On November 22, 2017, Governor Baker signed into law the Language Opportunity for Our Kids Act (LOOK Act). The new law, among other things, aims to provide districts with more flexibility as to the language acquisition programs they choose to meet the needs of English Learners (ELs), while maintaining accountability for timely and effective English language acquisition. The law directed the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to establish licensure endorsements for various language acquisition program types (for example, Two-Way Immersion Programs) in order to improve the teaching and learning of ELs. For an overview of the LOOK Act, please click here. To access the March 16, 2018 Memo to the Board. For the complete text of the LOOK Act, please refer here. On June 26, 2018, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education promulgated regulations establishing the Bilingual Education Endorsement.bilingual teacher qualification
What is Bilingual Education?
A core academic teacher responsible for the instructional component provided in English must hold the Bilingual Education Endorsement or the SEI Endorsement.
A principal, assistant principal, or supervisor/director who supervises or evaluates a core academic teacher assigned to provide instruction to an English learner in a bilingual education setting, such as dual language education or two-way immersion program, or transitional bilingual education program, must hold the Bilingual Education Endorsement or the SEI Endorsement.
A valid Transitional Bilingual Education license or Transitional Bilingual Learning endorsement issued by the Department shall be deemed the equivalent of the Bilingual Education Endorsement.
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