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El Monte Union High School District Personnel Present at CSBA Annual Conference

by Anne Donofrio-Holter

El Monte

El Monte Union High School District personnel were selected to present at the CSBA’s (California School Boards Association) Annual Education Conference (AEC) and Trade Show held recently in San Diego.  AEC is “CSBA’s premier continuing education program delivering practical solutions to help governance teams from districts and county offices of education improve student learning and achievement.”
“The El Monte Union High School District was invited to present by Shelly Spiegel-Coleman of Californians Together,” said Edith Echeverria, Director of Categorical Programs. “The District and Californians Together have been partnering for over four years to address the needs of English learners, particularly long term English learners.”
According to Echeverria, “a long term English learner, as defined by California law, has been enrolled in U.S. schools for more than six years, has remained at the same English proficiency level for two or more consecutive years, and has scored below or far below basic on the English language arts standards test.”
“We began our presentation with an overview of the work we have done with Californians Together, then specifically, what the District is doing to address the needs of long term English learners,” said Echeverria.  “We concluded the presentation by sharing the specific format we use to present ongoing professional development and support to our teachers.”
“We are very proud of our staff and their commitment to serving all students, especially our long term English learners,” said El Monte Union High School District Superintendent Nick Salerno. “Their presentation was well received and will, hopefully, lead to more opportunities in other schools and districts. We were honored to be selected as presenters at the conference.”
Approximately 4,500 people attended the conference which featured 225 speakers, 135 workshops and 173 exhibitors.
CSBA is “the nonprofit education association representing the elected officials who govern public school districts and county offices of education.  With a membership of nearly 1,000 educational agencies statewide, CSBA brings together school governing boards and administrators from districts and county offices of education to advocate for effective policies that advance the education and wellbeing of the state’s more than 6 million school-age children.”

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