Advocacy & Policy

MATSOL's mission is to promote equity and excellence in the education of English language learners of all ages, and in all program models. MATSOL works in coalition with other local, state, and national groups to achieve this goal.

 

Language Opportunity Coalition

MATSOL is a founding member of The Language Opportunity Coalition. The goal of the coalition is to increase language learning opportunities for learning English, developing native/heritage language, or learning foreign language, and to ensure that all learners have equal access to a high quality education and professional opportunities.

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LOOK Act

With the Language Opportunity Coalition, MATSOL successfully advocated for passage of the LOOK Act of 2017 which removed restrictions on bilingual education, established a new dual language endorsement, and created the State Seal of Biliteracy. 

 

Seal of Biliteracy

With the Language Opportunity Coalition, MATSOL led advocacy for the Massachusetts State Seal of Biliteracy, which was established under the LOOK Act of 2017. The Seal of Biliteracy recognizes graduates who speak, listen, read and write proficiently in another language in addition to English with a seal on the high school diploma. The purpose of the award is to promote long term foreign, native, and heritage language study, document achievement in biliteracy, and produce a biliterate, multicultural workforce. Massachusetts is the 29th state to establish the award. 

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Advocacy Resources

MATSOL position statements and related research on ELL education locally and nationally.

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Advocacy with TESOL

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MATSOL works with TESOL International Association to support national advocacy initiatives on the federal level. We encourage MATSOL members to become members of TESOL in order to support this important work.

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