Office of English Language Learners

Parent Engagement

  • What We Do

    We 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.

    District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

    Our vision is to create a multicultural and multiethnic, parent-led committee comprised of English Language Learner (ELL) parents and community members whose task will be to provide recommendations to school and district officials in regards to programs and services provided to ELL students. 

    Immigrant & Undocumented in BPS

    There is no federal law that prohibits the admission of undocumented immigrants to U.S. colleges, public or private. Upon graduation, Massachusetts provides opportunities for undocumented students. All undocumented students are entitled to a free and equitable K to 12 education, per the Plyler v. Doe U.S. Supreme Court decision.

    Parents: As a parent or guardian, know that your child has a right to public education and that you should not feel intimidated from registering your child for any educational service offered in BPS. 
    Students: Education is a doorway to opportunities. In BPS, we are committed to respecting your rights to an equitable educational experience and to ensure that you have access to resources to support you in your academic journey.
    Teachers: We aim to provide you an insight into resources and opportunities that can be used to support students you encounter who self-identify as undocumented. Encourage these students to stay in school and to access additional resources are to support them.
    All BPS Staff: We remind all staff of the legal rights that undocumented students have within Massachusetts and the City of Boston. The expectation is that BPS is an environment that respects a student's right to access equitable education.

    Learning Opportunities

    Technology Goes Home

    OEL hosts Technology Goes Home (TGH) workshops for our BPS EL parents/caregivers and families in the communities in which they reside each year. Parents and families have the opportunity to participate in a 15-hour workshop to learn 21st-century skills that helps them to support their child’s education in one of the languages offered (Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese). The workshop covers topics such as how to track your child’s school bus, grade, and attendance online, how to communicate with teachers and counselors through emails and how to search for web-based family resources. Upon completion of the training, participating families are offered the option to purchase a brand new Chromebook computer at a low price. OELL also assists families to offset the cost of the computer that they are eligible to purchase through TGH, and a graduation ceremony is hosted at the end of the workshop to celebrate and honor the participants who completed the training.

    Parent/Family Literacy Program

    OEL is committed to promoting parent engagement and literacy of EL families. To that end, we closely work with Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to provide literacy education for families and parents of BPS EL students. The purposes of the Parent/Family Literacy Programs are: (1) to improve parent literacy for the purpose of expanding the parents’ role in the literacy development of their children as they gain academic achievement; (2) to prepare parents to advocate for the success of their children’s education in the Boston Public Schools and their communities; (3) to expand parent-school readiness with a focus placed on better navigation of the current school system and its various offices that offer family support. CBOs that specialize in serving families of students who speak the district’s major languages conduct a series of workshops and training that focus on English language acquisition, literacy and other relevant skills that will ultimately help parents to meaningfully participate in their children's education in their native language. The curriculum materials are provided in both English and parent’s native language and include culturally and linguistically sustaining practices.

Contact Us

  • Bruce C. Bolling Building

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