Public Comment on the LOOK Act

The public comment period on the LOOK Act is open until May 18. The proposed changes include the proposal requirement for establishing an alternative EL program, EL Parent Advisory Councils, criteria for the Seal of Biliteracy, requirements for the Bilingual Education Endorsement, and SEI Endorsement for Vocational Technical teachers and changes to voc-tech licensure requirements.

We urge all stakeholders to review the proposed regulations and comment!

Note: Public comments are public documents. All submitted comments can be, and are often, released to the public. Avoid using professional title, organization or affiliation
unless you have approval.

Language Opportunity Coalition Statements
How to Submit Public Comment
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Resources:

Updated Seal of Biliteracy Toolkit

Seal-of-Biliteracy-LogoThe revised Seal of Biliteracy Toolkit is now available for download!

The toolkit was revised and updated with input from schools that participated in the Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project during the 2016-17 school year. The revised toolkit includes new resources for use in implementing the Seal of Biliteracy:

  • Additional models and examples of rubrics, portfolios and more
  • Updated table to elaborate on testing instruments for levels of award
  • Options for determining Seal award using testing in first years of implementation
  • Expanded FAQ section
  • List of Workgroup participants in the three years of the pilot

Link to download: Seal of Biliteracy Toolkit – Sep 2017 Revision (no longer online — see the updated Toolkit at www.SealofBiliteracyMA.org)

Webinar: The Seal of Biliteracy in Massachusetts

seal20medallions20final1Please join us for a complimentary Webinar on the Seal of Biliteracy Pilot implementation in Massachusetts (now in its third year). The webinar will discuss the creation of resources and supports for use by school districts, and an update on the legislative status of the state Seal of Biliteracy bill. The webinar is presented by MaFLA, MABE, MATSOL and the Language Opportunity Coalition.

The Seal of Biliteracy is a national movement to document and reward students for attaining biliteracy in two or more languages. Twenty seven states currently have enacted Seal of Biliteracy legislation and we hope MA will be next! Continue reading

2017-18 Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project Update

Seal-of-Biliteracy-Logo56 schools or school districts are currently participating in the third year of the Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project.

  • 2016: 10 schools/districts made over 300 awards.
  • 2017: 17 schools/districts made over 900 awards.

The remaining schools/districts are in the planning and implementation stages of the pilot. The next awards will be made at the end of the school year in 2018. Continue reading

LOOK bill sent to conference committee

The LOOK Bill passed the House on June 7, 2017 in a vote of 152-2, and passed by the Senate unanimously on July 27. The two versions of the bill were referred to conference committee and the following legislators were appointed to the committee: Rep. Alice Peisch, House co-chair of the Education Committee, Rep. Frank Moran and Rep. Kimberly Ferguson, along with Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, Senate co-chair of the Education Committee, Sen. Sal DiDomenico, and Sen. Patrick O’Connor.