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Request for Public Comment: Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement Guidance for Career Vocational Educators

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SEI Vocational Restriction Guidance

Notice of guidance to Career Vocational educators and school districts related to the Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement and specifically:

  • Educators that were assigned to the SEI cohort and may experience a license restriction if they do not earn the SEI Endorsement by July 1, 2021
  • Relating to teachers who are assigned to provide sheltered English instruction to an English learner, and principals, assistant principals, and supervisors/directors that supervise or evaluate such teachers on/after July 1, 2021

The Department is seeking public comment in response to the guidance.

The SEI requirements were adopted by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on June 26, 2018. The requirements relating to career vocational technical educators are a continuation of the Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners (RETELL) initiative, which is designed to strengthen teaching and learning for English learners. The regulations laid out the pathways to obtaining the SEI Endorsement (the pathways are also included this guidance document) as well as set certain timelines. A cohort of all career vocational technical teachers who instructed English learners during the 2017-2018 school year, and principals, assistant principals, and supervisors/directors who supervised or evaluated such teachers was developed and those educators were able to take the Department approved course in 2019. The guidance reviews the cohort process, including the impact on a license for those that do not obtain the SEI Endorsement by July 1, 2021. New requirements related to staffing also take effect on July 1, 2021 relating to career vocational technical teachers who are assigned to provide sheltered English instruction to an English learner, and principals, assistant principals, and supervisors/directors that supervise or evaluate such teachers and this guidance reviews those expectations and provides details regarding the vocational subjects that are impacted.

Please send comments regarding the proposed changes (see document below) to the attention of Office for College Career, and Technical Education by email ccte@doe.mass.edu, by fax 781-338-3950, or by mail to the address below by May 14, 2021.

Public Comment c/o Elizabeth Bennett
Office for College, Career, and Technical Education
MA Department or Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148





Last Updated: April 14, 2021



 
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