Office of English Language Learners
  • EL Summer Symposium  
    We are planning an exciting three-day-symposium filled with professional learning and collaboration that will inspire and prepare us for next school year. Some of the sessions that will be offered include: Authentic and Disciplinary Discussions for English Learners, Supporting Undocumented Students for Higher Education, and Building an Asset-Based Mindset. Sign up now at

Our Vision

  • Our vision is 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.

What We Do

  • EL Instructional Programs

    Ensure instructionally sound programs through standards based alignment for language acquisition so that ELs make progress on the schools’ identified goal aligned to ELD Framework, CCSS and WIDA. Learn more.

    EL Parent Engagement

    Create collaborative processes between EL parents, community partners and schools to promote the success of EL children and families through the creation of a District Advisory Committee and capacity building efforts. Learn more

    Translation & Interpretation

    Ensure communications are translated and interpreted to ensure all parents have meaningful access to their student’s education and district policies. Learn more.

    Professional Learning

    Build capacity of teachers, Language Acquisition Team Facilitators, school leaders, and central office staff. Learn more.

    Supplemental Services

    Provide before/after and summer school programs including compensatory students, SLIFE, ELSWD and other EL students in need of additional support. Learn more.

    Newcomers Assessment

    Provide language proficiency assessments to identify English Learners and whether they need native language supports. Learn more.

    Equity & Accountability

    Support schools with and ensure that district policies meet the civil rights of ELs in accordance with local, state, and federal requirements. Learn more.

Contact Us

  • Bruce C. Bolling Building

    2300 Washington St
    Roxbury, MA 02119
    (617) 635-9435

Our Team

  • Dr. Frances Esparza

    Assistant Superintendent of the Office of English Language Learners

    Kim Tsai

    Executive Director of Equity & Accountability

    Andrea Jones Berasaluce

    Director of Translation & Interpretation

    Kevin Montoya

    Parent and Community Outreach Administrator

    Priya Tahiliani

    Executive Director of Instruction

    Dr. Ivonne Borrero

    EL/SPED Director

    Vera Johnson

    Director of Newcomers Assessment and Counseling Center

    Adeleine Celestin

    RETELL Program Manager

    Yvonne Chan

    Technology & Media Specialist

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3rd DELAC Conference

  • last DELAC Conference of the 2016 - 2017 School Year will focus on Dual Language Programs, Engagement & Celebration of the work of the District English Learner Advisory Committee. Beside of that, our conference will continue to deepen and expand the knowledge of our EL parents, providing new and old participants with information on what our EL parents need to know. Please click here to register! 

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     district english learner advisory committee flyer