Office of English Language Learners

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

  • Priya Tahiliani

    Interim Assistant Superintendent of the Office of English Language Learners,
    Executive Director of Instruction


    Kim Tsai

    Executive Director of Equity & Accountability


    Dr. Ivonne Borrero

    EL/SPED Director


    Vera Johnson

    Director of Newcomers Assessment and Counseling Center


    Allen Dowling

    Director of Translation & Interpretation


    Adeleine Celestin

    RETELL Program Manager


    Yvonne Chan

    Technology & Media Specialist


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