Moving Forward with Common Core State Standards: Fostering a Learning Culture for English Learners and Their Teachers [Oakland]


  • February 26, 2014
  • Hilton Oakland Airport
    1 Hegenberger Road
    Oakland, California




Almost 100 Northern California district and county office of education leaders gathered on February 26 in Oakland for a one-day event focused on the rapidly changing landscape for implementation of the Common Core State Standards with English learners.

The event focused on building district capacity to implement plans and practices that support thoughtful implementation of CCSS instruction and assessment that focus on the success of English learners.

Event Objectives:

  1. Explore the latest research, resources, and promising practices to support English learners within the context of CCSS implementation;
  2. Learn about state-supported tools, frameworks, and professional learning modules and how to access and incorporate them; and
  3. Connect with other districts and county offices of education to share ideas and resources.

Co-sponsored by REL West at WestEd, California Collaborative on District Reform at AIR, and California Education Partners, the event featured multiple opportunities to learn from experts and each other, access resources and tools that support teachers and EL students, and plan next steps.

Aida Walqui, Director of the Teacher Professional Development Program at WestEd and national expert on issues related to English learners and the Common Core State Standards, provided the keynote address, Changing Times, Changing Standards, Changing Teacher Expertise.
[An audio recording of Walqui's remarks may be found in the left column of this event page. A transcript is attached on the right.]
Participants chose from among the following breakout sessions: [selected breakout session materials are available in the column on the right side of this event page]

  1. Professional Learning at Your Fingertips: California Department of Education's
    New English Language Development Standards Online Modules
  2. 2014 California English Language Arts/English Language Development Curriculum Framework
  3. Formative Assessment Practice with English Learners: What It Is and How Districts Can Foster It
  4. Improving Access to CCSS and STEM for English Learners
  5. District Planning for ELs and Their Teachers

Questions about this event? Please contact Meg Livingston Asensio,, 415.615.3196.