- English Learner Roadmap
- Global CA 2030 Initiative
- Prop 58 EdGE Initiative
The California State Board of Education unanimously adopted the California English Learner Roadmap in July 2017. The EL Roadmap offers a vision and mission for CA's EL programs, policies, and practices, as well as guidance to local education agencies (LEAs) as they educate English Learners. It also defines four key principles with related elements to steer action. The principles of the EL Roadmap include:
- Assets-Oriented and Needs-Responsive Schools
- Intellectual Quality of Instruction and Meaningful Access
- System Conditions that Support Effectiveness
- Alignment and Articulation Within and Across Systems
CEEL is committed to supporting the vision of the EL Roadmap, as it offers a framework for centering equity in the education of English Learners. Read more at the California Department of Education's website.
EL Roadmap Resources to Support Students
California’s strength is in its diversity. As we navigate uncertain times and distance learning, it’s more important than ever that everyone in our schools has the tools and resources they need to support English Learners and Dual Language Learners. On May 11, we launched a new Resource Hub to bring the California English Learner Roadmap to life and make its vision a reality.
We’ve partnered with six leading organizations to gather resources from across the field that support key audiences – including families, educators, administrators, teacher educators and policymakers – as they work toward effective implementation of the EL Roadmap. Leveraging the strongest thinking and tools from advocates across the field, we will create a future where all Californian students will receive equitable opportunities starting from early childhood.
Together, we can create a future where all Californian students have the support they need to learn and thrive, starting in early childhood.
For more information and/or resources, please visit the English Learner Roadmap website.
In May 2018, CA State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Global CA 2030. This initiative is a call to action, urging parents, educators, and legislators to support a multilingual California, where students are proficient in more than one language. Global CA 2030 has set two main goals: (1) By 2030, half of all K–12 students will participate in programs leading to proficiency in two or more languages, either through a class, a program, or an experience, and (2) By 2040, three out of four students will be proficient in two or more languages and earn a State Seal of Biliteracy. The initiative also calls for greater numbers of both dual language programs and bilingual educator programs. Learn more on the CDE website.
Approved by voters in November 2016, the California Education for a Global Economy (EdGE) Initiative, otherwise known as Proposition 58, implemented the California Multilingual Act of 2016. Essentially repealing the English-only provisions of Proposition 227, which voters approved in 1998, the EdGE Initiative provides public schools with greater control over bilingual programs, as well as opportunities for ELs to learn English outside of specifically designated immersion classes. Its adoption will also lead to greater access to language programs for student of all backgrounds, and opportunities for parents to be key influencers in shaping the language environments their children learn in. Learn more on the CDE website.