Your help is needed in moving our sponsored bill, AB 952 (Reyes), which addresses the shortage of bilingual teachers by establishing the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program off the Suspense File of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. AB 952 would establish the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program which provides professional development to two categories of credentialed teachers interested in teaching in bilingual classrooms/programs: 1) teachers who have a bilingual authorization but have taught only in English only classrooms and 2) teachers who are fluent in another language in addition to English. AB 952 (Reyes) addresses the shortage of bilingual teachers by proposing an approach that will expeditiously create a cadre of bilingual teachers. Please click on this link to send the letter to the members of Assembly Appropriations Committee who will be hearing this bill.
Your help is needed in obtaining funding for professional development to two categories of credential teachers interested in teaching in bilingual classrooms/programs: 1) teachers who have a bilingual authorization but are teaching in English only classrooms and 2) teachers who are fluent in another language in addition to English but do not have a bilingual authorization. Professional development for these teachers is an approach that will expeditiously create a cadre of bilingual teachers. Funding for professional development for these teachers is critical! Please click here to send a letter to the members of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee 2: Education Finance.
In 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s K-12 education law. ESSA includes several policy changes, including funding preschool and optimizing children’s developmental and academic trajectories by supporting the alignment of early learning programs and the K-12 system. ESSA declares that K-12 funding, such as Title I, II, III, can be used to fund preschool and early learning initiatives.
The California State Board of Education (SBE) and the California Department of Education (CDE) have the task of developing California’s ESSA state plan, which will explain how California will meet the federal statutory requirements under ESSA while aligning with the goals of the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). The final California ESSA plan is due on September 18, 2017 to the U.S. Department of Education
Input on the Draft California State ESSA Plan is due to the California Department of Education on June 30, 2017. The input from the ECE field is critical if the State Plan is to include Early Care and Education with specifics on Dual Language Learners (DLLs). California has the opportunity to be innovative and to build a school system aligned with existing research, to create a more efficient transition process between ECE to early elementary, to address the social-emotional and development needs of DLLs, and to leverage TK in order to bridge the ECE and TK-12 systems. The recommendations (hot link recommendations) are outlined by the four specific title components (Title I – Title IV) included in the current draft of the ESSA State Plan. The recommendations were aggregated from several different convening and focus groups over the last several months.
Please click on the recommendations to forward to CDE. Copy the recommendations you want to forward to CDE. Then open the ESSA Survey (hot link ESSA Survey).
You will need to complete the initial questions about yourself and then can scroll through the pages on the survey till to get to the sections indicated with the recommendations you want to paste. Just cut and paste the recommendations into the survey. There are only 9 more days to provide input. Share this Action Alert with others but please respond today! Thank You!
Voice your opposition to including, as a component of the English Learner LCFF academic indicator, data on Redesignated Fluent English Proficient students (RFEPs)!! This proposal requires the inclusion of 4 years of RFEP students scores with the scores of the current EL students. The data will be aggregated to determine the EL academic performance level (color coding from red, orange, yellow, green and blue indicate the level – red being the lowest and blue the highest). The accuracy and transparency of how these two groups of students are performing in Language Arts and Math will be invisible if they are combined as proposed.
Letters to Dr. Kirst, President of the State Board of Education expressing your opposition need to be emailed to him now!!
Click on the link below to send the letter. Please personalize the letter by filling in the blanks and adding any text that you feel is helpful !!
After you click on the link to the letter, copy and paste it into a new email and send to email@example.com
If you are able to attend the meeting email Shelly Spiegel-Coleman at Shelly@californianstogether.org
The State Board of Education will take a final vote on this issue during the January 11, 2017 Board Meeting.
The letter must be emailed no later than 12 noon on Friday, January 6, 2017!!
Letters needed to help solve the Bilingual Teacher Shortage
Currently there is a significant shortage of bilingual teachers and these numbers will only grow as districts begin to implement new and expanded dual and other bilingual programs encouraged by the passage of Proposition 58, The Education for a Global Economy Act. The proposition passed with 73.5% of the electorate voting yes and this new support for multilingual education can only be implemented if there are bilingual teachers prepared to work in dual and other bilingual programs.
Assembly Member Eloise Gomez Reyes is authoring AB 952 (hot link), The Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program. This legislation would establish consortiums to provide professional development for current bilingual teachers who have been teaching for five years or more in English only programs and for teachers who are native speakers of other languages and who wish to possess a bilingual certification.
In addition, the proposed legislation would encourage recruitment of the state Seal of Biliteracy awardees to enter into the teacher preparation programs and the creation of alternative support programs to increase the pipeline of bilingual teachers.
We need to send a letter (hot link) to Assembly Member Reyes thanking her for authoring this important bill and demonstrating the support she has for moving forward with this initiative.
Click on the link below to send your letter to Assembly Member Reyes. She needs to hear from all of us.
Use the “Forward to a Friend” link below to encourage your colleagues, family and friends to also send a letter.
Send you letter today!
Dear Supporters of Proposition 58 – The LEARN Initiative
Many of us are familiar with the EdGE (Education for a Global Economy) initiative, well it now has a new name. Proposition 58 is the ballot initiative now renamed as the LEARN initiative. LEARN stands for Language Education Acquisition Readiness Now.
Californians Together and CABE are working with the official Yes on 58 campaign to secure endorsements for the LEARN Initiative from school boards, organizations and individuals. We would appreciate your efforts to help us achieve our goal of at least 40 district endorsements by the end of August and at least 20 endorsements from other organizations. Simply emailing these documents out to friends is not enough. We urge you to follow-up with personal communication face to face or at least by phone.
The attached packet provides background and sample resolutions. If you are able to secure an endorsement, please send a copy of the completed and signed endorsement document to the two individuals listed in the packet. If you have questions please contact Peter Schilla at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (916)343-1537. You may also contact Shelly Spiegel Coleman at CABEPAC2016@gmail.com or 562-756-0493.
Together we can win in November and see a bright new future for high quality multilingual programs for all students.
Peter Schilla, Shelly Spiegel Coleman and Jan Gustafson Corea