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RITELL Partnering Organizations

Rhode Island Department of Education: English Language Learners

The Department of Education website provides information regarding ELL demographics, regulations and accountability,professional development opportunities in the state, family and community resources and TITLE III CRP tools.


Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages is a professional association representing teachers, English language learners and their families in K-12 public schools in Massachusetts. We also represent educators and English language learners in adult learning centers, higher education institutions and the workplace.


Teachers of English Speakers of Other Languages seeks to develop and maintain professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.

TESOL Values

* professionalism in language education
* individual language rights
* accessible, high quality education
* collaboration in a global community
* interaction of research and reflective practice for educational improvement
* respect for diversity and multiculturalism

The ACCELA Alliance

Access through Critical Content and English Language Acquisition is a professional development partnership between the University of Massachusetts Amherst, three local districts, and several community organizations in Western Massachusetts. It was designed to support urban classroom teachers in using a Hallidayan perspective of language and learning to design, implement, and reflect on curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the context of school reforms in the United States (e.g., English-only mandates; No Child Left Behind legislation). Co-directed by Dr. Jerri Willett and Dr. Meg Gebhard.

Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands

The Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) is part of the Regional Educational Laboratory Program. This network of ten laboratories provides educators and policymakers with access to high-quality scientifically valid education research through applied research and development projects, randomized controlled trial studies, dissemination of research findings, and related technical assistance activities. The REL Program is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences.

REL-NEI’s mission is to help pre-K–16 educators at the state, district and school levels use the best available research and evidence to make decisions leading to improved student achievement and reduced performance gaps among student groups.

Institute for Language and Education Policy

The Institute is incorporated for the purpose of "educating the public on research-based strategies for promoting academic excellence and equity for English and heritage language learners." Our mission is to ensure that policies for serving these children reflect the latest research about language and education. Toward that end we plan to produce issue briefs, policy analysis, news bulletins, commentary articles, online publications, media outreach, and public forums on issues including the No Child Left Behind Act, the English Only movement, and bilingual and heritage language education.


World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment advances academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for educators.

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