Office of English Language Learners

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    Remote Learning Update
    During the school closure due to COVID-19, all English Learners should have ESL as part of the schedule during the remote learning day at the school level. In addition, we have created a multilingual library of things to do at home to support your child in their native language. If you need support from someone in our office, please fill out our google form and we will be in touch. 
    Updated: May 4, 2020

    Guide for Digital Learning for English Learners during School Closures

    Prepared by the Office of English Learners, March 2020

    Last updated: March 25th, 2020

     [OFFICIAL] Translations & Interpretations Protocols/Services during School Closures

    Prepared by the Office of English Learners, April 6, 2020

     Who We Are

    The Boston Public Schools (BPS) has made high quality instruction for English Learners (ELs) a top priority and provides various instructional programs and services to help students learn academic English as they learn content in all subject areas. Boston Public Schools enrolls over 17,000 English Learner students, representing 31% of the District’s total student population. An additional 13% of students (more than 7,000) are former English Learners who have attained English proficiency while enrolled in BPS.

    What We Do

    Our goal is that all ELs will graduate as lifelong learners with 21st century skills in order to succeed in college and careers. This is evidenced by the Office of English Learner’s (OEL) vision statement: to provide a culturally and linguistically responsive education with the supports needed to ensure equitable access to opportunities that promote language acquisition, bilingualism, biliteracy and lifelong learning.

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