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SLZUSD Recognizes Accomplishments in English Development and World Languages

136 Students Earn Reclassification and 82 Students Earn Biliteracy Awards in 2018
On Thursday, June 7 2018, the San Lorenzo Unified School District held the Annual Pathways to Bi-literacy Awards to celebrate our students who have been reclassified as Fluent English Proficient , those on the Pathway to Biliteracy and those who have earned The California State Seal of Biliteracy.

136– Students Reclassified as Fluent English Proficient
27 - High school students are receiving the Official State Seal
41 - Middle school students will be recognized for the Pathway to Biliteracy
14 - Elementary school students will be recognized for the Pathway to Biliteracy

English learners who have demonstrated proficiency in English and met language proficiency and academic targets are “reclassified” and considered fluent English proficient. The District’s goal is for every English Learner in our district to reclassify. This year, 136 students earned this distinction!

To earn the Seal, students must demonstrate English competency by meeting specific state requirements, demonstrating fluency in a language other than English and receiving good grades in all English classes required for high school graduation. World language competency must be demonstrated through a four-year course of study in a world language or by passing a test (such as the Advanced Placement exam or a school district language examination).

On behalf of the District’s English Language Learner Program and District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC), San Lorenzo Unified congratulates our Reclassified students, those who are on the Pathway to Biliteracy and our high school seniors, celebrating their linguistic accomplishments in earning the State Seal of Biliteracy. Congratulations!


ELD Common Core Standards

ELD Common Core: These standards were adopted by the State Board of Education in August of 2013.The standards span K-12 and are organized around proficiency levels "Emerging", "Expanding" and "Bridging".  These are the standards that English Learners must be able to master in order to access grade level ELA Common Core Standards.

2014 Revision of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework

The California State Board of Education adopted the ELA/ELD Framework on July 9, 2014. This version of the ELA/ELD Framework will remain posted while it is edited for publication.

English Language Development Standards

Information about the update, revision, and alignment of the state's current English Language Development (ELD) standards to the CCSS for English Language Arts.

Resources and Tips for Parents

1. RESOURCES about CCSS (Common Core State Standards)

  • CCSS English
  • CCSS Spanish
  • CCSS Chinese

2. Newcomer Brochure

  • English
  • Spanish

3. CAHSEE (California High School Exit Examination)

  • English/Spanish

4. Education Connection- REACH-services:

  • Subject-specific tutoring in Math and Science
  • Reading workshops
  • SAT prep workshops
  • CAHSEE prep workshops
  • Homework help
  • Online credit recovery "CyberHigh"
  • College information workshops
  • Guest speakers
  • Cultural discussions/presentations

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ELD Common Core: These standards were adopted by the State Board of Education in August of 2013.The standards span K-12 and are organized around proficiency levels "Emerging", "Expanding" and "Bridging".  These are the standards that English Learners must be able to master in order to access grade level ELA Common Core Standards.

2014 Revision of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework

The California State Board of Education adopted the ELA/ELD Framework on July 9, 2014. This version of the ELA/ELD Framework will remain posted while it is edited for publication.

English Language Development Standards

Information about the update, revision, and alignment of the state's current English Language Development (ELD) standards to the CCSS for English Language Arts.

(CCSS) Common Core Handbook K-5th

Guidelines for Submitting a Request for Interpretation Services

Please follow indications by reading: How to Complete and Send Electronic Request Form

To obtain interpretation services for district-wide meetings and events submit your request at least 1-2 weeks prior to the meeting  date.  Attach to your request any supporting documentation relevant to the meeting or event such as agendas and presentation documents.

  • For school site meetings or events (PTA/ELAC/SITE WORKSHOPS), administrators are encouraged to continue current practice. If an interpreter cannot be identified, please contact: Laura Low for further assistance.
  • Make sure your interpretation request communicates the exact meeting location, including room number/name, expected number of people in need of interpretation services, and if the use of interpretation equipment is required.
  • Confirm parent attendance within one business day in advance and, if they cannot attend, immediately notify the Translation Unit at 510-317-4740 to cancel service.  On-site cancellation is strongly discouraged.

Interpretation for Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. 

Depending on the complexity of an IEP, language needs may be covered by one of our trained bilingual staff members or you may request a District Interpreter (Spanish or Chinese). Just as these meetings are planned ahead, please schedule the need for an interpreter as soon possible.

 

FAQs:

What kinds of documents must be translated by the Language Translator/Interpreter Specialist?

The Language Translator/Interpreter must translate any document that is to be used in an official manner. This includes, but is not limited to, high stakes documents, documents that assure equal access to all programs and opportunities, documents with legal implications, and documents that require parent signatures.

Can the Bilingual Instructional Assistants and/or Volunteers translate these documents?

No, unless proper documentation of qualified certification in translation/interpretation is on file at the District.

What kinds of translation/interpretation services can Bilingual Instructional Assistants provide?

Bilingual Instructional Assistants can provide assistance with basic home-school communications and school site meetings as needed. 

llow@slzusd.org  or fax 510-276-2127 please call 510-317-4740 to confirm it has been received.

 

Please, understand that the role of the interpreter is to communicate from source language to target language accurately and completely.

Interpreters are not facilitators or advocates.

Definitions:

Translation – Any written form of communication

Interpretation – Any oral form of communication

SEAL Training Calendar

Professional Development for Bilingual Instructional Assistants

 

The Seal of Biliteracy

The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, district or county office of education in recognition to students who have studied and attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in one or more languages in addition to English, by the time they graduate.

To qualify for the Seal of Biliteracy High School students must meet the criteria established by Assembly Bill 815 (Brownley, Chapter 618, Statues of 2011) it became effective January 1st, 2012

The Seal of Biliteracy encourages students to pursue biliteracy, honors the skills our students attain, and can be evidence of skills that are attractive to future employers and college admissions offices. Our vision is to help students recognize the value of their academic success and see the tangible benefits of being bilingual.

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