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Publication: Multiple Pathways to Biliteracy

Mar | 2017

by Laurie Olsen,Ph.D.,  A CaliforniansTogether Publication

California became the first state in the nation to adopt a State Seal of Biliteracy, igniting a national movement, California voters overwhelmingly (73.5%) supported the passage of Proposition 58 the LEARN Initiative to promote and encourage multilingual programs for all students.  Parents and educators are now encouraged and empowered to implement multilingual programs, preschool through 12th grade, for all students.  Building pathways to biliteracy requires communities and school leaders to become familiar with the variety of language program options, the research behind them, and the conditions that support effective implementation.

This publication is a resource for all stakeholders as they begin to think about planning for and implementing multilingual pathways to biliteracy and realizing the opportunities afforded by Proposition 58.

Complete the order form with this announcement, and fax, email or mail with payment bycheck, p.o. or credit card to:

CaliforniansTogether

525 East Seventh Street, #207
Long Beach,California, CA 90813
562-436-1822 (fax)

shelly@californianstogether.org

Questions:  call 562-983-1333

Tell the State Board of Education to Hold Schools and Districts Accountability for English Learners’ Academic Performance

Dec | 2016

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 sbe@cde.ca.gov

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!!

Californians Together and 120 Organizations Promise to Fight for Safe and Secure Schools

Nov | 2016

OVER 120 ORGANIZATIONS URGE ALL CALIFORNIA K-12 SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES TO BE DESIGNATED AS SANCTUARY SCHOOLS AND CAMPUSES

Californians Together Calls for Safe, Inclusive, and Equitable Learning Environments for All Students In Response to Fears of Deportation and Hate Attacks Since the Election

LOS ANGELES – Californians Together with more than 120 community, education, health, faith, labor, student, and parent organizations in California, has released an open letter (click on link below) calling on California’s educational leaders to address the growing fear around deportation and the troubling spike in hate crimes, incidents, and bullying in K-12 schools and on college campuses since the election of Donald Trump. Coordinated by the College for All Coalition, the open letter calls for safe, inclusive, and equitable learning environments for California students, especially those who are most vulnerable. … Read More.

Victory for Proposition 58 Guarantees that Parents and Educators Can Choose the Best Language Education Program for Students in California

Nov | 2016

Overwhelming majority of California voters said Yes to opening the doors and providing more opportunities for Multilingual Education in California Schools

Los Angeles, CA (November 9. 2016) Once more California will lead the nation in recognizing the value and importance of students graduating from our schools proficient in English and one or more other languages. California students, parents and teachers can now freely decide the best possible language program for their children. With the passage of Proposition 58, California is embracing its diversity, giving the hands-on decision of the best language education programs back to those closest to the students. … Read More.