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English Learner Education Vision & Blueprint

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Web-based Learning in the Age of Coronavirus

We hope you find these resources useful as you provide instruction to English Learners remotely. We will continue to add updates and resources as they become available.

Vision for English Learner Education

English learners in Massachusetts attend schools in which all educators share responsibility for their success, engage effectively with their families, and value and nurture their linguistic and cultural assets. English learners are taught by effective, well-prepared, and culturally responsive educators who hold them to high standards and have the materials and professional learning they need to advance students’ academic and linguistic development simultaneously. English learners have equitable access to meaningful and rigorous learning opportunities that build on their cultural and linguistic assets and the academic, linguistic, social, and emotional supports they need to excel. English learners thrive in high school and graduate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to be successful in college and/or a career of their choice, and to contribute to civic life in a global community.

Blueprint for English Learner Success

The vision statement above depicts the PK-12 experience and outcome all English learners deserve. The Blueprint for English Learner Success located here deconstructs the vision into four distinct pillars and then goes deeper to identify specific building blocks at the classroom, school, district, and state levels of the education system to reinforce each pillar.

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Blueprint for English Learner Success

Office of Language Acquisition

The Office of Language Acquisition (OLA) is part of the Center for Instructional Support at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. OLA provides leadership and support designed to increase the capacity of educators in Massachusetts public schools to provide an excellent education to English learners (ELs) and foreign language students in Massachusetts. OLA also coordinates state EL initiatives and EL policy development. Please e-mail EL-related questions and comments to Please e-mail foreign language related questions and comments to Please e-mail State Seal of Biliteracy related questions and comments to

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

Voice: (781) 338-3000
TTY: (800) 439-2370


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