12 diverse settings.‌

Key Features of OPAL

  • Research-based classroom observation instrument
  • Established as a reliable and valid classroom observation measure
  • Aligned to California and National Teaching Standards (CSTP/NBPTS)
  • Focused on essential components for working with ELLs in multilingual settings


Event Info

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Register early – Space is limited to 25 participants.

  • Dates: To Be Determined
  • Next Institute: To Be Determined
  • Time: To Be Determined
  • Location: To Be Determined
  • Cost: $625 per person (Includes all materials, The OPAL Training Manual, and meals) 
  • Early Bird Rate: $595 
  • Potential Funding Sources: Title III, Title I
  • University parking rates apply!

For more information or support with registration contact CEEL's Senior Administrative Coordinator, Angela Ortiz, at angela.ortiz@lmu.edu or (310) 338-7308.