Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL)

The Center for Equity for English Learners enriches and supports the work of schools, school systems, education/community partners, and policy makers through an assets-based approach.  CEEL exists to serve unique academic, social, and language needs of linguistically and culturally diverse students in California and throughout the nation.  CEEL’s staff provides consistent high quality services including research and evaluation, policy and advocacy, and resources and professional learning

Dr. Elvira Armas, Director of Programs and Partnerships shares LAUSD's commitment to professional learning & student programs through the implementation of the SEAL model.

Upcoming Events

Teaching Academic Spanish in Grades Pre K-12 Certificate

Loyola Marymount University (LMU), in partnership with CABE, are offering a new Academic Spanish Certificate Program for teachers. This is a one year program in Spanish geared specifically for Spanish speakers and teachers in bilingual/dual language programs for the purpose of increasing their Academic Spanish language skills.

Course 1: Review of Spanish Linguistics and Biliteracy
September 18, 2019 - November 20, 2019

Course 2: Academic Spanish for the Language Arts and Social Studies Instructional Program
January 15, 2020 - March 4, 2020

Course 3: Academic Spanish for the Science and Math Instructional Program
March 25, 2020 - June 3, 2020

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Transitional Kindergarten/Early Childhood Education

This distinctive certificate is designed to provide Early Childhood and Transitional Kindergarten teachers with expertise to create and design effective learning environments, curriculum, and instruction that are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate for young learners. The Early Childhood/Transitional Kindergarten Teaching Certificate, offered by CEEL, consists of a three-course program of study with a combination of real-time webinars and on-line sessions. This program expands the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of credentialed multiple subject educators through the following courses:

Course 1: Designing Modified Curricula for TK/ECE
October 10, 2019 - December 12, 2019

Course 2: Fostering Family/Community Engagement for TK/ECE
January 16, 2020 - March 5, 2020

Course 3: Using Assessment to Support Early Learning and Development in Early Childhood and Transitional Kindergarten
March 19, 2020 - May 28, 2020

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  • 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 here.

  • 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

    The 2019 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 2019 STARTALK-LMU Mandarin Teacher Summer Institute.

    The 2019 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 2019 STARTALK-LMU Mandarin Student Summer Immersion Program.