Multistate Association for Bilingual Education, Northeast
A nonprofit organization for educators, families, and policy makers
The mission of the Language Opportunity Coalition (LOC) is to increase language learning opportunities for learning English, native, heritage and world languages, and to ensure that all learners have equal access to a high quality education and professional opportunities.
LOC Steering Committee Members: MABE, MATSOL, MaFLA, MIRA
Bill H.4032 An Act relative to language opportunity for our kids (LOOK) passed in the legislature on November 15, and was signed into law by Governor Baker on November 22, 2017.
The legislation greatly expands options for English learners in the Commonwealth’s public schools (removing the parental waiver for bilingual programs and create a Dual Language Educator Endorsement), and creates a Seal of Biliteracy that will encourage students to develop proficiency in English and a native or foreign language, and prepare them to compete in the global economy. (See the Language Opportunity Coalition website for links to move coverage)
Thank you to the Language Opportunity Coalition member groups: Multistate Association for Bilingual Education (MABE), Massachusetts Foreign Language Association (MaFLA), Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), Massachusetts Educators of English Language Learners (MATSOL), SealofBiliteracy.org, and all the organizations and individuals who advocated for this bill, and especially the educators who worked to create the Seal of Biliteracy pilot program.
Read about the experience of the Language Opportunity Coalition advocating the LOOK Act and Seal of Biliteracy Pilot.
The chapter - A Collaborative Model for Seal of Biliteracy Implementation: The Massachusetts Pilot Project, written by the LOC Co-Leaders Nicole L Sherf, Phyllis R. Hardy, and Helen Solorzano can be found in the text The Seal of Biliteracy, Case Studies and Considerations for Policy Implementation, Edited by: Amy J. Heineke, Loyola University Chicago and Kristin J. Davin, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.