Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL)

The Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL) 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.

Upcoming Events

Deans’ Leadership Institute on Responding to the Shortage of Bilingual Teachers: 2/28/20

The Loyola Marymount University Center for Equity for English Learners and Sobrato Family Foundation invite AICCU Deans to attend the 3rd convening of California deans of schools and colleges of education and bilingual teacher education leaders in response to the state’s shortage of bilingual teachers. Join us for a day-long institute that will support the design and preparation of program and curriculum documents to support the development and expansion of bilingual teacher authorization program offerings at your home institutions.
Key outcomes include:
1. Apply current policies and research to support the design and implementation of bilingual teacher preparation programs at your institutions.
2. Build on current institutional initiatives to expand program/curriculum offerings in response to the new developments of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing’s bilingual authorization standards.
3. Support and collaborate with bilingual teacher education faculty in the development of new program submissions, and/or refinement of currently existing bilingual teacher preparation programs or coursework at your institution.

Travel costs are included and space is limited. Registration is open from January 10, 2020 to February 10, 2020.  To register click here.

For questions, please email

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

Teaching Academic Spanish in
Grades Pre K-12 Certificate

Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is 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
February 6, 2020 - March 26, 2020

Course 2: Academic Spanish for the Language Arts and Social Studies Instructional Program
April 16, 2020 - June 4, 2020

Course 3: Academic Spanish for the Science and Math Instructional Program
September 24, 2020 - November 12, 2020

Click here for more information.

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

Click here for more information.


  • 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.