Rethinking Equity and Teaching for English Language Learners (RETELL)

Recent revisions to the Massachusetts Educator Licensure and Preparation Program Approval Regulations will require teachers and administrators who work with English Language Learners (ELLs) to earn an endorsement to their license.

After July 1, 2016, DESE will prohibit the assignment of an ELL to a Core Academic Teacher unless the teacher holds the SEI Endorsement or earns it within one year.
The supervisor or evaluator of any SEI Teacher must also hold an SEI Endorsement or obtain one within one year.

In addition, all educators with an academic license who seek to renew a Professional License on/after July 1, 2016, must earn at least 15 Professional Development Points (PDPs) related to SEI or ESL, and 15 PDPs related to training in strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles (603 CMR 44.06).

How to APPLY for MA DESE RETELL Courses 2014-2015:
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SEI Endorsement Test online links for resources:

Test Objectives

Range of Objectives
Approximate Test Weighting
The World of English Language Learners and Their Teachers
Teaching Language and Sheltering Content in the Classroom
Literacy and Standards-Based Content Teaching for English Language Learners

Integration of Knowledge and Understanding

Malden Public Schools Retell Initiative and Coursework Link

Published RETELL Resources for Teachers:

Retell in a Nutshell Document from the Massachusetts Teacher's Association

Malden schools and teachers serve families with a large variety of languages and backgrounds including speakers of Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Haitian Creole, French, Vietnamese, and Arabic to name but a few. On this wiki you can find resources and lesson plans for ELLs by grade level as well as links to useful websites.

2012-2014 MA DESE RETELL information sent to educators:

Retell Information from MA DESE

To obtain the SEI Teacher Endorsement, most incumbent core academic teachers will be required to take and pass a newly developed SEI endorsement course between January 15, 2013 and July 1, 2016.

A core academic teacher includes "[f]or purposes of sheltered English immersion instruction, early childhood and elementary teachers, teachers of students with moderate disabilities, teachers of severe disabilities, and teachers of the following academic subjects: English, reading or language arts, mathematics, science, civics and government, economics, history, and geography."

The course is equivalent to a 3-credit graduate course and includes 16 sessions, 6 of which are online, for a total of 45 hours. Teachers will be expected to master subject matter knowledge and related practices grounded in SEI research.

As of July 1, 2014, all applicants for an initial license as a core academic teacher,1 or as a principal/assistant principal or supervisor/director, must obtain the SEI endorsement applicable to their role. 2