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    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:

    FirstLastTitleAffiliation
    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:

    DateTimeLocation
    10/20/202110:00 am – 12:00 pmThis meeting is being held remotely. If you would like to attend please email David.Valade@mass.gov for the ZOOM link.
    2/16/202210:00 am – 12:00 pmThis meeting is being held remotely. If you would like to attend please email David.Valade@mass.gov for the ZOOM link.
    5/16/202210:00 am – 12:00 pmThis meeting is being held remotely. If you would like to attend please email Allison.E.Balter@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: May 10, 2022

     
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