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Project ACCEPT

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Aligning the Common Core for English Learners, Parents & Teachers

Project Purpose

Project ACCEPT, a U.S. Department of Education Professional Development Grant provides professional development to improve the education of English learners.


  • Preservice bilingual teachers complete CA State licensure
  • Inservice teachers/educators complete Dual Language Certificate for advanced certification
  • Inservice teachers/educators complete professional development activities to improve instruction for ELs
  • Parents/families develop knowledge and skills in instructional technology engagement.
  • Professional Learning Community (PLC) with participants from each district plan professional development and parent/family component.

Contact Information:

Ana M. Hernández, Ed. D., Project Director
School of Education
California State University San Marcos
(760) 750-8507 office or (760) 500-9665 (cell)

Partners - Local Education Agencies

Districts involved in the US Department of Education – Office of English Language Acquisition grant: Fallbrook Union Elementary SD, Oceanside USD, and Valley Center Pauma USD

Professional Learning Community Committee for Project ACCEPT

  • Project Director: Dr. Ana Hernández,
  • Project Evaluator: Dr. Annette Daoud,
  • Project Instructional Advisor/Coach: Martha Richardson,
  • OUSD Member: Juanita Hernández, Principal at Reynolds Elementary
  • FUESD Member: Dr. Edith Powers, Principal at Maie Ellis Elementary
  • VCPUSD Member: Lorena Guerrero-López, TOSA

Parent Trainers & Community Liaisons for Project ACCEPT

  • Eliseo Higinio, DLE Teacher, Maie Ellis Elementary, FUESD
  • Alma Sánchez, DLE Teacher, Reynolds Elementary. OUSD
  • Nadia Clayton, TOSA, VCPUSD


"As an Immersion teacher, taking part of the Dual Language certificate classes was a great experience. Not only did I have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from colleagues and professors, but I also had the opportunity to reflect on the best practices and research related topics within Dual Language Education. In addition, I also had the opportunity to reflect on the program I teach in since it is a new developing 90/10 immersion program. Taking these courses enhanced and benefited my professional career as an immersion teacher. "

- Alma Sánchez, M.A. Ed., TWI Second Grade Teacher, Reynolds Elementary School

"As a two-way immersion teacher at Oceanside Unified who has completed the Dual Language Certificate program and the Project ACCEPT PD's, I can say that these courses/professional development have increased my knowledge in becoming a more effective teacher for the better of my students. Through these courses, I have learned about concepts that I can implement in my teaching that have helped my students in becoming life-long learners. I would highly recommend being a part of the two programs as it is a learning experience that will benefit both teachers and students."

Liliana Garcia , 1st-grade TWI teacher 

"As Dual Language Education grows, so does the need for teachers to teach in these programs, but it is also important to prepare teachers to teach and be competent to teach in both languages. I was not fortunate to receive my education in my primary language, Spanish, and everything I know is what I call “home-made Spanish”. I learned how to read, write, and speak Spanish at home with my mother, very informally.  Spanish is my primary language and the language I feel more comfortable speaking in, but a lot of the times I don’t feel as confident with my Spanish writing. Taking part of the Writing Professional development opportunity offered by Project ACCEPT was very beneficial to my professional growth as well as my personal knowledge in the Spanish writing. I had various opportunities to discuss, plan and observe best practices with Spanish writing that I could take back to my classroom and implement in my own lessons.  This definitely helped me better support my students from various linguistic levels and backgrounds develop their writing skills and also get them closer to that biliterate goal."

- Alma Sánchez, M.A. Ed., TWI Second Grade Teacher, Reynolds Elementary School

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Alina- student graduate from Project ACCEPT