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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 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.

2023-2024 ELBAC Members

MonicaAbdullahSpecial Education/Vocational Tech EducatorThe Center School Holyoke
AnisAbdulleChair of the Board of DirectorsAfrican Community and Economic Development of New England (ACEDONE)
MegBurnsAssociate Professor, TESOL and Bilingual EducationLesley University
WinkiChanAdult Education ESOL TeacherThe Welcome Project, Somerville (Formerly)
CraigConsigliAssistant SuperintendentMilford Public Schools
MarilynGlazerDirector, Intensive English Institute & World Language InstituteMiddlesex Community College
MonicaGonzalez de WulffBoard Member of SPARK KindnessSPARK Kindness
KellieJonesDirector of Bilingual EducationBrockton Public Schools
MeghanLampertParent, English Learner TeacherChatham Elementary School
KerriLampreyESL Curriculum CoordinatorBurlington Public Schools
TatianaLara MelendezELPAC ChairLeominster Public Schools
HeidysMendezHigh School Guidance CounselorLawrence Public Schools
ChristineMonticello LeiderAssistant Professor, UMB / President, MATSOLUniversity of Massachusetts Boston / MATSOL
AhmedNoorDirector of EL Community OutreachBoston Public Schools
AndreaParkerSenior Statewide Family EngagementFederation for Children with Special Needs
Anne M.RobertiExecutive Director of English Language Programs and Community EducationFramingham State University
MollyRossAssistant Director of Multilingual Learners and Family Engagement/ Vice-President, MATSOLRandolph Public Schools/MATSOL

Meeting Schedule for the 2023-2024 School Year

The EL/Bilingual Education Advisory Council will meet on the following dates during the 2023-2024 school year:

10/12/20231:00 pm – 3:00 pmThis meeting is being held remotely. If you would like to attend please email for the ZOOM link.
2/7/20249:00 am – 11:00 amThis meeting is being held remotely. If you would like to attend please email for the ZOOM link.
5/15/20242:00 pm – 4:00 pmThis 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.

ELBAC Meeting Dates:

Thursday, October 12, 20231:00–3:00 (Zoom)
Wednesday, February 7, 20249:00–11:00 (Zoom)
Wednesday, May 15, 20242:00–4:00 (Zoom)

Contact Information


Last Updated: February 1, 2024

Contact Us

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
135 Santilli Highway, Everett, MA 02149

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


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