The Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL) was established in 2006 with the purpose of improving educational outcomes for English Learners (ELs). The Center's research, policy and professional development agendas inform leadership and instructional practices for California's 1.2 million ELs and the nation's 5 million English Learners.


CEEL is committed to engaging with diverse stakeholders in the pursuit of equity and excellence in English Learner education by transforming educational systems and practices through the Center's research, policy and professional development agendas.

Mission and Goals

The Center for Equity for English Learners enriches and supports the work of schools, school systems, educational/community partners, and policy makers through an assets-based approach. CEEL exists to serve the 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, programs, resources, and professional development that promote equity and excellence for ELs and advance multilingualism. We hold the following goals to support this mission:

  • Develop research and policy tools related to the education of ELs.
  • Provide research-based professional development for teachers and educational leaders to address the needs of ELs.
  • Partner with individuals, organizations and institutions to engage the broader educational community.
  • Develop and compile resources to support schools and educational institutions working with ELs.

A Leader in Research

CEEL is committed to furthering research that builds capacity in the areas of teaching and learning, leadership and advocacy, assessment and planning, and educational reform and policy. Currently, little or no research exists that connects these areas to educating second language learners. CEEL proposes to contribute to this body of knowledge so as to positively affect the achievement of English Learners.

Professional Development

CEEL works collaboratively with other organizations to design professional development models that can be implemented and sustained over time to promote teacher inquiry and transformative avenues for deepening knowledge in critical areas affecting the education of English learners. These areas of focus include Multiculturalism, Language Teaching and Learning, Skills for the 21st Century, and Teacher Efficacy. The Center is a hub for information on Professional Development opportunities for educators and educational leaders working with English learners. It is dedicated to compiling and making resources available to educators, participants in programs of study, and other faculty and professionals who utilize the Center.