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Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL)

Our mission is to ensure that all New York State students, including English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners (ELLs/MLLs), attain the highest level of academic success and language proficiency.

We strive to ensure that all students’ individual educational paths and socio-emotional needs are met in multiple languages leading them to college and career readiness. NYSED believes that all teachers are teachers of ELLs/MLLs.  Our goal is to provide guidance, technical assistance, and support to NY State Districts, Charter Schools, Non-public Schools, and other organizations (Universities, State Educational Organizations) in the development of programs for  English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners and World Language students. OBEWL serves over 700 Local Education Agencies and over 300,000 ELLs/MLLs from over 200 language backgrounds.

Update August 2019: Report - Transforming Districts, Schools and Classrooms in New York State by prioritizing Equity and Academic Success for Multilingual Learners/English Language Learners

The Bilingual Education website has current information on regulations, programs and funding for districts.

The World Languages website has resources that promote and support the teaching and learning of one or more languages and cultures, in addition to the English language.