The Multilingual California Project Grant (MCaP)
The Multilingual California Project Grant (MCaP) is a three-year grant awarded in March 2020 to the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) MCaP Alliance through the California Department of Education (CDE) Educator Workforce Investment Grant program (EWIG). EWIG supports professional learning opportunities for teachers and paraprofessionals across the state for implementation of the English Learner (EL) Roadmap Policy. Guiding the implementation of this policy, MCaP delivers a powerful statewide model to strengthen the capacity of districts to dramatically accelerate the academic and multilingual opportunities and outcomes of students who are English learners. MCaP builds on consistently strong research documenting multilingualism as the most effective option for high academic achievement across all content areas and for preparation to participate effectively in the global workforce for students who are English learners.
Using a four-stage model, MCaP is designed to implement the project goals and build the capacity of local educational agencies (LEAs) via research-based professional learning innovations and an equity-centered, continuous improvement process called Liberatory Design. The Liberatory Design process (from Stanford University's design thinking model, with important contributions from the National Equity Project) guides participants to explore systemic inequities across curricular areas and within the English Learner Typologies.
CABE leads this project with the following official partners: San Diego County Office of Education, Orange County Department of Education, Butte County Office of Education, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, San Diego State University and Wexford Institute.
Project participants include 60 LEAs that were strategically selected to represent diverse regions across the state (rural, suburban, and urban) from the five partner counties and the five CABE regions.
Additional partners include the National Equity Project, the University of San Diego, the San Diego State University (SDSU) Language Acquisition Resource Center, and the SDSU Chinese Culture Center. Furthermore, nationally recognized leaders in the fields of equity and language acquisition advise the progress of this project.
For additional information on this partnership please contact Izela Jacobo, SDCOE's MCaP Project Lead.
The Multilingual California Project (MCaP) is now offering Free Asynchronous Academies for its eight innovations. Access this high-quality professional learning opportunity to learn at your own pace.
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