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Mathematics and Reading Professional Development Program   

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(a) (1) For the purposes of this section, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall provide funding to local education agencies, with the approval of the State Board of Education, to provide professional development in reading language arts and mathematics to teachers of English language learner pupils. The criteria for the provision of funding shall include quality standards for the persons who train others to perform professional development training and for those who provide the training. Training providers shall have knowledge of the English language arts content standards, the mathematics content standards, the English language development standards, and second language acquisition skills. All providers shall have a thorough knowledge of all of the following instructional materials:

(A) The required state board adopted programs for kindergarten to grade 8, inclusive.

(B) The English language development components of the state board adopted programs for kindergarten and grades 1 to 8, inclusive.

(C) The standards-aligned programs purchased by local education agencies for grades 9 to 12, inclusive.

(D) A means of incorporating the supplemental instructional materials adopted pursuant to the Budget Act of 2004 and pursuant to Chapter 79 of the Statutes of 2006, designed to assist English learner pupils become proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.

(2) For purposes of this section, "trainer provider" is defined as a currently or prospectively approved provider who may contract with a local education agency to offer any of the following:

(A) The 40 hours of training as authorized in Section 99237.

(B) The 40 hours of training authorized in Section 99237, in addition to the 40 hours of training for teachers of English learner pupils authorized in this section.

(C) The 40 hours of training authorized in Section 99237, in addition to the 40 hours of training for teachers of English learner pupils authorized in this section and the followup training authorized in Section 99237.

(3) Nothing in this section shall be construed to preclude training providers to apply to only offer the 40 hours of training for teachers of English language learner pupils.

(4) The State Department of Education, no later than January 1, 2007, shall establish the criteria for the professional development offered pursuant to this section. The professional development training shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, all of the following characteristics:

(A) It shall be sufficient in scope, depth, and duration to fully equip teachers with comprehensive instructional strategies using state board adopted instructional materials, including the universal access components of the state board adopted programs.

(B) It shall include English Language Development components of the state board adopted programs, and also provide strategies to differentiate instruction as needed in the basic programs, including, but not necessarily limited to, English language proficiency levels as measured by the California English Language Development Test.

(C) It shall include strategies to use supplementary materials with the state board adopted program to meet the needs of English language learner pupils.

(D) It shall be capable of delivering a thorough knowledge of the core academic content standards using the English language development standards to deliver instruction, as applicable.

(b) From funds appropriated pursuant to Provision (2) of Item 6110-137-0001 of Section 2.00 of the Budget Act of 2006 (Ch. 47, Stats. 2006) for the purposes of this section, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall award funding to provide eligible elementary and secondary teachers with 40 hours of instruction, followup instruction, and support in areas including, but not necessarily limited to, all of the following:

(1) Vocabulary development.

(2) Writing development.

(3) Core academic standards and English Language Development Standards.

(4) Comprehensive instructional strategies using state board adopted instructional materials, including the universal access components of the state board adopted programs.

(5) Analyzing achievement of English learners to improve pupil performance through the use of multiple measures including state and local pupil assessment instruments and the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program.

(6) English Language Development targeted to the pupils' English language proficiency level as measured by the California English Language Development Test.

(7) Early intervention techniques for pupils experiencing difficulty.

(8) Instructional strategies to teach essential content to address the varied learning needs of English learner pupils, including the different proficiency levels of English language learner pupils as determined by the California English Language Development Test.

(9) Any additional instruction and training areas that may be considered to improve pupil learning and achievement based upon the needs of participating teachers.

(c) All local education agencies are eligible to participate in the professional development training for teachers of English language learner pupils authorized pursuant to this section. Priority in funding shall be awarded to any local education agency that meets one or more of the following criteria:

(1) Twenty percent or more of its total enrollment is English language learner pupils.

(2) It has one or more schools identified as in program improvement under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (20 U.S.C. Secs. 6301 et seq.).

(3) It has one or more schools that have not met their English language learner subgroup targets pursuant to Section 52052.

(d) In order to be eligible to participate in the training described under this section, a teacher shall have completed 40 hours of professional development training pursuant to Section 99237, at any prior time. As a condition of receipt of funding to provide the professional development described in this section, a local education agency shall submit a certified assurance to the State Board of Education, signed by the appropriate agency official and approved in a public session by the governing body of the agency, declaring that the teachers who participated in the professional development for teachers of English language learner pupils described in this section have previously completed 40 hours of professional development pursuant to Section 99237.

(e) A teacher who has completed 40 hours of professional development for teachers of English learner pupils described in this section shall have the option of allowing this participation to fulfill 50 percent of the 80 hours of followup training required pursuant to Section 99237.

(f) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall allocate funding appropriated for the purposes of professional development training for teachers of English language learner pupils, as described in this section, in the amount of one thousand two hundred fifty dollars ($1,250) per qualifying teacher. The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall provide the funding to eligible local education agencies upon the provision, to qualified teachers, of the 40 hours of training described in this section. Of the funding allocated pursuant to this subdivision, a local educational agency may not use more than five hundred dollars ($500) of the per-teacher amount to provide an individual teacher stipend.

(g) (1) On or before April 1, 2007, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall submit estimates of both of the following to the Department of Finance and the Legislature:

(A) The number of teachers who intend to participate in the professional development for teachers of English language learner pupils as described in this section, but who have not already participated in professional development offered pursuant to Section 99234.

(B) The number of teachers who intend to participate only in the professional development offered pursuant to Section 99234.

(2) The report prepared under this subdivision shall estimate the cost of accommodating the teachers referenced in subparagraphs (A) and (B) of paragraph (1). If the Superintendent of Public Instruction finds that the cost of accommodating the numbers estimated in the report exceeds the amount of funding available pursuant to the Budget Act of 2006 for the professional training authorized pursuant to Section 99234, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall notify the Department of Finance and the Legislature of the need to transfer funds from those appropriated for professional development for teachers of English language learner pupils under Provision 2 of Item 6110-137-0001 of Section 2.00 of the Budget Act of 2006 in order to accommodate providing the 40 hours of training authorized pursuant to Section 99237 for teachers of English language learner pupils.

(h) (1) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall appoint an advisory committee, consisting of at least eight members, in order to ensure the quality and effectiveness of the training provided pursuant to this section. The advisory committee shall be made up of elementary and secondary teachers and teachers of English language learner pupils, schoolsite and school district administrators, representatives from higher education, researchers, and representatives from county offices. The majority of advisory committee members shall have expertise in second language acquisition and experience in teaching the academic content standards and English Language Development standards.

(2) The advisory committee shall make recommendations to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, including, but not necessarily limited to, all of the following:

(A) Training criteria.

(B) Training providers.

(C) Implementation of the program.

(D) Whether or not this type of training to teachers of English learners in other subjects besides reading and mathematics is appropriate.

(3) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall make any recommendations made by the advisory committee available to the Legislature and the Governor upon request. To the extent practicable, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall use the advisory committee established under the English Language Learner Acquisition and Development Pilot Program pursuant to Section 420, if that section is added in the 2005-06 Regular Session of the Legislature.

(i) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall include information on this training in the reports provided to the Legislature pursuant to Section 99240.

(Added by Stats. 2006, Ch. 524, Sec. 7.)

Reference:

20 USC 6301 et seq.

Education Code 420

Education Code 52052

Education Code 99234

Education Code 99237

Education Code 99240