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English Learner Education

Blueprint for English Learner Success

Pillar 1: School Culture

From the Vision: English learners in Massachusetts attend schools in which all educators share responsibility for their success, engage effectively with their families, and value and nurture their linguistic and cultural assets.

Building Block 3: Asset-based teaching and learning

Level: District

  • District leaders ensure that schools prioritize culturally responsive instruction that encourages students to share their cultures, families, and experiences in ways that promotes student success with rigorous content.

  • District administrators and school committees ensure that all schools cultivate programs and activities that lead to proficiency in English and other languages (e.g., dual language/two-way immersion, language learning support, State Seal of Biliteracy).

  • District leaders enact policies that communicate a sense of urgency about empowering ELs to use their voice, be active learners, and contribute to the district community.

Last Updated: June 2, 2020

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