Advocacy & Policy

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

 

LOOK Bill

“An Act relative to Language Opportunity for Our Kids (LOOK)” filed by Senator Sal DiDomenico and Representative Jeff Sanchez.

The LOOK bill updates MGL Ch 71A English Language Education in Public Schools to encompass the latest in academic research and best practices in public schools serving English language learners, allowing all districts to choose high quality alternate language acquisition programs based on the educational and linguistic needs of students, in addition to Sheltered English Immersion. It also recognizes the value of bilingualism and biliteracy skills by establishing a state Seal of Biliteracy that districts can award to high school graduates who demonstrate proficiency in two or more languages.

View updates on the LOOK bill at the Language Opportunity website.

 

Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project

Schools and school districts around Massachusetts are participating in a project to pilot the Seal of Biliteracy on the local level. Our hope is that local adoption will provide evidence for legislators that a state Seal of Biliteracy should be established in Massachusetts. This project grew out of the collaborative work between MATSOL, MABE, and MaFLA in the Language Opportunity Coalition. 

Over 50 schools or school districts are currently participating in the Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project. View updates on the Language Opportunity Coalition website.

 

Advocacy Resources

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

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TESOL Advocacy

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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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Language Opportunity Coalition

The Language Opportunity Coalition was founded in the summer of 2014 with the goal 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. 

The Coalition's current initiatives include:

  • Bringing together ESL, bilingual, dual language, and world language educators to implement the Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project.
  • Advocating for establishment of a state Seal of Biliteracy, reforms to the English Learner education policy, and increased support for bilingual, dual language and world language programs that promote bilingualism and biliteracy.

Coalition members include MATSOL, Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education (MABE), Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA), MIRA Coalition, and others.

Language Opportunity website