Advocacy & Policy

MATSOL's mission is to promote excellence and equity in the education of English language learners of all ages, and in all program models. MATSOL works in coalition with other local and national groups to achieve these goals.


MATSOL 2015-16 Legislative Agenda

altMATSOL is proud to join the Language Opportunity Coalition in announcing that through our efforts assisting our state legislators, two exciting bills have been filed for the 2015-2016 Massachusetts legislative session. One bill establishes a State Seal of Biliteracy.  The second bill, the Language Opportunity for Our Kids (LOOK) bill, addresses language acquisition programs, and also includes the (identical) text as the Seal of Biliteracy bill, giving us two opportunities to seek the seal’s passage.

  • “An Act to Establish a State Seal of Biliteracy” 
  • “An Act relative to Language Opportunity for Our Kids” (LOOK Bill)

MATSOL testified in support of these bills at the April 12 hearing of the Joint Committee on Education, along with about 15 other students, parents, educators and advocates.

Help support this important legislation! 

  • Let your state legislators know that they should support these bills.
  • Volunteer to get involved in MATSOL advocacy work -- help educate legislators and the public, write fact sheets, connect with other organizations, etc. 

Complete this online form to get involved!

Take action now!

Advocacy Resources

MATSOL position statements and related research on ELL education locally and nationally.

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TESOL Advocacy


MATSOL works with TESOL International Association to support national advocacy initiatives on the federal level. We encourage MATSOL members to become members of TESOL in order to support this important work.

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Language Opportunity Coalition

The Language Opportunity Coalition was founded in the summer of 2014 by MATSOL and Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education (MABE), along with other education and community groups in Massachusetts.  The goals of the Coalition are to:

  1. Increase language learning opportunities for learning English, developing native/heritage language, or learning foreign language;
  2. Ensure that all learners have equal access to a high quality education and professional opportunities. 
Language Opportunity website