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I am Lydia Acosta Stephens, your executive director for the Multilingual and Multicultural Education Department (MMED) at L.A. Unified. I am honored to lead our department, serving over 200,000 students, each with individual needs and unique pathways to academic success. We understand that our students require enriched language supports in every learning environment, and realize the urgency to ensure a relevant and rigorous educational program is accessible to all. Our educational programs for students are tailored to meet the individual learning needs of our diverse English learners and all language learners on their pathway to bilingualism and biliteracy. Our educational programs reflect updated research, practice, monitoring, and resources on instructional delivery models. Programs such as Dual Language Education and World Languages are open to all. We continue to work together towards bilingualism and biliteracy for all by ensuring equity, access and opportunities for all students regardless of the learning environment. At MMED, we fundamentally believe that we must all “be the light, be of service and be the solution”.


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New & Noteworthy

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    Attention Title VI Parents and Families
    We invite all of you to attend a Tribal Consultation Public Hearing on
    Monday, May 9, 2022 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. or
    Wednesday May 11, 2022 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    For details and the invitation letter please click here.
  • Join us!

    Schools interested in offering a new Dual Language Education (DLE) Program for the School Year 2023-2024 are invited to attend.

    Come to learn about:

    DLE benefits and goals
    DLE program structures
    Planning year activities
    DLE application process for SY 2023-2024
    Choices application procedures
    Unified Enrollment platform overview

    We encourage school teams to attend and learn about the exciting DLE program options for schools!

    Click here or on the picture below for details.


  • April is National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month.

    Los Angeles Unified supports more than 92,000 English Learners. Our District is also proud to offer Dual Language Education programs in 7 languages and World Languages and Cultures courses in 11 different languages. Enjoy this informational video to learn more about the upcoming K-12 Multilingualism Awards. Click on our directory and visit our website to learn more!

  • Los Angeles Unified has more than 92,000 English Learners and we are thankful for the students who spoke at today’s School Board meeting about their language journey. Thank you Emily and Santiago from Julie Korenstein ES, Stephany from @VerdugoHillsHS, Valeria and Nestor from @Jefferson_Demos, Mia from Olive Vista MS, and Jasmine from John Liechty MS for sharing ideas to help all students on their journey toward bilingualism.

Additional News from MMED

  • International Newcomer Enrichment Summer Program

    Registration is now available. For more information click on the image below.

    To enroll click here.

    Newcomer Summer

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  • Reclassification for English Learners in Grades K - 12

    The policy on Reclassification for English Learners in Grade K - 12 has been updated.  To access the new policy click here.

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  • Honoring Identities and Human Kindness - An Instructional Resource

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    We would like to share this valuable resource with all educators that can help support your schools with honoring identities and human kindness.  To access the resource click above or here.


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  • Honoring Indigenous People - An Instructional Resource


    This resource has been created with reflection and care by MMED to support teachers and families in respecting
    and honoring the heritage, memories and histories of Indigenous peoples of the Americas. MMED’s vision of
    getting to know each other by name, needs and assets calls us to learn about and appreciate the cultural and
    linguistic assets that we are fortunate to have in L.A. Unified. To access this resource click on the image above or click here.


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  • Pathway Award and Seal of Biliteracy


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    Click below to watch an informational video on the

    Pathway to Biliteracy and the Seal of Biliteracy Awards.

                             English Video                                Spanish Video (Español)

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  • Dual Language and World Language Programs Directory
  • Pathway to Biliteracy Award Information
  • Seal of Biliteracy Award Information

Quick Links

  • Coordinator Resources
  • AEA
  • Indian Education Program
  • Dual Language and World Languages Programs Directory
  • Family Resources
  • Master Plan Toolkit
  • Elementary Resources
  • Dual Language and Unified Enrollment
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Reading Horizons
  • Reading Inventory

Office Hours

  • Office Hourse

    MMED is proud to announce office hours to support your work.

    Click on the image above for details.


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  • Rosetta Stone is now available for many different languages.  Please click here or on the image above for more information about availability and office hours.

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    Rosetta Stone office hours available.  Click on image above for details.


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Instructional Resources and Supports

  • Family Resources for Instructional Support
  • Teacher Resources for Instructional Support
  • Professional Development
  • CDE Resources for Virtual Academies

Multilingual Resources

  • Elementary EL Resources
  • Secondary EL Resources
  • Dual Language Resources
  • World Languages and Cultures Resources