• Welcome Teachers!


    The foundation for serving ELL students is English Language Development (ELD) using Integrated and Designated ELD.


    ELLMA helps OUSD to develop curriculum and professional development materials based on the California English Language Development Standards and the California ELA/ELD Framework which provides guidance for for implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the CA ELD Standards.


    Integrated ELD is the practice of developing academic language in all subject areas in order to provide students access to the core academic program. Designated ELD is a protected time each day for instruction tailored for each student's language proficiency level. English Language Learners need both in order to progress and reach the goal of reclassification within their first six years in U.S. schools.


    Learn more about Integrated and Designated ELD in Chapter Two of the ELA/ELD Framework and specific requirements for ELD in OUSD Elementary Schools.


    Read on for how to use ELD strategies in your classroom.

What Designated ELD material should I use?

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What high leverage ELL strategies are recommended?

  • The high leverage strategies for ELLs are grounded in the Big 3:


    • Fortifying Complex Output: the guided practice as well as written and oral rehearsal of complex language production.
    • Academic Discussion: explicit teaching of discussion skills while ensuring equity of voice through language supports and structured talk protocols. Academic discussions increase engagement, deepen content understanding, and develop students' language skills.
    • Using Complex Text to develop complex language ie. close reading, language play (Unpacking Juicy sentences, text reconstruction)


    Check out our collection of classroom strategies below. These can be used across all subjects and grade levels to engage English Learners, as well as other students, in grade-level content.



    Language of the Text Types

    The Teaching and Learning Cycle Overview

Asset-Based Cards

  • Asset based cards


    Inspired by Berkeley Unified's Equity Cards, these are themed strategies for leveraging the strength of ELLs and ALLs (Academic Language Learners).


    Click on the image to download! If you'd like a printed set, please email nicole.knight@ousd.org and specify the quantity.

Classroom Strategy Reference Sheets

  • vignettes


    The vignettes provide examples of instruction at each grade level.

  • toolkit


    A straightforward guide to developing academic language for all students in all content areas.

  • Big 3 graphic


    Learn about the BIG 3: high impact language and literacy strategies for all learners.

  • Ellma video library


    Check out our collection: these videos demonstrate best ELL teaching practices.

  • reclassification

  • Timeline

    Overview of ELL Milestones: how to support students month by month

Report Card Translations

  • Download a Kindergarten - 5th grade report card translation in the following languages:







    For middle and high school, families should ask front office staff to change their Correspondence Language in order to receive a translated report card.