Advocacy - (being understood) combines respect for all participants with the courage to speak your voice, share your insights, and advance the dialogue towards a new understanding of the whole. (L.R. Beaumont)
Current Initiatives: LOOK ACT regulations
Public Comment for English Language Benchmarks, September 2018
Public Comment for the Bilingual Education Endorsement, June 2018
Public Comment for the Seal of Biliteracy Regulations, June 2018
Guidelines for the Bilingual Education Endorsement, September 2018
Language Opportunity Coalition
Seal of Biliteracy Pathway and Distinguished Program Awards Pilot, 2015 - 2018
- Analysis of Year 3 Pilot for awarding the Seal of Biliteracy, an award given by a school or school district in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in English and a second language.
An Act Relative to Certification of Interpreters in Educational Settings (HD 2334 (Re. Cabral) /SD 1144 (Sen. Welch)
This legislation directs the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to create standards and competencies for the training, hiring and use of interpreters in educational settings in order to provide limited English proficient (LEP) parents and students with competent interpretation services, as required by federal and state law. Fact Sheet
Number One for Some
September 24, 2018. In an effort to shed light on the deep inequities in the Commonwealth’s education system, a diverse group of advocates, including MABE, has formed the Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership. As part of its launch, the group has released a report titled Number One for Some, Opportunity and Achievement in Massachusetts. The report gathers and highlights critical disparities facing Black, Latino, and low-income students who continue to have a dramatically different experience in Massachusetts’ schools than their White and higher-income peers.
Bilingualism is a GIFT!
- An initiative by the Watertown Public School encouraging families to use their home language everyday.
Guidance for Defining and Implementing Two-Way Immersion and Transitional Bilingual Education Programs, MA DESE 2016
Guidance for Defining and Implementing TWI Programs, MA DESE 2018 revised with LOOK Act regulations is now available!
Academic Success Stories of Dual Language Programs in Massachusetts
- A collaboration project with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, this document provides greater detail about the key components of effective DLE and TBE programs, highlighting what DLE and TBE programs are and how they can be implemented successfully.
Guidance in the Assessment and Eligibility Process for Special Education Services
- Members of the Dual Language Special Education Network submitted input to the Draft document "Is Special Education the Right Service?" Read feedback submitted March 30, 2016