Leadership, Equity, and Access for Languages (LEAL) Project

Proyecto LEAL: Liderazgo, Equidad, y Acceso para Lenguajes

LEAL is affiliated with the Center for Equity & Biliteracy Education Research (CEBER) at San Diego State University



LEAL offers professional learning to elevate teachers' knowledge, dispositions, and skills emphasizing their contributions to policymaking at their schools and districts through equity and global perspectives.

  • "Equity leadership requires that kind of commitment, courage, and self-selection from all of us. It requires us to imagine equitable spaces and ideas that we have not seen in practice. To do this leaders need a bold vision, significant knowledge and skills, and collaboration with many people (Freire et al., 2024). - The Handbook of Dual Language Bilingual Education"

About Us

Project LEAL is in partnership with San Diego State University Global Campus, San Diego County Office of Education Multilingual Education and Global Achievement, and WestEd to provide in-service teachers with instructional approaches and tools that are specifically sensitive to the language demands of multilingual learners and will help generate much-needed leadership in this important area across the San Diego and Imperial Valley regions.

Project LEAL currently partners with four local education agencies: San Ysidro School District, Calexico Unified School District, San Diego Unified School District and Chula Vista Learning Community Charter School.


Establish expert, strategic and evaluation teams
Design and validate professional development certificate courses
Recruit participants and implement professional development certificate courses
Implement customized professional development coaching and networking activities
Create evidence-based resources of school reading and family engagement for school and district sustainability
Conduct continuous reviews of program quality and evaluate replication potential using quasi-experimental design that meets What Works Clearinghouse Standards with reservations

LEAL Certificate

The certificate program uses a hybrid model, with courses taking place online and in person. The curricula focuses on equity and is designed to empower educators to participate in policymaking at their school sites and in their districts. 

  • Learning outcomes: Emphasize teacher leaders’ contributions to policymaking at their schools and districts
  • Four courses that emphasize global awareness: (a) Equity in Language, (b) Equity in Systems, (c) Equity in Assessment and Accountability, and d) Equity in Action
  • Six-week sequential intervals of one course at a time with structured breaks between courses
    • Two courses in the Fall and two courses in the Spring (connected to existing conferences and community events)
  • Tuition Free and Stipend Available

Interested in more information? Let us know:

LEAL Project Interest Form


Leadership, Equity and Access for Languages (LEAL), San Diego State University, U.S. Department of Education Award Number: T365Z220149