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.

 

MATSOL 2015-16 Legislative Agenda

altMATSOL is proud to join the Language Opportunity Coalition in announcing that through our efforts assisting our state legislators, two exciting bills have been filed for the 2015-2016 Massachusetts legislative session. One bill establishes a State Seal of Biliteracy.  The second bill, the Language Opportunity for Our Kids (LOOK) bill, addresses language acquisition programs, and also includes the (identical) text as the Seal of Biliteracy bill, giving us two opportunities to seek the seal’s passage.

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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. Please visit the Language Opportunity Coalition website to find out more:

Download the Seal of Biliteracy Toolkit
This toolkit provides guidelines for local implementation of the Seal of Bilieteracy. Developed by the Seal of Biliteracy working group, a group of Massachusetts educators from one-way immersion, two-way immersion, bilingual, English language development, and world language programs, it is intended to support District/School Leaders responsible for implementing Seal of Biliteracy pilot programs.

Join the Seal of Biliteracy MA Google Group
Connect with other educators involved in piloting the Seal in Massachusetts

 

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 by MATSOL and Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education (MABE), along with other education and community groups in Massachusetts.  The goals of the Coalition are to:

  1. Increase language learning opportunities for learning English, developing native/heritage language, or learning foreign language;
  2. Ensure that all learners have equal access to a high quality education and professional opportunities. 
Language Opportunity website