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: State

  • The Department provides data to districts on the school climate dimensions of safety, engagement, and school environment disaggregated for ELs to highlight areas of success and areas for growth.

  • The Department adopts policies that recognize bilingualism and biliteracy as assets (e.g., guidance and technical support for the State Seal of Biliteracy and the establishment of two-way immersion/dual language programs, training for leaders on bilingual education, grants to support new bilingual education programs).

  • The Department provides guidance supporting districts to prioritize empowering ELs to use their voice, be active learners, and contribute to the school and district communities.

Last Updated: June 2, 2020

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
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