CABE 2023 – SEAL Sessions



The California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)’s 48th Annual Conference is back in-person at the Long Beach Convention Center on March 22 – 25, 2023 for “Testimonios: The Power of Our Stories, Our Art and Our Dreams.” SEAL is a proud partner and will offer eight various workshop sessions for educators, families and community partners. See below for details and times. We look forward to seeing you there! REGISTER TODAY!

FEATURED SPEAKER: The Power of Stories for Equity-Focused School Transformation

Anya Hurwitz | Thursday, March 23, 2023 | 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. | Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Room: Regency B

Our stories, nuestros testimonios, shift hearts and minds, offering critical examples that inspire, spark action, and transform – even in times of uncertainty or challenge. In California, 1.4 million students in our K-12 public school system are English Learners, and 60% of all children 0-5 years old are Dual Language Learners who speak a language other than English at home. This number will only continue to grow, and it is critical that our schools treat them with asset-based approaches. SEAL’s Executive Director Anya Hurwitz along with California school leaders and educators will share how they’re working to center the assets and needs of their multilingual learners and demonstrate that it’s possible. This interactive session will provide participants with turn-key strategies that can be used to inspire in their own school communities and create equity focused school transformation. Participants will receive copies of The SEAL Case Study Series.

Testimonios: How Powerful Stories Transform Dual Language Learning Communities

Jennifer McNeil & Adriana Diaz | Thursday, March 23, 2023 | 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. | Renaissance Long Beach Hotel, Room: Broadlind I/II

In dual language we are tasked not only with the pedagogy of biliteracy, but with nurturing our students and our own intersectional identities, our languages, cultures, races/ ethnicities and more. How do we nurture sociocultural competence, become more critically conscious of these intersections, and engage in raciolinguistic equity? Come to this workshop to learn how teachers in one K-6 dual language program–themselves schooled in an era of English only hegemony and racism– are using the practice of testimonios to strengthen relationships and to make space for and honor their own raciolinguistic intersectional identities. Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to write and share (if they choose) their own testimonio. Please join us in community and “speak your brave truth unapologetically.”

Discover Successful Approaches to Designated ELD that Responds to YOUR Students Needs

Jennifer Clinkscales & Heather Skibbons | Thursday, March 23, 2023 |  4:45 – 6 p.m. | Long Beach Convention Center, Room:102A

Need help planning “in response to” Designated ELD lessons? We will share a formative assessment technique, Oral Language Analysis (OLA), used in the SEAL model to help you successfully plan and implement responsive DELD lessons. Through watching videos, analyzing ELD standards, and opportunities for hands-on application and reflection, you will walk away with quick and easy-to-use templates and tools for planning and implementing formative assessments for DELD lessons with your students tomorrow!

Centering Multilingual Families + Communities within the $4.1 Billion Community Schools Partnership Program

Anya Hurwitz | Friday, March 24, 2023 | 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. | Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Room: Seaview C

California is making a historic $4.1 billion investment through its Community Schools Partnership Program grants. Schools can use these grants to fund a variety of supports. But not everyone is taking advantage – just yet. Building culturally and linguistically responsive family-school partnerships will be key, though many school leaders are saying they need help. Learn how community schools can promote home language development and multilingualism through culturally and linguistically responsive family-school partnerships. Hear from school district and site leaders who will share their approaches and success stories for making community schools a reality. Learn how you can too!

Supporting Bilingualism in PreK & TK

Patricia Pate & Ana Marisol Sanchez | Friday, March 24, 2023 | 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. | Long Beach Convention Center, Room: 202A

Young children have the capacity to learn two languages, but this requires intentional planning. How do you begin planning for integrated curriculum instruction? Which scaffolds should you use to support and give children the confidence to speak in both languages. Are you a PreK or TK teacher looking for strategies to help develop bilingualism in children? Come learn how the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) approach supports teachers in this work. Participants will receive access to planning tools and key strategies.

Taller para familias – apoya el éxito académico en casa

Adriana Diaz & Karen Ascencio | Friday, March 24, 2023 | 1:30 – 2:45 p.m.| Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Room: Seaview C

Este taller le proveerá herramientas, y estrategias sobre cómo promover el bilingüismo en casa usando las mejores prácticas basadas en la investigación del modelo SEAL. ¡Salga con una colección de ideas para involucrar a sus hijos en el hogar y en la escuela!

Designated & Integrated ELD: Using Language Functions as a Bridge

Heather Skibbons & Erin Magill Peleti | Friday, March 24, 2023 | 4:45 – 6 p.m. | Long Beach Convention Center, Room: 102A

Are you struggling to design a student-responsive Designated ELD that builds upon what students are learning in Spanish? Through SEAL’s model of language functions, graphic organizers, differentiated sentence frames, and transfer lessons Dual Language teachers will explore how to bridge what their students are learning in Spanish into content-based Designated ELD. We will examine classroom artifacts and videos to show how you can connect what you are doing throughout your day in a way that develops academic language and literacy in both languages.

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Effective Curriculum for English Learner Success Series


Sobrato Philanthropies is released its Effective Curriculum for English Learner Success Series as a resource to spark continued learning and collaboration at the intersection of high-quality instructional materials and educational equity for English Learners (ELs).

Curriculum and instruction are central to shaping both what and how students are taught. Teachers must adapt both of these in order for ELs to master the same academic skills as their English-speaking peers. New curriculum needs to embed strong language development, culturally and linguistically responsive content, and scaffold these approaches to allow ELs to succeed. Philanthropy has an important role to play in supporting the development, adoption, and effective use of such curriculum.

Since 2008, Sobrato Philanthropies has engaged educators serving EL students to strengthen the teaching and learning happening in classrooms across the state. The series of briefs, “Effective Curriculum for English Learner Success,” grapples with several aspects of curriculum and materials that are key to philanthropic investment in educational equity reform for ELs. Each brief focuses on different aspects of what it means to address the “curriculum” portion of creating EL responsive and effective schools.

Read and download the briefs

This series was conceived and authored by Laurie Olsen, Ph.D. We are grateful for review and input provided by Alesha Moreno-Ramirez (Director, Multilingual Support Division, California Department of Education), Crystal Gonzales (Executive Director, English Learners Success Forum), and Nicole Knight (Executive Director, English Language Learner and Multilingual Achievement, Oakland Unified School District

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Quarterly Newsletter: January 2023


From the Executive Director

Dear Partners,

As we launch into the second half of the 2022-2023 program year, I am proud of what we’ve accomplished and acutely aware of the power of our collective work to expand equitable opportunities for multilingual learners. Despite the slowdown in our economy, we are encouraged by the Governor’s budget efforts to protect crucial investments that ensure more equitable learning environments for our youngest learners. We continue our work with educators, school leaders, and partners to lift up and implement evidence-based, linguistically and culturally affirming approaches to educational equity.

We hit the ground running this fall as we fully returned to both in-person and hybrid convenings, meetings, and trainings across the state. Over the next few months we will publish three new publications: an ELs and STEM National Academies brief, a Community Schools brief co-authored with CSLX, and a blog on virtual learning during the pandemic. To help us build capacity and chart the course for SEAL’s future, we’ve added more team members who embody the values, lived experiences and bold leadership needed to transform practice and systems.

We remain committed to continuing our collaborative work with teachers, coaches and education leaders, while also being a resource to the state, policymakers and you. We look forward to our work together in 2023 so that we all remain focused on transforming education in California in the most equitable ways.

We hope you enjoy a snapshot of our last quarter and some highlights of events to come.

In partnership,

Anya Hurwitz

Advocacy. Policy. Research.

IN THE NEWS: SEAL Executive Director Anya Hurwitz joined CA practitioners, advocates, students and legislators to give their first take on the governor’s budget proposal in a recent EdSource article. Anya shared SEAL’s thoughts on its priority for early education and K-12 budget proposals during an expected economic downturn for California. We join our partners and continue to urge our state to support sustained investments for teachers and our youngest learners. Click below to read more about our collective thoughts.

New SEAL BRIEF: The California Department of Education will soon release a new Mathematics Framework that could significantly strengthen the pipeline of underrepresented English learner/emergent bilinguals (ELs/EBs) into STEM careers. SEAL’s latest brief will focus on research-based guidance from a 2018 National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report and bring to life how California educators can align the proposed Math Framework policy with the realities of teaching and learning in the classroom.

POLICY BRIEF: K-12 educators and faculty lifted up SEAL as one of the state recommendations in Public Advocates policy brief. The brief focuses on the experiences of current and former K-12 educators of multilingual learners and the landscape of bilingual education from the perspective of faculty of bilingual authorization programs. The brief outlines recommendations for the state that would expand and strengthen educator preparation to better serve multilingual learners’ needs and to increase their access to school programs and academic content. Read the policy brief authored by Public Advocates Education Equity Team Senior Staff Attorney Shilpa Ram.

SBE MEETING: In November, SEAL joined Californians Together and 13 English learner partners and advocates from CABEFamilies in SchoolsMount Diablo Unified School District and PIQE to provide testimony at the State Board of Education (SBE) meeting on the State Accountability System. We each provided testimony regarding the State’s Data Dashboard, the Academic and English Language Progress Indicators, and accountability for ELs within LCAPs. We urged the board to re-examine how the academic indicators, ELPI, DA and CSI/ATSI are structured to address the needs of English learners. We expressed our willingness to work with the California Department of Education and the State Board of Education on this critical issue. Our voices were heard, and several SBE board members spoke to the issues we raised. Listen to the testimony and comments from the State Board President, Linda Darling Hammond and board member, Gabriela Orozco Gonzalez. SBE will bring back the agenda for further conversation and SEAL will join partners again to continue raising awareness and voices.

HOW DO KINDERGARTNERS LEARN BEST? SEAL’s Anya Hurwitz took part in the second of a six-part webinar series by The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and New America’s Early & Elementary Education Policy Program that promotes impactful teaching and learning in kindergarten. Anya with leaders from Stand for Children, Temple University, and Tools of the Mind explored research findings on teaching and learning in kindergarten and explored strategies and approaches for teaching in the way young children learn best. Watch clip from Part 2 and register now for the upcoming webinars.

CENTERING EQUITY IN K-12 SYSTEMS: In November, SEAL’s Executive Director Anya Hurwitz moderated a panel at the Fall 2022 Birth to 12th Grade Water Cooler Conference focused on centering equity in K-12 systems. The panel discussed systemic change and building systems that are rooted in racial equity and lifted up equity initiatives that intentionally build a collective vision, support capacity building, and use targeted resource allocation to meet the needs of the most impacted and underserved students. Relive the conference HERE.

THE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF MULTILINGUAL LEARNING: SEAL with Early Edge California joined Bay Area Council Economic Institute and Sobrato Philanthropies as a panelist to discuss their recent report: The Economic Benefits of Multilingual Learning. The report findings reveal that supporting multilingual learning among California’s youngest children can improve educational outcomes, boost household incomes, and give California companies the edge needed to compete on the world stage.

Listen to the discussion and download the report today!

SEAL in the Field

OUR WORK GROWS: SEAL’S Full Model continues to be delivered in both hybrid and in-person structures serving preschools and elementary schools throughout California. Our Design for Change work is moving forward with a very positive reception as we continue to be responsive to the needs of our partners and the field more broadly. Through EL RISE!, SEAL continues to deliver virtual professional learning in partnership with 20 California county offices of education. We’ve developed 10 new offerings in the last six months and delivered 58 virtual sessions. Within our federally funded National Professional Development project in LAUSD, PEARLL Pathway 2, we are piloting a new hybrid model of delivery that includes in-person training along with an online course and community of practice. And the work continues to grow!

SEAL CONVENINGS BRING TOGETHER HUNDREDS: From October to December 2022, SEAL gathered hundreds of California education leaders and partners for three separate convenings – Bilingual, New Administrator, Administrator – each with its focused and in-depth all-day interactive sessions. Attendance was high and feedback was strong. Leaders continue to highlight that interaction and networking with one another is extremely valuable and supportive to their work. The sessions included an overview of research and interactive sessions to build bilingual support in families, dialogue for increased systems alignment, problem-solving, shared successes and more. In February, we’ll host our first in-person early learning leadership convening since Covid! Look forward to this and more to come!

Follow our work at @SEALedEquity – Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

CONGRATULATIONS: Shout out to our very own Associate Director Charice Guerra, who has been elected to the IQC Executive Committee as a member and appointed to be the Chair of the ELA/ELD Subject Matter Committee. The Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) is an advisory body to the State Board of Education (SBE). The IQC is responsible for advising the SBE on matters related to curriculum and instruction. Among the various 2023 goals for the IQC are to support the revision of the Mathematics Framework and the upcoming Mathematics Instructional Materials Adoption.

Join us

SEAL IS CABE 2023 BOUND: We are excited to be part of CABE’s – in person – annual conference with eight sessions presented by SEAL team members for educators, community partners and families. We look forward to “Testimonios: The Power of Our Stories, Our Art and Our Dreams” on March 22 – 25, 2023, at the Long Beach Convention Center. Click HERE to learn more about our various sessions.

See you there! Register Today

CENTRAL VALLEY ED CHAMPIONS: SEAL is partnering with Californians Together, PIQE, Teach Plus and multilingual champions in the Central Valley Multilingual Consortium to develop an English learner policy agenda. The last of three virtual sessions will be held Saturday, February 4, 2023, to review policy recommendations based on the listening sessions and conversations with education leaders in the Central Valley and work to refine those recommendations to develop a Central Valley English Learner Policy Agenda. Register Today.

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Resources and Tools

EL Curriculum Brief Series: Sobrato Family Foundation‘s new series of briefs, “Effective Curriculum for English Learner Success,” grapples with several aspects of curriculum and materials that are key to educational equity for ELs. Each brief focuses on different aspects of what it means to address the “curriculum” portion of creating EL responsive and effective schools.


Our series of in-depth school district case studies are full of powerful stories that can inspire more districts and supporters to embrace and invest in EL/DLL strategies. Our Toolkit pulls quotes, images, and facts from each of the narratives and offers critical learnings from the districts’ implementation experiences.

Download today!

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