The Los Angeles Unified School District is the largest enrolling district of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the United States. The District has 161,484 students who are learning to speak English proficiently (nearly a quarter of the district). In all, 93 languages other than English are spoken in LAUSD schools. More than 90% of students speak Spanish as their first language. The implications of these statistics are clear, all Los Angeles public school teachers can benefit from greater knowledge and proficiency in teaching and supporting ELLs in their classroom.


In this course, participants will learn the skills, strategies, and instructional best practices essential for ensuring that English language learners (ELLs) meet the rigorous academic demands of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts in every grade level and across content areas. Using the 8 Shifts for Academic English Language (AEL) Development as a framework, educators will be able to implement effective classroom protocols, develop formative assessment strategies, work as part of a collaborative professional learning community, and utilize data to make decisions to support their English language learners on their path to academic achievement and college and career readiness.