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Multilingual Education and Global Achievement

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Preparing for global success with multilingual education

The potential of our students who are learning a new language is limitless. It’s up to district and school leaders, teachers, and counselors, to provide equitable access to the opportunities and supports each student needs to succeed in school and in college and career.

The San Diego County Office of Education has the experienced specialists to support educators through the WRITE and Project GLAD academic models, best practices to engage parents, state and federal accountability technical assistance, professional networks, and a variety of thoughtfully-designed professional learning opportunities.

The term language learner includes both students who are English learners and students in dual language or trilingual school programs. Each language learner in San Diego County is a unique child. Their first language could be English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Arabic, Punjabi, Russian, or 60 other languages. They could have a two-language home, or school could be the only time they hear English. They could be anywhere from age 5 to 18, and they are all uniquely poised to be bilingual leaders in our growing, global economy.

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American Indian education

SDCOE supports California American Indian students through indigenized professional learning opportunities for educators, Native American Studies Model Curriculum, Title VI and tribal consultation resources, and additional supports for American Indian students and families.

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Dual Language Programs

Educators and administrators can find support for creating and building sustainable, high-quality dual language and multilingual programs, including professional development, site visits, and networking opportunities.

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English Learners

Students who are English learners have strengths and skills that educators can celebrate and honor. SDCOE provides expertise and support in the English Learner Roadmap, integrated and designated English language development, and professional learning opportunities to increase English proficiency. 

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Family and Community Engagement

SDCOE partners with community organizations to provide regular opportunities and events for families. Also find resources, supports, and tools for parent and family engagement at the school and district level. 

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Spanish Language

SDCOE helps educators develop adaptive expertise in instruction and leadership in Spanish language arts and literacy through professional learning, customized support, and technical assistance services.

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World languages

Through SDCOE's professional learning opportunities, research-based practices, technical support, and collaborative networks, district and site leaders can work toward the Global California 2030 vision and increase opportunities for multilingual students to thrive. 

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Discussion Cards

Discussion Cards

The Discussion Cards consist of powerful questions organized by subject area to get students thinking and talking about text. They are designed to be used with any text that students read, listen to, or view in order to learn how to build knowledge of the field of study. 

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Oracy ToolKit

This toolkit provides a collection of effective protocols for student interaction and collaboration embedded in and connected with strategies and tasks for each of the three modes of communication (Collaborative or Interpersonal, Interpretive, and Productive or Presentational).   

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Olympia Kyriakidis

Exec Dir., MEGA

Izela Jacobo

Senior Director, MEGA

Tony Mora
District Advisor