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Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners (RETELL)

Extending the Learning

While an educator can learn a great deal about Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) through an SEI Endorsement course, there are infinite opportunities to extend that learning and practice thereafter. Moreover, whether or not an educator has been required to obtain the SEI Endorsement, after July 1, 2016, under recertification regulations every public school educator in the Commonwealth must earn 15 PDPs addressing the needs of English language learners in each relicensure cycle.

On this webpage, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provides districts, schools, collaboratives and individual educators information about well-designed avenues to extend SEI learning and practice. This site provides a registry of SEI-related courses which have been reviewed and approved for promotion here by experts in the Department's Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement. This listing provides descriptions of approved offerings, as well as contact information through which districts, schools and educators can contact the course providers.

Districts, schools and collaboratives can use this site to:

  • Identify PD offerings that they would like to purchase and make available to their educators
  • Locate course offerings that are already being delivered, and share the course availability information with their educators

Individual educators can use this site to locate course offerings, and find course registration information so they can sign up for courses that will meet their professional development needs and interests.

Each of the offerings in this listing have been reviewed and approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and successful completion of these offerings will earn the participating educator PDPs.

The Department does not offer financial reimbursement of any kind to anyone participating in the courses listed below.

  • EEC105: Teaching Academic Language to Improve Content Area Instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) in the Elementary Grades
  • EEC106: Teaching Academic Language to Improve Content Area Instruction for ELLs (For Middle/High School Math and Science Teachers)
  • EEC107: Teaching Academic Language to Improve Content Area Instruction for ELLs (for Middle/High School Humanities and Literacy/ELA Teachers)
  • EEC108: Understanding academic language to improve content area instruction for ELLs (differentiated by content area)
  • EEC109: Academic Conversations in Classrooms with English Language Learners
  • EEC110: Academic English for English Learners in Math and Science
  • EEC111: Engaging Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students & Families in Secondary Schools
  • EEC112: Promoting Language Development and Content Area Learning for Specific ELL Subgroups
  • EEC113: Using Technology to Support ELLs in SEI and ESL/ELD Classrooms
  • EEC115: Collaborating through Coaching: Six Standards of Effective Pedagogy in SEI Literacy and Mathematics Instruction
  • EEC116: Differentiation & Academic Language
  • EEC117: Analyzing ELL Data for Content and Language Development (for all Educators)
  • EEC118: Evaluation and Leadership for ELL Equity (for Leaders/Administrators)
  • EEC119: Strong Home-School Connection for ELLs (for all Educators)
  • EEC120: ELL Teacher Leadership and Collaboration Strategies (for ELL and Content Teacher Teams)
  • EEC121: Engaging Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students and Families in Elementary Schools
  • EEC122: Introduction to English Language Development Standards in Massachusetts
  • EEC123: Early English Language Development (E-ELD) for PK-K Teachers
  • EEC124: Planning for Cultural and Linguistic Variability with Universal Design for Learning — A Facilitated Self-paced Course

Last Updated: June 12, 2020

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