This course supports educational leaders in driving educational change for English Learner (EL) students in California. Participants examine existing systemic thinking and structures that support the education of English Learners, use tools to look more deeply at practices for ELs, and develop (or refine) an EL implemenation plan to propel systemic change and shift practices.
The overall goal is for participating educators to better understand their EL population, their schooling experiences, needs, and successes, and use what they learn to design and implement higher quality educational experiences that build disciplinary knowledge and skills. Participants will hear from both experts in the field as well as from district leaders on how LCAP/LCFF can be used to drive systemic improvements in the education of English learners.
The course organizes a community of practice for educators as they think carefully about how LCAP/LCFF planning and implementation can support systemic improvements for their ELs. To improve the quality of systemic practices, educators need to collaborate with educators across schools and district to design, test and refine their programs, policies and practices. This course engages leadership teams in collaborative inquiry and plan construction.
Through a facilitated planning process, the course asks participants to gather, analyze, and share examples of products drawn from their planning processes.
Maria Santos, Annie Kuo and Claude Goldenberg