Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education

A nonprofit organization for  educators, families, and policy makers


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  • 19 Oct 2017 1:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Legislature passed two bills this summer that could make it easier for schools to teach students in their native language. It would be the latest shift in a debate going back decades about the best way to teach newcomer students. Do you immerse them in English, or do you teach them how to read and write first in their native language?

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  • 16 Oct 2017 8:06 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Curious about the history and origins of the Seal of Biliteracy? This podcast describes the development of the Seal of Biliteracy in California and how the initiative spread across the country (including Massachusetts). America the Bilingual Podcast - Episode 15: Sealed con un Beso.

    View PODCAST here.

  • 16 Oct 2017 8:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This webinar gives an introduction of the national Seal of Biliteracy movement and an overview of the Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy Pilot Project, including the updated resources and experience gained from the third year of the pilot. (Recorded Oct 10, 2017)

    View the webinar here.

  • 11 Oct 2017 8:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    A celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month through a one-of-a-kind immersive civic engagement experience

    Saturday, October 21, 2017

    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate

    210 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston MA 02125



    FLYER here

  • 06 Oct 2017 8:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Seal of Biliteracy is an award that recognizes students who have demonstrated proficiency in English and one or more other world languages. In participating school districts in states that have adopted the Seal of Biliteracy, students who demonstrate proficiency in both English and a world language are eligible to earn a seal that is affixed to their high school diploma or transcript. With scant research conducted to date on the Seal of Biliteracy, this study aimed to understand the variation in policies across participating states. Documentation and interview data were collected and analyzed from each state offering the Seal of Biliteracy. Findings revealed that substantial variation existed across states regarding minimum required levels of proficiency, world language proficiency requirements, and English language proficiency requirements. These variations in policy influenced the types of schools offering the award and the percentage of students earning it. This article offers implications for those in the process of policy adoption or revision and for those who are interested in researching efforts to increase equity and access to the Seal of Biliteracy.

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  • 03 Oct 2017 2:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When the Boston Public Schools realized its Hispanic students were most likely to drop out of high school and least likely to enroll in college, they decided to test out a new education model. Here's how Margarita Muñiz Academy, a first-of-its kind dual-language high school, addresses issues faced by the city’s growing Hispanic population.

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  • 26 Sep 2017 8:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MaFLA Annual Conference - Languages Transform Individuals Into Communities

    Date: October 26-28, 2017

    Location: Springfield Sheraton Monarch Place, 1 Monarch Place, Springfield, MA 01144

    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ted Zarrow, 2016 ACTFL Teacher of the Year

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  • 26 Sep 2017 8:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Promoting and Encouraging the Teaching and Study of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures in the Rhode Island area.

    Saturday, October 14, 2017

    8:00 AM-3:30 PM

    Hosted by

    Providence Public School Department at Providence Career and Technical Academy (PCTA), 41 Fricker St, Providence, RI 02903

    Keynote Speaker: Joshua Cabral, World Language Classroom


  • 26 Sep 2017 8:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Landmark College’s LD Innovation Symposium, Friday September 29 at MIT in Cambridge, MA.

    We’ve got an exciting line up of speakers, including Eric Tridas on “ADHD and Learning: A Perfect Storm” , John Gabrieli on “Cognitive Neuroscience & Dyslexia: From Biology to Remediation,” and Joanna Christodoulou " Summer Slide, Glide, or Gain: Struggling Reader Outcomes in a High-stakes Season,” and more!


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  • 26 Sep 2017 8:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Teaching English Learners with Disabilities Certificate at Lasell College

    Online courses include:
    1. Fundamentals of Bilingual Special Education: Policies, Laws, and Practice
    2.Removing Barriers for Classroom Assessment and Instruction of Bilingual Students
    3. Assessment for Equity and Inclusion of Bilingual Students with and without Disabilities
    4. Culturally Responsive Individualized Educational Planning for Bilingual Studentswith Disabilities

    FLYER with details

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