English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)
Contact: Mr. ChavarriaThe future of California—the world’s fifth-largest economy—very much rests on the shoulders of its Multilingual Learner (ML) students and their teachers. As a state with 300,000 teachers and 2.5 million ML students, the potential for transformative, large-scale change is limitless.
The ELAC consists of families of English Language Learners, administrators, teachers, students, and paraprofessionals. It is an advisory body to oversee the EIA/LEP Program and it's budget. The committee meets every other month. Family education/training workshops are also arranged through the ELAC. Dinner, child care, and translation services are provided at all meetings.
The percentage of parents of English learners on the committee must be at least the same as that of English learners at the school.
Requirements for ELAC elections include:
- Parents/guardians of English learners elect parent members of the school committee.
- The parents/guardians are provided the opportunity to vote for committee members.
- Each school committee shall have the opportunity to elect at least one member to the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC).
Formation & Function
Each California Public School from Kindergarten through grade 12, with 21 or more English learners must form a functional English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). The ELAC is a committee for parents or other community members who want to advocate for English Learners.
The purpose of the ELAC (or subcommittee, if appropriate) is to advise the principal and school staff on programs and services for English learners and the SSC on the development of the Single School Plan for Student Achievement. The ELAC also assists the school on other tasks listed below
The committee advises and assists the school principal, staff and School Site Council (SSC) as follows:
- The school’s program for English learners.
- The development of the Single School Plan for Student Achievement.(SPSA)
- The school’s needs assessment.
- The school’s annual language census (R-30 LC Report).
- Efforts to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.
The district shall provide for all ELAC members:
- Appropriate training and materials to assist each member to carry out his or her legally required advisory responsibilities.
- Training planned in full consultation with ELAC members. ElA-LEP and/or district funds may be used to cover the costs of training and attendance of ELAC members (e.g., costs associated with childcare, translation services, meals, and other reasonable expenses).