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English Language Development

English proficiency levels at all ages require both integrated English language development (ELD) and specialized attention to their particular language learning needs, or designated ELD. Such a multilayered application of the CA ELD Standards requires deep collaboration among educators, support for teachers, and, most importantly, a sustained focus on the strengths and needs of individual students who are English learners and a persistent belief that all students who are English learners can achieve the highest levels of academic and linguistic excellence. 

— English Language Arts and English Language Development (ELA/ELD) Framework for California Public Schools, p. 119

​Integrated ELD

​Designated ELD

​Integrated ELD, in which all teachers with ELs in their classrooms use the CA ELD standards in tandem with the focal CA CCSS for EL literacy and other content standards.

ELA/ELD Framework, p. 106

​A protected time during the regular school day, in which teachers use the CA ELD standards as the focal standards in ways that build into and from content instruction in order to develop critical language ELs need for content learning in English. 

 ELA/ELD Framework, p. 106


Professional Learning Opportunities

English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)

Getting to Know the ELPAC

This next school year continues the state's transition from the California English Learner Development Test (CELDT) to the new ELPAC. This workshop is designed for district and school administrators, English learner coordinators, and teachers who support English learners. It will explore the differences and similarities between CELDT and ELPAC, ELPAC blueprints, and implications for integrated and designated ELD instruction. Register by clicking on the date below.

  • June 8 from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the North County Regional Education Center
  • Aug. 3 from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the San Diego County Office of Education main campus
  • Sept. 14 from 8:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the South County Regional Education Center
  • Cost: $80 per person for three or more participants from the same site or district or $100 for individual attendees. The cost includes breakfast, lunch, and materials.

ELD Standards

ELD 1-Day Standards Awareness 

Attend a one-day awareness session to build foundational knowledge about the theoretical framework, design and content of the standards.  This professional development is an introduction to the standards. 

  • Target Audience: Teachers and Administrators
  • Cost: $75
  • Date: additional dates to be determined

Instructional Approaches

GLAD® is a model of professional development and learning to advance teacher expertise in meeting the cognitive, linguistic, and emotional needs of all students, especially English learners. SDCOE offers Tier I (the 2-day research and theory workshop, the 4- or 5-day in-classroom demonstration, and follow-up coaching and implementation support) through a team of trainers certified by the Orange County Department of Education.

Scaffold 4 Success (S4S) 
Customized professional learning with a focus on integrated ELD to build teacher expertise and understanding while expanding their repertoire of effective instructional strategies. S4S supports implementation of the new California ELD standards as described in the new California ELA/ELD Framework, especially through cross-curricular thematic units, but also through shorter sequences of tasks and individual lessons across the disciplines.  

The WRITE Institute offers a two-day institute for K-12 teacher leaders and administrators to acquire the knowledge, skills, and tools to implement a systemic approach to literacy across content areas.

Instructional/Systems Leadership 

Leading a Comprehensive Approach to ELD 

This series assists English learner leaders responsible for systems and instructional change in understanding the transformation that needs to happen for programs for English learners under the guidance and vision of the new ELA/ELD Framework. 

  • Cost: $300 per individual or $250 per person for school/district teams of two or more.
  • Dates to be determined.




Teacher Preparation