Leading for English Learner Equity and Achievement (EL-116)

For administrators and leaders of culturally and linguistically diverse schools

✔ School and district administrators, ELE directors/coordinators, department heads, program coordinators, and others in leadership positions. School/district teams welcome!
✔ All grade levels
✔ 15 PDPs in English Learner Education


School and district leaders, including superintendents, principals, counselors, curriculum coordinators, ELE Directors, and other personnel  in leadership positions. 


Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Schools: Leading for EL Equity and Achievement is a leadership course for decision-makers serving English language learners in our increasingly diverse schools. School leaders will hone their skills in developing collaborative relationships and practices to better identify, evaluate and plan improvements to build equity and achievement for English learners.

This course is designed to build upon the understandings presented in the Massachusetts Sheltered English Endorsement Administrators course through an update on current responsibilities and expectations of leaders, research related to promising practices, and the application of current tools to support educator inquiry and school improvement. This course features interactive tasks and discussions, review of current research, connections to other state initiatives, action planning, text/video analyses and the application of deepened understandings of promising instructional and collaborative strategies to leadership roles and responsibilities. 

This course will provide leaders with opportunities to deepen their knowledge base, reflect, plan, and act on their school’s policies and systems in order to implement school and district improvement plans and initiatives that ensure equitable and achievement opportunities for English learners.

This course was developed in conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Course Schedule & Registration

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Online Format

2 synchronous (live) online sessions plus 3 asynchronous independent work modules (15 hours)

A hybrid format with in-person sessions is available for in-district courses only.


15 PDPs - Fulfills Requirement for 15 PDPs in English learner education for recertification.


The greatest benefit to me was learning about the differences between ESL and Sheltered Content instruction … I realized I couldn't articulate the difference well enough to explain it to my staff and now I feel that I can.

I feel I have gained so much perspective about importance of  equity and Access for my/our ELs. It is my goal to continue to ensure that our EL's are given every opportunity to continue to achieve their and their family's learning goals for success!

I now have a better understanding on what to prioritize, how to collaborate, and how to spread the word of what EL Teachers do.

I took this class with my assistant principal. We are taking away from this class an action plan that we will be able to implement! The outcomes will improve equity for our ELs through PD, a leadership focus, and school culture.

This instructor was an outstanding facilitator and not only knows the content but teaches it with passion!

Payment & Refund Policies

See MATSOL Course Registration & Payment Policies. Cancellations must be received in writing 10 business days before the first class meeting.