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October meeting - Language Education Policy in Massachusetts

  • 24 Oct 2015
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Boston University CELOP

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Language Education Policy in Massachusetts

How do current law and language education policy affect language learning in Massachusetts public schools? How do they impact the way language skills are valued in general? Learn about the history of language education policy in Massachusetts and the work of the Language Opportunity Coalition to support two bills in the Massachusetts legislature: one to allow program flexibility in the education of English Language Learners (ELLs), and the other establishing a state Seal of Biliteracy.

The Language Opportunity Coalition is a coalition of groups united in the goal of increasing language learning opportunities (for learning English, native, heritage, or world languages), and ensuring that all learners have equal access to high quality educational and professional opportunities. Coalition member groups include MATSOL (Massachusetts Educators of English Language Learners), MABE (Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education), MaFLA (Massachusetts Foreign Language Association), and MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Coalition). 

Please see for more information.

Our speaker, Helen Solórzano, is Executive Director of MATSOL and a founding member of the Language Opportunity Coalition. She has taught English to adults in the U.S. and Peru, and is the author of several ELT textbooks.

The meeting is free and open to all interested parties.
There is no preregistration process.

To participate remotely, email Lesley 

at by Thursday, October 22.

Questions? Email Marian at

Directions: By public transportation: Take the Boston College Green Line to the St. Paul Street stop, just after the BU West stop when coming from downtown Boston. By car: Consider using an online map service or use your GPS system to find our location from where you are coming. The best option for parking is at 2-hour metered spots on the street in Brookline, such as St. Paul Street, Amory Street 1 block East, and Pleasant St. 1 block West. Metered parking on Commonwealth Avenue costs twice the rate in Brookline, and cars parked on Dummer Street by the apartment block will be towed. A parking garage is available at Agannis Arena (take Buick Street and go around to the back of the arena) assuming no arena event is scheduled for meeting day (calendar posted at


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