• ELPAC Quarterly Meeting #3 will be held Thursday, 3/28/24 at Lowell Adult Education from 11AM-12PM and at Moody Elementary School from 6PM to 7PM. The meeting topic is about mental health resources for multilingual learners.  Come share your experience supporting your child and hear about helpful school and community resources. Click here to register for this meeting.

     

    Parents/Caregivers,

    Please join us for our 2023-2024 School Year Quarterly ELPAC Family Meetings:

    Monday, 9/28/23, at Lowell High School from 6PM-7PM--Learn about the Seal of Biliteracy, celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

    Thursday, 12/14/23, Online from 6PM-7PM--ACCESS for ELLs Testing

    Thursday, 3/28/24 at Lowell Adult Education from 11AM-12PM and at Moody Elementary School from 6PM to 7PM.--Mental Health Resources for Multilingual Learners - Click here to register for this meeting.

    Thursday, 6/6/24 at 6PM-8PM at McAuliffe Elementary School--Learn about Summer School offerings, Annual MLE Awards Night Celebration

    Looking forward to seeing you there!

About Our Department

  • Lowell, Massachusetts is considered the Cradle of the American Industrial Revolution. The town began to run its textile mills with water power in the 1820s. The Lowell Public Schools established the first public co-educational high school in the country in 1824 to educate the children of its residents and the rapidly growing immigrant population. Today, following its tradition as an educational forerunner, Lowell continues its commitment to meeting the educational needs of all children, regardless of their country of birth, national origin, or ethnic background. Currently, approximately 4,180 (29%) of the district’s 14,333 students are Multilingual Learners (ELs) who speak over 70 different languages.  The three most common languages spoken are Spanish at 37%, Portuguese at 24% and Khmer at 23%.  As a gateway to academic success and college-readiness, the district offers its MLLs explicit, research-based English language development instruction and language support in academic content areas. Lowell High School also offers a Seal of Biliteracy.

     

    Mission

    The mission of the Multilingual Language Education Program is aligned to the district's mission – to engage, challenge, and inspire all MLLs to excel and to be prepared for college, career, and citizenship in the 21st century. 

     

    In the spirit of the district’s mission, the Multilingual Language Education program is designed to comply with the legal mandates of MGL 71A, the Lau Voluntary Compliance Plan, the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2016 (ESSA) and the new law signed by Governor Baker on November 22, 2017, called "Act Relative to Language Opportunity for Our Kids," Chapter 138 of the Acts of 2017, commonly referred to as the LOOK Act.  The law aims to provide districts with more flexibility in determining the design and implementation of Multilingual Language Learner education programs to meet the needs of MLLs, while maintaining accountability for timely and effective English language acquisition.  The Program models recognize the linguistic, academic, cognitive, and cultural needs of MLLs of different English proficiency levels and varied educational backgrounds.

     

    The Multilingual Language Education Program offers a variety of placement options at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The Multilingual Language Education Program curriculum is aligned with the Massachusetts Frameworks, Massachusetts Common Core Standards, and WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards. Instructional strategies in all Multilingual Learners Language Education (MLL) Program models adhere to research-based second language acquisition pedagogy that supports English language development in listening, speaking, reading, and writing as well as academic content learning. The program models take into consideration multiple linguistic, academic, cognitive, and cultural needs of MLLs.

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