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Multilingual Education and Global Achievement

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.

SDCOE has the experienced specialists to support San Diego County educators through the WRITE Institute 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 opportunitiesFocus on English Learners is a research brief to support educators' practice in the classroom. This is an image of the cover.

The Language Learners department also produces the quarterly research brief, Focus on English Learners, in partnership with the California English Learner Collaboration. 

The term language learner includes both students who are English learners and students in dual language or trilingual school programs. Each language learner 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.

They are all uniquely poised to be bilingual leaders in our growing, global economy. 

​Upcoming Professional Learning


Language Learner Leadership Institute

This One-Day Institute is designed for administrators and teacher leaders with programs which support Dual Language learners and English learners. Participants will learn how to design effective systems to help improve academic and linguistic outcomes for their students.

Date: August 29
Time: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: $100, includes continental breakfast and lunch

Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Students 

In response to the voices of teachers concerned about the stress and tensions their students have expressed about their family members' immigration status, San Diego County Office of Education, in partnership with Californians Together, will offer a one- day professional learning session.

The training includes:

  • Grade-span (K-2, 3-5, 6-12) classroom lesson modules addressing the social, emotional and educational needs of students worried about immigration status of their families.   
  • Interactive student-teacher scenarios.
  • Educator Guide with resources to create welcoming schools, and other legal and educational resources
  • Up-to-date legal advice

Targeted audience: District professional development staff, English Learner coordinators, and teacher leaders

Date: August 7
Time: 8 a.m. to noon
Cost: $75, includes continental breakfast, lunch, training materials and three children’s books