Project ROYAL - Rigorous Opportunities for Young-children to Accelerate Language: Effects of the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) Model

Project ROYAL is funded by a multi-year National Professional Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Education that was awarded to the School of Education's Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL) in 2016. The persistent shortage of credentialed bilingual teachers has long plagued California. Therefore, one of the goals of Project ROYAL is to help build the bilingual teacher pipeline through a scholarship program. CEEL has established this scholarship to help academically successful Spanish-English bilingual teacher candidates in their preparation to effectively teach English Learners.

The Project ROYAL Bilingual Teacher Scholarship is competitive and requires ROYAL Scholars to teach in schools with English Learners as a condition of acceptance of the funds, as well as participate in some of Project ROYAL's professional development activities. Also, upon completing their California bilingual teacher credential program, ROYAL Scholars are required to work serving English Learners for a minimum of three years.

Completed the Program

Antonia Garcia

Graduated May 2018, B.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Bilingualism and Biliteracy (Magna cum Lade) and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (BASP)

"As someone who was identified as an English Learner growing up, I understand the difficulties that an EL student can experience. I want to work to provide better programs for these students as well as a safe and additive learning environment, one that values their native language and their background."

Gabrielle M. Patch

Graduated May 2018, M.A. in Bilingual Elementary Education and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (BASP)

"My long-term goal is to be a classroom teacher but also be an advocate for bilingual education. I want to make sure that people are informed on the benefits of having these types of programs and have the accessibility to have their children be part of them."

Jocelyn Rodriguez-Castro

Graduated May 2018, M.A. in Bilingual Elementary Education and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (BASP)

"A career in education is important to me as it allows me to become an agent for change and advocate for underrepresented working-class families. Education is key to success and being able to promote from the elementary school level is important for me."

Lauren Teplin

Graduated May 2018, M.A. in Bilingual Elementary Education and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (BASP)

"I think giving students access to bilingual education is an amazing opportunity for students to develop their literacy skills in Spanish and to instill even more pride in students' cultures. In a world of education with increasing focus on standardized tests, I hope to create an alternative classroom where students are challenged to be curious and think about how they can change the world."

Aislinn Vahí-Ferguson

Graduated May 2018, M.A. in Bilingual Elementary Education and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (BASP)

"I picked education as my career because I can't imagine a life where I'm not helping others every day. Since I grew up bilingual, I would love to teach students in both languages. I feel I have the motivation to help every student grow and reach their goals."

In Progress

Hillary Barnes

Graduate Student of the M.A. in Bilingual Elementary Education Program and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (BASP)

"I am passionate about bilingual education and am eager to learn more about ways that I can effectively teach and meet the needs of English Learners. Also, I am constantly on the lookout for professional development opportunities and training that further advances my skills and ability to be a more effective educator."

Jesús Cobián

Graduate Student of the M.A. in Bilingual Elementary Education Program and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (BASP)

"My career goal is to be a teacher in the community I grew up so that I can use the resources I have acquired through my years of higher education to provide students with a solid foundation that will set them up for success. I hope to benefit from the professional development program Project ROYAL offers for teachers of English Learners."

Jacqueline Fijar

Graduate Student of the M.A. in Bilingual Elementary Education Program and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (BASP)

"I am excited for this opportunity to teach in schools with English Learners and gain more knowledge, strategies, theories, and teaching methods to better serve this community. Having been an English as a Second Language student and native of South Central Los Angeles, I understand the struggles and the lack of teacher preparation in urban schools geared toward the success of English Learners."

Fatima Galvez

Graduate Student of the M.A. in Bilingual Elementary Education Program and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (BASP)

"My passion for working with bilingual students and helping them reach their full potential ignites my drive to become an elementary school teacher. I am interested in expanding my knowledge by effectively learning strategies on how to teach English Learners and provide them with the tools needed to succeed in their K-12 education."

Lina Haskel

Graduate Student of the M.A. in Bilingual Elementary Education Program and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (BASP)

"I believe that my background as an English learner, my passion for working with children combined with everything I am currently learning, will be of great benefit to the communities that I am interested in working with. I look forward to using my knowledge of the Spanish language in my teaching. I also look forward to sharing my knowledge while learning from my students' input and different backgrounds. I want to instill in children the passion for their own culture and the interest to learn from others around them."

Elizabeth Lopez

Undergraduate Student in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Bilingualism and Biliteracy Program and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (BASP)

"The reason why I wish to become a bilingual teacher is to foster academic understanding and pride in the Spanish language. I want to build connections with non-English speaking students and their families. I strongly believe that parent involvement in early childhood plays a big impact on a child academic success. When the teacher and parent do not speak the same language, it creates a barrier from a child's home and school. I wish to unite both, where all my students feel comfortable in taking chances in both Spanish and English to enhance their learning experience."

Karen Olivera-Martinez

Graduate Student of the M.A. in Bilingual Elementary Education Program and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (BASP)

"As a bilingual teacher, I want to be an activist of social justice. Instead of viewing the Latino/a culture through a deficit perspective, I want to approach the Latino/a culture through a positive lens and highlight its strengths because it can be applied in the learning context."

Lizeth Perez

Graduate Student in the M.A. in Bilingual Elementary Education Program and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (BASP)

"I have a lot of passion for teaching English Learners because I was once classified as an EL throughout all my years in elementary and middle school. As a future Bilingual Teacher, I will be an advocate for language education and help English Learners accelerate in their language and literacy."

Ana C. Romero

Undergraduate Student in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Bilingualism and Biliteracy Program and a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential with Bilingual Authorization in Spanish (BASP)

"As a teacher, I hope to spark my student's love for literature through their native language and their cultures. Eventually, I hope to use my teaching experiences to conduct research that will hopefully help support policy in education. My ultimate goal is to work for the Department of Education where I want to help Bilingual Education become more easily accessible and available nationwide."