LPS News & Events

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    FRM UPDATES 5/17/22

    Upcoming Events   The Annual Frost Middle School Honor Society Induction ceremony is Wednesday, May...

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    Luna a Success at UPO

    The Rise UP Players from UP Academy Oliver performed their first theatrical production of Luna, a...

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    Artist of the Week

    Congratulations to our Artist of the Week, Brown Kouhiko! His detailed self-portrait entitled...



LPS Videos

Here's the 1st performance by the UAO Rise UP Players.

Lawrence High School boys volleyball vs Chelmsford, played on 5-9-22.

More than 1,000 students and staff participated in the Special Olympics Unified Games Day.

This is the May 11, 2022 meeting of the Lawrence Alliance for Education.

Join a Pre Adavanced Placement English class at Lawrence High.

The TV club at the Wetherbee reports on Earth Day.

Upcoming Events

30 May
Memorial Day - No School
Date 30th of May 2022, Monday
20 Jun
Juneteenth Day - No School
20th of June 2022, Monday

Event Calendar


The Lawrence Public Schools (LPS) Multilingual Learner Department manages programs for English Learners (ELs) with the purpose of developing English language proficiency and promoting the attainment of state content-area standards. This department oversees initial English proficiency testing and the placement of ELs, English language development and content support, the annual assessment of English language proficiency (ACCESS), and the process of program exit and the post-exit monitoring of pertinent students. In addition to supporting a professional learning community of English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, the department facilitates professional learning for content teachers and paraprofessionals in regards to their English Learners. In addition, through Title III funding, the department supports expanded learning and summer programs for immigrants and ELs as well as Family Literacy Programs and ESOL courses for parents of immigrant students. Lastly, the department works with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and all LPS schools to ensure compliance with federal and state mandates regarding English Learner education.

Program Structure

The Lawrence Public Schools offers a Sheltered English Immersion Program (SEI) to English Learners in grades K-12.  The SEI program model consists of sheltered content instruction (SCI) as well as English as a second language instruction (ESL). The structure of the SEI program in Massachusetts acknowledges that English Learners acquire language while interacting in all classrooms as they engage with key academic practices, analytical skills, and conceptual development. In addition, the program understands that ELs must receive additional specific language and literacy instruction in order to reach desired levels of linguistic complexity.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Lawrence Public School’s program for English Learners is to provide quality instruction to ELs so they can acquire English language proficiency while having access to the core content by:

  • Ensuring that instruction is scaffolded, modeled and differentiated.
  • Promoting a culturally responsive classroom environment to facilitate learning and comfort.
  • Enabling ELs to compete with their peers to attain college and career readiness standards.
  • Providing systematic, explicit, and sustained instruction of English language and literacy.


Information for Families

English Learners Parent Advisory Council

ELPAC is a group for parents or guardian that work together to advise the schools and district on matters that impact English Learners (ELs).

Information for Teachers

Please visit the ML Department's managed website for resources and information:


Multilingual Learner Department Contact:

Multilingual Learner Department
Title Name Phone Email
Director of Multilingual Learners Kinnon McCall Foley (978) 975-5900 x25608 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Multilingual Learner Facilitator

Laurie Hartwick (978) 975-5900 x39402 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Multilingual Learner Facilitator Jullisa Declet

(978) 975-5900 x25640

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Multilingual Learner Family Engagement Specialist Yomayra Figueroa

(978) 975-5900 x18250

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