• About Us

  • Vision Statement

    Our vision is to cultivate multilingualism by affirming cultural assets and celebrating diversity through effective teaching and learning as a means for every student in LAUSD to become successful and prepared for career and post-secondary education in the 21st century.
  • Historic Court Cases for
    English Learners
     
     
    LEGAL BASIS FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS
     
    Supreme Court Rulings
    Brown v. Board of Education (1954)
    Lau v. Nichols (1974)
    Castañeda v. Pickard (Texas, 1981)
     
    Federal
    Civil Rights Act, Title VI (1964)
    Equal Educational Opportunities Act (1974)
    Office for Civil Rights
     
    California
    Former State Bilingual Education Act: AB 507
    Education Code 300-340 (Proposition 227)
  • Administrator's Message
     
    Welcome to the Multilingual and Multicultural Education Department (MMED). I am the executive director of this department and as a former English learner, I am honored and proud to lead a department that is committed to improving the lives of both English learner and standard English learners. Our focus will be the implementation of the EL Master Plan with fidelity at all schools so that student achievement is realized. MMED is comprised of the following offices:
     
    1) Dual Language / Bilingual Programs Office
    2) English Learner Programs / Compliance
    3) English Learner Programs
    4) World Languages and Cultures
     
    Our team of committed and dedicated educators is ready to serve and support schools at all levels. We look forward to providing effective program options, instructional services, and monitoring tools that are based on student outcomes.
     
     
    Hilda Maldonado
    Executive Director
    Multilingual and Multicultural Education Department
    333 S. Beaudry Avenue, 25th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
    (213) 241-5582
  • Proposition 58
     
    In November 2016, California voters approved Proposition 58, the California Education for a Global Economy Initiative. Although the proposition does not come with additional funding, it gives school districts more control over multilingual/biliteracy programs. 


    Under the new law taking effect on July 1, 2017:

    English Learners will be able to enroll in language acquisition programs outside of English immersion classes without their parents having to sign an annual exception waiver.

    The 30-day English program placement for first-time enrolled English Learners will no longer be required. 

    Parents and guardians of students enrolled in the school may choose a language acquisition program that best suits their child.

    As part of the parent and community engagement process required for the annual Local Control and Accountability Plan, school districts must solicit input on effective and appropriate instructional methods. These include establishing language acquisition programs, such as Dual Language, Transitional Bilingual, Maintenance Bilingual, and Structured English Immersion. 

    If more than 20 parents/guardians from a single grade level or 30 parents/ guardians schoolwide collectively request a multilingual or biliteracy program, the school must explore the feasibility of creating one “to the extent possible.” This is applicable to both English Learners, as well as English proficient students who want to learn another language. 

    In addition, L.A. Unified has created a Proposition 58 Transition Team which is collaborating with Local District and school-site administrators, teachers, parents, and community and labor partners in developing guidelines for implementation. 

    The California Board of Education will be approving specific regulations and guidelines for implementing Proposition 58. Guidance from the state is expected in Spring 2017. 

    For additional information, go to California Department of Education website on California Education for a Global Economy Initiative (Proposition 58) —› Click here