Unit 1: Overview of the CA ELD Standards

What this unit is about: In this unit, you’ll find an overview of the CA ELD Standards and an introduction to their use.

All English learners must have full access to high-quality English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies content, as well as other academic subjects, while simultaneously learning English as an additional language. The CA ELD Standards are intended to support this dual endeavor by providing fewer, clearer, and higher standards that teachers can use to guide their instruction.

  1. Fewer: Standards that are necessary and essential for language development and academic success;
  2. Clearer: A coherent body of standards that have clear links to instructional practice and formative assessment practices; and
  3. Higher: Correspondence with the elevated standards in the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy and other new content standards.

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What you'll learn:

  • How the CA ELD Standards are structured and what their intent is
  • How the CA ELD Standards work in tandem with
    the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy
  • How the 2012 CA ELD Standards are
    different from the 1999 CA ELD Standards
  • Which components are included in the CA ELD
    Standards “suite” of resources
  • What the CA ELD Standards imply for teaching and


How you’ll learn:

Engage: Prepare for deeper learning by seeing a classroom example
Learn: View a tutorial and hear from an expert
Apply: Apply your learning to your own practice
Reflect and Connect: Engage with colleagues online or face-to-face
Check: Check your understanding