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Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)

English Language Learners/Bilingual Education Advisory Council

Under Massachusetts General Laws (c. 15, §1G), the Department is required to establish and maintain a bilingual education Advisory Council. The English Language Learners/Bilingual Education Advisory Council's role is to advise the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Commissioner on matters pertaining to the education of English Language Learners (ELLs) in Massachusetts' public schools. Specifically, the Council will:

  • assess statewide trends and needs
  • seek public and professional input
  • analyze information regarding education of ELLs
  • advise and make recommendations regarding legislation, regulations, and program guidelines
  • provide other programmatic recommendations as it deems necessary to fulfill the goals established by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Council Members

The EL/Bilingual Education Advisory Council is composed of members recommended by the Commissioner and appointed by the Board of Education. Appointment to the Council is for a three-year term, and no member may serve more than two consecutive terms. Membership is presently comprised of local education officials, teachers, parents, students, and representatives from higher education. A list of current council members follows:

NameTitleInstitution
Allison BalterFounding PrincipalENLACE, Lawrence Public Schools
Heidys MendezParent LiaisonHaverhill Public Schools
Meghan LampertParent, English Learner TeacherChatham Elementary School
Kellie JonesDirector of Bilingual EducationBrockton Public Schools
Antonina Parris-YarbroughEL SpecialistExcel Academy Charter Schools
Ivonne BorreroSupervisor, English Learners and Students with DisabilitiesBoston Public Schools
Dalida RochaPolitical CoordinatorSEIU
Andrea ParkerParent, Diversity-Equity Coach 
Jill DavanParent, ELD Instructional Coach/Teacher Dual ImmersionFramingham School District
Kerri LampreyESL Curriculum CoordinatorBurlington Public Schools
Mary Jo RendónFamily/Community Engagement SpecialistWaltham School District
Chris LeiderProgram Director, Bilingual Education and TESOLBoston University
Meg BurnsPresident, MABE
Asst. Professor TESOL/Bilingual Education
MABE
Lesley University
Craig ConsigliAsst. SuperintendentMilford Public Schools
Monica AbdullahSpecial Education/Vocational Tech EducatorThe Center School Holyoke
Virginia Guglielmo-BradyEL Director and Curriculum CoordinatorPittsfield Public Schools
Ahmed NoorDirector of EL Community OutreachBoston Public Schools
Taran TiwariNepali Parent LiaisonSpringfield Public Schools
Anis AbdulleChair of the Board of DirectorsAfrican Community and Economic Development of New England (ACEDONE)

Names of council co-chairpersons appear in bold type.

Meeting Schedule for the 2020-2021 School Year

The EL/Bilingual Education Advisory Council will meet on the following dates during the 2020-2021 school year:

DateTimeLocation
10/29/202010:00am–12:00pmThis meeting is being held remotely. If you would like to attend please email David.Valade@mass.gov for the ZOOM link.
2/24/202110:00am–12:00pmThis meeting is being held remotely. If you would like to attend please email David.Valade@mass.gov for the ZOOM link.
5/13/202110:00am–12:00pmThis meeting is being held remotely. If you would like to attend please email David.Valade@mass.gov for the ZOOM link.

All meetings will take place virtually via Zoom unless otherwise noted. Final links and proposed agenda topics will be posted on the EL/Bilingual Education Advisory Council webpage at least 48 hours before each meeting.

Contact Information

781-338-6711

David.Valade@mass.gov

Last Updated: January 5, 2021

 
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