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 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 ELs
  • 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:

MonicaAbdullahSpecial Education/Vocational Tech EducatorThe Center School Holyoke
AnisAbdulleChair of the Board of DirectorsAfrican Community and Economic Development of New England (ACEDONE)
MegBurnsPresident, MABELesley University / MABE
WinkiChanDirector of Education and Family EngagementThe Welcome Project, Somerville
CraigConsigliAssistant SuperintendentMilford Public Schools
MonicaGonzalezELPAC ChairNatick Public Schools
KellieJonesDirector of Bilingual EducationBrockton Public Schools
MeghanLampertEnglish Learner TeacherChatham Elementary School
KerriLampreyDirector of English Learner EducationBurlington Public Schools
TatianaLara MelendezELPAC ChairLeominster Public Schools
ChristineLeiderAssistant Professor, UMB / Vice-President, MATSOLUniversity of Massachusetts Boston / MATSOL
HeidysMendezHigh School Guidance CounselorLawrence Public Schools
AhmedNoorDirector of EL Community OutreachBoston Public Schools
AndreaParkerSenior Statewide Family Engagement Federation for Children with Special Needs
AntoninaParrisDean of Student SupportsExcel Academy Charter Schools
Mary JoRendónFamily/Community Engagement SpecialistWaltham School District
TaranTiwariNepali Parent LiaisonSpringfield Public Schools

Names of council co-chairpersons appear in bold type.

Meeting Schedule for the 2021-2022 School Year

The EL/Bilingual Education Advisory Council will meet on the following dates during the 2021-2022 school year:

10/20/202110:00am–12:00pmThis meeting is being held remotely. If you would like to attend please email for the ZOOM link.
2/16/202210:00am–12:00pmThis meeting is being held remotely. If you would like to attend please email 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


Last Updated: January 4, 2022

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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