English Learner Leadership Fellowships

Aug | 2015

English Learner Leadership Fellowships Available

Californians Together, in collaboration with the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) invites mid-career leaders in English Learner education and advocacy to apply for a three-year fellowship. …Read More.

Study of New School Accountability Plans Shows Districts Not Focused on Needs of English Learners

May | 2015

Report on 1st Year of LCAP Calls for Stronger State Guidance, More Local Commitment to Research-based Approaches and Stronger Engagement With EL Families & Communities

 A new report that reviewed the Local Control Accountability Plans of 29 key school districts throughout the state, and the impact those LCAPs are having on English Learner students, was released today by Californians Together.

The report, titled “Falling Short on the Promise to English Learners, A New Report on Year One District Local Control Accountability Plans,” found that LCAPs tend to be characterized by woefully inadequate specificity and weak attention to how schools are meeting the various needs of English Learners.

The California Campaign for Biliteracy is Launched and Two Districts are Honored with a New Prestigious Award

Apr | 2014

In front of 3,500 teachers, administrators, parents and board members at the annual California Association for Bilingual Education Conference, Californians Together announced the beginning of the California Campaign for Biliteracy.  “It is time for a new Campaign across Californian to develop preschool through high school programs that will prepare students with proficiency in two or more languages so they may speak to, from and across multiple communities and nations.
The California Campaign for Biliteracy seeks to engage educators, policy makers ,parents and students who share the vision for multilingualism, and all understand the enormous benefits to individuals, society and the economy
Brownley Puts the California Seal of Biliteracy on the National Stage

Jun | 2013

Representative Julia Brownley (D – Westlake Village) introduced the Biliteracy Education Seal and Teaching (BEST Act, legislation that would help states create a State Seal of Bilteracy to recognize high school students graduating with proficiency in both English and a second language.  The BEST Act would establish a grant program at the Department of Education supporting states to establish and improve their own Biliteracy Seal programs.  Read the press release, the text of the bill and our letter of support below.
Commission Poised to Raise California Standards for Teacher Interns – English Learners to Benefit

Apr | 2013

Students who are currently learning English will soon have teachers-in-training with substantially improved preparation and parents will be better informed about teachers’ level of training.  That’s if the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) votes as expected on a series of reforms at its meeting this Thursday April 18.  English learner students comprise 1.4 million of the state’s public school students, or approximately 1 in 4 students.