The Los Angeles Unified TK- 12 English Learner Micro-Credentialing process prepares educators to effectively teach and support TK-12 English Learners by understanding the causes of the achievement gap for English Learners and how to close the gap. As a result of the English Learner Micro-Credential, teachers will be able to support students’ growth in content areas and data such as Summative English Language Proficiency Assessments for California [Summative ELPAC], Dynamic Indicator of Early Literacy Skills [DIBELS] and/or Reading Inventory [RI], implement culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy in order to be accountable and responsive to the needs of diverse learners. The ultimate goal of TK-12 English Learner Micro-Credentialing is to cultivate accomplished English Learner educators who are able to enact positive change in their educational setting and improve achievement for students in Los Angeles Unified.
Educators who successfully complete the Los Angeles Unified TK-12 English Learner Micro-Credentialing process and earn a Los Angeles Unified TK-12 English Learner Micro-Credential will demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and dispositions:
- Deeply understand the English Language Development Standards, California Content Standards, especially the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools, English Learner Roadmap, 2018 Master Plan for English Learners and Standard English Learners, and implications of these standards and shifts on teaching and learning in a 21st Century English Learner classroom
- Design and deliver rigorous English Learner assessments to demonstrate growth in content areas and the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC)
- Leverage instructional technology and deliver English Learner progressions of learning with high impact instructional strategies to enhance learning
- Continuously plan, deliver, reflect and revise their culturally and linguistically responsive instruction to demonstrate growth in content and language
- Collaborate and lead the building of partnerships that support all students
Over the span of one school year, participants seeking the Los Angeles Unified TK-12 English Learner Micro-Credential engage as a community of practice in 105 hours of coursework that is blended and personalized. The 105 hours of coursework consists of three courses of two modules each. All courses are offered in a hybrid format with 30 hours of face-to-face, instructor-led training; 45 hours of self-paced, high-quality eLearning content training online; and 30 hours of homework and fieldwork. Throughout the process, educators produce five Evidence of Learning Artifacts (EOLAs) to demonstrate mastery and application of their learning in their setting. Additionally, educators complete a Capstone project that requires them to document the enactment of one EOLA in their setting, reflect on their work, and identify next steps and resources for their future growth. All courses are infused with Digital Media Literacy and the instructional technology support educators need to effectively leverage digital tools in their setting.
How Does TK-12 English Learner Micro-Credentialing Work in Los Angeles Unified?