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One Day Lesson Planning Professional Development in Sacramento

On November 3, 2104, participants from our Middle School ELA Unit implementation will attend a follow-up on day professional development in the Sacramento area. This day will focus on

  • Sharing of learnings from unit implementation
  • Identification of essential lesson structure guidelines
  • Planning time to refine lessons
  • Sharing of lessons and provision of peer feedback
  • Discussion of student discourse collection

The meeting will be held at the Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova from 8:30 to 3:30. Here is a link to a google map of the hotel.

For those staying overnight, you can make hotel reservations for Sunday, November 2 using the link below:



Reflections from Summer 2014 Meeting at Stanford

Thanks to all of those who attended our summer meeting at the end of July. Special kudos go out to presenters Karen Thompson and Jose Silva, who provided the network with an analysis of the SBAC Field Test, and Jeff Zwiers, who discussed his nascent professional development model for teachers of diverse learners.

Many of you submitted an post-meeting online reflection in which you discussed:

  • the most valuable moments of the two days
  • the connections that you made with your own work
  • your interest in continuing the conversation on ESL professionals
  • essential question(s)you would like to see the network address

If you would still like to submit a response, you may do so here

Participant responses to this reflection can be found here These responses will be used to formulate essential questions that will guide our work over the next two years.


2014 ELL Leadership Network Summer Meeting at Stanford

On July 28 and 29, 2014, the network will hold a two-day meeting at the Faculty Club to continue our work together in light of a new two-year grant provided by the S.H. Cowell Foundation. Our collaboration over the next two years will center on improving the academic outcomes of secondary English Learners. Content area instruction, English Language Development, and Assessment will all be topics discussed during our meeting. We are looking forward to seeing familiar faces across the seven member districts as well as many new members.

More information about the event can be obrtained by contacting Steven Weiss at sweiss1 (at) stanford (dot) edu


Second ELA Unit Professional Development Offering

On February 26 and 27, 2014, 50 educators will take part in our second PD offering of Understanding Language's 7/8th grade English Language Arts Unit, "Persuasion Across Time and Space."  ELL Leadership Network members from Sanger and Firebaugh-Las Deltas, as well as cadres from two middle schools in LAUSD and the nascent SCALE UP district network will also be in attendance.

Logistical information for the event can be found here.


Cadre of ELL Leadership Network Educators Attending Professional Development on ELA Unit

On January 14 and 15, 2014, approximately 40 teachers, coaches and administrators from Napa Valley, Ukiah, Corning, Fairfield-Suisun, and Tahoe-Truckee school districts will take part in a two day training in Sacramento that will prepare them to teach and/or support Understanding Language's 7/8th grade English Language Arts unit, entitled "Persuasion Across Time and Space." The unit, which can be found in it's entirety here, exemplifies the shifts in instruction required for English Language Learners to be successful in a Common Core environment. Steven Weiss, Project Manager of the ELL Leadership Network, will be presenting the unit.

Logistics for this event can be found here.

An additional professional development offering will be held on February 26 and 27 in the Fresno area. Details on this event will be announced in the near future.


ELL Leadership Network Members Present at Common Core Conference

On June 25 and 26, 2013, members of the Sanger Unified School District and Steven Weiss, Project Manager of the Network, presented at Moving Forward: Common Core State Standards Implementation and Assessment, a conference sponsored by Wested, the California Collaborative on District Reform, and California Education Partners. Mr. Weiss led two breakout sessions on the Spring 2013 pilot implementation of Understanding Language’s seventh grade English Language Arts unit in Denver, Chicago and Charlotte.  

Adela Jones and Tim Lopez from Sanger closed the conference by discussing the tensions inherent in transitioning their district from a an assessment system anchored by the California Standards Tests (CST) and the California English Language Development Test (CELDT) to one based on the Common Core-aligned assessment being developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and a forthcoming English language proficiency assessment which will be based on new California ELD Standards.


Data Dialogues Network Funded by the Central Valley Foundation

The Central Valley Foundation has generously funded a parallel network that will leverage the work to date of the ELL Leadership Network. The newly established Data Dialogues Network consists of two member districts from the ELL Leadership Network, ¬¬Sanger and Firebaugh, ¬¬along with three additional districts from the Central Valley:  Coalinga-Huron, Mendota, and Robla. 

This parallel network will focus on data analyses that shed light on the trajectories of ELLs and former ELLs in the five member districts. Similar to the ELL Leadership Network, data analyses will be provided by the Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) at Stanford. Members of this network will share and compare data across districts, to see how district and site initiatives have impacted ELL achievement over time. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration between these two networks starting this summer!


ELL Leadership Network Summer Meeting, 2013

The ELL Leadership Network held its annual summer meeting at Stanford on July 26-27, 2012. Representatives from all seven districts as well as experts in the field of ELL education attended the event. The focus of this summer’s meeting was on Long term English Learners.