Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL)

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The Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL) was established in 2006 for the purpose of improving educational outcomes of the state's 1.5 million English Learners and the nation's 3.5 million English Learners by pursuing equity and excellence in their education through research, professional development, partnerships, and policy.

Dr. Magaly Lavadenz, Executive Director of CEEL, reflects on the center's 10 Years of ACTION.

Upcoming Events

Transitional Kindergarten/Early Childhood Education

Course 1: Designing Modified Curricula for TK/ECE
September 6, 2018 - October 25, 2018

The objective of this course is for teachers to become familiar with early learning standards and the development of young children in order to develop expectations of success based on a preschool to kindergarten continuum of learning. Distance-learning course via webcasts and online sessions. Click here for more information.

Teaching Mandarin in PreK-12

Course 3ab: Assessment Basics
September 11, 2018 – November 13, 2018

This course introduces principles and concepts of assessment. Distance-learning course via webcasts and online sessions. Click here for more information.

OPAL Trainings

Fall 2018 LACOE OPAL Series #1
October 18, 19, & November 8, 2018

In partnership with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), CEEL is pleased to announce an upcoming OPAL Institute opportunity. Learn more

Featured CEEL Programs


    The 2018 STARTALK-LMU Mandarin Teacher Summer Institute continues to support LMU’s Chinese Bilingual Teacher Education Program. The Center for Equity for English Learners offers a second pathway for Mandarin Program Educators interested in extending their professional development through the Teaching Mandarin in PreK-12 Settings Certificate Program. The Certificate, offered through LMU Extension, serves Mandarin teachers who are TK-12 credentialed, non-credentialed, and heritage language teachers.

    Learn more about the 2018 STARTALK-LMU Mandarin Teacher Summer Institute.

    The 2018 STARTALK-LMU Mandarin Student Summer Immersion Program will offer a No-Cost Chinese Summer Immersion program for current kindergarten through third grade students. We will offer standards-aligned arts and movement, target language instruction in Mandarin delivered by credentialed teachers, and focus on enriching arts, literature, and cultural learning activities. Through our partnership with local artists, a Chinese artist in residence will provide authentic, guided cultural activities for students. Teacher student ratios will ensure quality, small group instruction through this two week long program. Students will participate for 4 instructional hours per day, Monday through Friday for two weeks.

    Learn more about the 2018 STARTALK-LMU Mandarin Student Summer Immersion Program.

  • Jornada Pedagógica

    A professional development conference that is entirely in Spanish. Don't miss the opportunity to listen, use, and dialogue in Spanish in academic contexts! This institute is designed for bilingual teachers working in bilingual or dual-language immersion programs, as well as for Spanish speakers and parents who want to promote the use of Spanish in their families and communities.

    Learn more about previous Jornada Pedagógicas.

  • OPAL Institute

    CEEL presents a three-day interactive series on teaching and learning for grades Pre K-12, featuring the Observation Protocol for Academic Literacies (OPAL). The OPAL Institute 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