SEAL October Speaking Engagements


SEAL kicked off our second quarter with a bang! Our team of expert trainers, researchers and advocates participated in several virtual and in-person presentations, amplifying the need to support multilingual learners now and in the future.

During the month of October we shared our knowledge, as well as learned from partners and other experts, during these insightful conversations.

The following are key takeaways that emerged from these discussions:

From the Margins to the Center: Imagining Aligned PreK-3 Systems for Multilingual Learners

  • Host: Grantmakers for Education, Annual Conference 
  • SEAL Participants: Anya Hurwitz, Executive Director 
  • Topics:
    • Early childhood and K-12 segments alignment to create a continuously rich and meaningful learning experience for students. 
    • Preschool to 3rd grade coherence – how policies, practices, and systems can work in sync – for multilingual learners, children who far too often fall through the cracks throughout these early years.

Elevando las Expectativas: Proporcionándole a cada estudiante un camino hacia el multilingüismo (Spanish webinar)

Developing Literacy Skills with Interactive Read Alouds

  • Host: California Reading Association, Annual Conference 
  • SEAL Participants: Jennifer Clinkscales, Program Coordinator 
  • Topics
    • Integrating language, literacy and content 
    • Hands-on, effective strategies connecting the Narrative Input chart while incorporating literacy and language.

Unlocking Potential: Nurturing reading skills and biliteracy in English Learners (Webinar)

  • Host: GO Public Schools, Family Literacy series
  • SEAL Participants: Martha I. Martinez, Senior Director of Research and Evaluation 
  • Topics:
    • Best practices for supporting English Learners with developing as readers and writers
  • Access webinar resources
SEAL October Speaking Engagements2023-10-31T11:25:32-07:00

La Cosecha 2023 – SEAL Sessions



Dual Language Education of New Mexico has been hosting their La Cosecha Dual Language Conference since 1997.  This year’s conference theme is “Honoring Our Story: Reclaiming Our Past Through Empowerment and Action.” The event will take November 8 – 11, 2023 at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, NM and downtown partner hotels. SEAL is a proud partner and will offer two workshop sessions for educators and school administrators. See below for details and times. We look forward to seeing you there!

Effective, Integrated, and Responsive ELD for Dual Language Classrooms

Heather Skibbins, Ana Marisol Sánchez & Patricia Montes-Pate | Friday, November 10, 2023 | 1:30 – 2:50 p.m. | Clyde – Enchantment C/D

Are you struggling to design student-responsive 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, bilingual teachers will explore how to bridge what their students are learning in Spanish into content-based 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.

Strengthening Family Partnerships to Promote Bilingual Pride at Home and in the Classroom

Adriana Diaz & Judith Alcalá | Saturday, November 11, 2023 | 9:10 – 10:30 a.m. | Albuquerque Convention Center – Ballroom C

This workshop offers effective practices and strategies to build family partnership at your sites through an assets-based approach, offering ready-to-go workshops to foster community engagement and empower families to take an active role in students’ learning. With a strong emphasis on celebrating and cultivating bilingualism/biliteracy in the home, our goal is that both parents and children will share in their pride of being bilingual and bicultural and utilize these skills in the classroom.

La Cosecha 2023 – SEAL Sessions2023-10-19T11:53:07-07:00

Policy and Advocacy: Victory for Ed Equity


Four of the five bills we collaboratively supported were signed by Governor Newsom this month! Thank you to our bills authors, sponsors, writers and everyone who dedicated and lent their time and hearts to make these bills law. Below is a quick summary of what this means for students in California.

AB 370 (The Biliteracy Inclusion Act) This law is set to enhance the criteria for achieving the State Seal of Biliteracy by expanding rigorous options for students to demonstrate proficiency in English and a second language. Now, a greater number of students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their linguistic abilities and proudly earn the prestigious State Seal of Biliteracy. Thank you to bill sponsors Californians Together and California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) for championing this cause. We also want to extend our appreciation  to Assemblymember Dawn Addis for her dedication in drafting and guiding this bill through the legislative process.

AB 393 (Dual Language Learner Identification) This new law will create a standardized process for relevant state agencies to identify and support dual language learners in the California Early Learning and Care system. Doing so is crucial for ensuring leaders and practitioners have the information they need to best serve the needs of these students. Thank you to bill sponsors Californians Together, Early Edge and CABE and to Assesmbleymember Luz Rivas for writing this bill and getting it turned into law. 

AB 714 (Newcomer Students) Thanks to this new law, the California Department of Education will now be required to provide districts with guidance for best supporting newcomer students. This law establishes a definition for newcomers and requires the collection of data to inform actions and programs for LEAs to meet their needs. Thank you to Assemblymember Kevin McCarty for your leadership in drafting and leading the way on this legislation.


AB 1127 (Bilingual Professional Development Program) This law re-established the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program–a successful method for addressing bilingual teacher shortages which ended in 2021. This program will empower local education agencies to partner with higher education institutions to provide professional learning opportunities to develop educators as they work to support students’ language needs.Thank you to bill sponsor Californians Together and to Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes for spearheading this bill.


AB 1106 will be reintroduced for 2024. Stay tuned. 

AB 1106 (Soria) – PK-3 early childhood education specialist credential: grant program.
Co-sponsored by Education Trust – West and Children Now

Current law requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to award planning grants of up to $250,000 each to regionally accredited institutions of higher education to develop plans for the creation of integrated programs of professional preparation that lead to more credentialed teachers with an emphasis on identified shortage fields, as provided. Current law requires the commission to also award implementation or expansion grants of up to $500,000 each for regionally accredited institutions of higher education to develop new programs of professional preparation or to establish a new partnership with a California community college, as provided. This bill would, separate from those grants, require the commission to develop and implement a program to award, on a competitive basis, planning grants of up to $250,000 each to regionally accredited institutions of higher education for the development of plans to guide the creation of programs of professional preparation, and implementation grants of up to $500,000 each to regionally accredited institutions of higher education for the implementation of programs of professional preparation, that lead to more credentialed teachers obtaining the PK-3 Early Childhood Education Specialist Credential, as provided. (Based on 03/30/2023 text)

Policy and Advocacy: Victory for Ed Equity2023-10-18T16:47:07-07:00
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