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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”.


Professional Development Opportunities

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    We are very excited to announce the 2nd Annual Virtual International Newcomer Student Leadership Conference on January 22, 2022 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Teachers, students in grades 6 - 12, and families are all invited to attend and can register by going to https://bit.ly/2022LeadershipRegistration and selecting the workshops they would like to participate in.  Click on the image above or here for flyer with more details. 

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  • pltel pd

    We are happy to announce the dates for our Comprehensive ELD for PLTEL & LTEL Students it Disabilities Grades 3-12 PD.  This 2 day virtual PD opportunity is a collaboration between MMED & the Division of Special Education.  Each day of the series is a 4 hour interactive PD. Please click on the image or flyer for more information.

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  • We are happy to offer a special PD opportunity for Dual Language teachers.  Click here or on the image above for details.

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    TK - 12 Title III Coaches and EL Designees are invited to join us for a professional learning opportunity.  Click on flyer for details.

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New & Noteworthy

  • L.A. Unified leading the way toward a multilingual and multicultural California.

    Celebrating the historic inauguration of L.A. Unified's first Japanese Dual Language Education program at Amestoy Elementary School!

Additional News from MMED

  • 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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  • Winter Reading Contest for Students in Grades PreK - 12

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    All students are invited to participate in LAUSD's reading contest.  For details, click here or on the image above.

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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.

      pathway video

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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