The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is providing guidance to help educators and districts comply with the Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) requirements relating to career vocational technical educators. Any educator who was part of the SEI career vocational technical cohort must obtain the SEI Endorsement prior to July 1, 2021.
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 first section of this guidance document: The SEI Endorsement and Career Vocational Technical Teacher Licensure discusses different pathways for earning the SEI Endorsement. The second section discusses "the 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." 603 CMR 14.08(2). The third section discusses the requirements that will go into effect starting 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. 603 CMR 14.08(3)–(4).
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