Milford Public School District

    English Learner Program

    Staff Professional Development


    The Law


    • In May of 1970, the US Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare affirmed the application of the Title VI Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 to language-minority children and addressed their equal access to participation in school programs, the requirement that students be provided with language services until they are proficient in English, and the need for parents to receive school information in a language they can understand.


    • Before M.G.L. chapter 71A was amended in 2002, Transitional Bilingual Education was the program of choice in the state.  Students, in addition to receiving ESL (now referred to as ELD – English Language Development) instruction, were to be taught content in their native language. After 2/3 of Massachusetts residents voted in favor of Question #2, which requires that all instruction be administered in English the law changed.  Now Sheltered/Structured English Immersion (SEI) is the required type of instruction for LEP students.


    • State regulations focus on both English Language Development and SEI instruction.  Having qualified teachers available to work with EL students fits into the big picture of Civil Rights for our English learners.


    • In July 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) notified DESE that the Category Trainings were insufficient, and that Massachusetts was violating the civil rights of ELs by not requiring adequate training for content teachers who provide SEI instruction. The DoJ further said that Massachusetts must mandate improved SEI training programs in order to comply with the federal Equal Educational Opportunities Act. RETELL aims to prepare educators to best serve the multifaceted needs of the ELs, provide resources to ensure ELs have access to rigorous instruction, and monitor ELs language development across content areas. Massachusetts’s Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners (RETELL) Initiative is guided by the premise that English Learners deserve equity of access to effective teaching and learning and comes with new state licensure requirements.   

    SEI Training


    • Milford Public Schools is a Cohort 2 School District.  RETELL SEI Endorsement rolled out in Fall 2013 and will be completed by July 1, 2016. 
    • RETELL aims to:•Prepare educators to best serve the multifaceted needs of the ELs•Monitor ELs language development across content areas
    • •Provide resources to ensure ELs have access to rigorous instruction

    Professional Development/SEI Endorsement Educator Responsibilities


    Assignment to cohort:

    •Educators may volunteer or will be assigned to a cohort. Educators will be identified in ELAR and possession of the SEI Endorsement will be required in order to advance or renew their license. 

    •If an educator is part of a cohort and does not obtain the endorsement, unless a hardship waiver has been granted, they have not satisfied the requirements to renew or advance their license.

    •In addition, assignment to an ELL student may be impacted after July 1, 2016.

                                                                                                                                                                                      Last Updated: 2/5/16