Year 6 Project Overview: Massachusetts Sheltered English Instruction

Massachusetts’ commitment to the academic success and immense potential of English learners is the basis for the state’s vision for equity for English learners articulated in the Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners (RETELL) initiative. As research, policy and learning standards continue to shift, Massachusetts is committed to supporting districts’ ongoing efforts to strengthen and support Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) programs in a necessary and coherent way. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA ESE) has requested assistance from the NCC to develop SEI programmatic guidance for districts and schools serving English learners in inclusive settings.

NCC will assist the MA ESE Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement (OELAAA) by:

  1. Providing content expertise by identifying and synthesizing research and resources on evidence-based practices on educating English learners in SEI and content area classrooms and collecting and analyzing feedback from the field that will be used to inform the development of the SEI programmatic guidance,
  2. Providing ongoing support and guidance in the facilitation and engagement of an SEI working group,
  3. Acting as a thought-partner to inform the development of SEI programmatic guidance, and
  4. Assisting with the development of a dissemination and implementation plan for the SEI programmatic guidance.

Progress to Date

NCC assisted MA ESE in the collection and analysis of feedback on the Theory of Action and definition of SEI provided by SEI working group members as well as feedback collected from teacher leaders and principals from across the state. Additional support includes providing resources, modeling feedback analysis based on different stakeholder groups, and providing support in determining how this feedback will impact the guidance document.

Research, Resources and Collaborations

Contact Person

For more information, contact Cerelle Morrow at

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