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The department of Special Projects/GATE/English Language Learners is a multifaceted department that supports the district in the Title III federal grant program, English Learner instructional programs, and the parent leadership group DELAC.  It provides district-wide professional development for all teachers of English learners as well as the special cadre of English Learner Instructional Support Leads K-12 (ELIS Leads). Our work has generated a valuable and useful resources called E-Tools and S-Tools.  The department also provides translation services of district based parent informational materials into Spanish, Korean and Chinese.
Our mission is to serve as an integral part of the Educational Services 
Division for the Rowland Unified School District. Our objective is to continue 
to build a common core of knowledge and practicum as we enhance capacity to 
serve our English learners across all content areas. To accomplish this the 
department provides the necessary pillars to support all English learners and 
students who study in the alternative programs such as Two-Way Bilingual, 
Traditional Bilingual/Spanish programs and Early Exit/Spanish programs.
We are proud to facilitate district-wide professional development through the ELIS Leads K-12 project. The Leads work within the district to disseminate content and information, share expertise, facilitate the application of best practices and strategies in other classrooms, and serve as a liaison between the district and schools. In addition, we provide leadership for new teacher orientation, and on-going professional development opportunities.

The department is the initiator and sponsor of the Bilingual Competency Award. Rowland values the cultural and linguistic diversity of our community by recognizing bilingual competency through a wide range of criteria.  Rowland is one of three districts in the state of California who currently recognizes these achievements.

We oversee the California English Language Development Testing program and the implementation of the District Master Plan for English Language Learners.Furthermore, we support the selection process for core and English learner supplemental materials, and we participate in the San Gabriel Valley Migrant Ed Consortium.
The department looks forward to working in partnership with you to support the achievements of all students. I invite you to visit our department links or call the Office of Special Projects/GATE at (626) 854-8390.
Silvia L Rivas
Director of Special Projects/GATE