This series of in-depth school district case studies, authored by Social Policy Research Associates, illustrates how education systems change when an assets-based and research-based approach to learning for English Learners and Dual Language Learners is applied. The case studies offer an inside look at how SEAL was implemented in three California school districts: Mountain View School District, Oak Grove School District, and Redwood City School District. In addition to the three case studies, the series includes an Overview companion piece that describes the SEAL model, including its origin story, central design principles, staffing, professional development structure, and highlights from its pilot and expansion efforts.
The studies complement a recent multi-year evaluation conducted by Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Equity for English Learners and Wexford Institute, which found that SEAL positively influenced instructional practices, student engagement, and academic outcomes. We hope these studies will inspire educational leaders as they work to support Dual Language Learners/ English Learners and provide insight into how your district can benefit from approaches aligned with the SEAL model.