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What is the Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL)?

The Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL) was established by the New York State Education Law 2590-B,5. (a)(i)-(ii) (the law) with the power to advise and consent on any educational or instructional policy involving bilingual or English as a New Language (ENL) Programs. Also issues an annual report on the effectiveness of the City's District in providing services to English Language Learners (ELLs) and makes recommendations, as appropriate on how to improve the efficiency and delivery of such services.

The CCELL advocates on behalf of all students in bilingual, dual language and ENL programs. Nine of the eleven voting members of the CCELL must be parents of students receiving bilingual or ENL services within the past two years. Two additional voting members must be appointed by the Public Advocate and must have extensive experience and knowledge in the education of English Language Learners. A high school student who is or has been in bilingual or ENL program will be selected by the Chancellor's Designee to serve as a non-voting member for one year. Members of the CCELL serve for a two year term. Current members are serving from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023.

CCELL Mission Statement

The Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL) by advocating on behalf of NYC public school students in bilingual, dual language, and ENL programs, and encourages parent engagement in their children's language learning by providing information about public school ELL programs and services and by providing a forum for parent and community concerns about these programs and services.

CCELL Strategic Plan

CCELL Bylaws

CCELL Annual Report

DOE Diversity Initiative Plan