Citywide Council on English Language Learners (CCELL)

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

The CCELL is an advisory body concerned with the education of students in bilingual or English-as- a-second-language (ESL) programs. The CCELL is responsible for issuing an annual report on how effectively students in bilingual or ESL programs are served by the NYC Department of Education and making recommendations for improvements. The CCELL must hold at least one public meeting per month during which the public may discuss issues facing English language learners.

The CCELL has 12 members:
--9 are selected by members of the Community District, Borough and District 75 Presidents’ Councils, and must be parents of students in a bilingual or ESL program currently or within the previous two years;
--2 are appointed by the Public Advocate and must be individuals with extensive experience and knowledge in the education of English language learners; and
--1 is a non-voting high school senior who is or has been in a bilingual or ESL program.

Who is eligible to run for a seat on CCELL?

You are eligible to run if you are the parent of an English language learner who is currently in a bilingual or ESL program, or was in such a program within the previous two years. For the purpose of determining CCELL eligibility, “parent” is defined in Chancellor’s Regulation D-170 as:

  • a parent (by birth or adoption, step parent or foster parent), legal guardian, or person in parental relation to a child. A person in parental relation to a child is a person who is directly responsible for the care and custody of the child on a regular basis in lieu of a parent or legal guardian.

If you do not meet the above criteria, you may still be eligible to serve as one of the 2 Public Advocate appointees to the CCELL. Qualifications include extensive experience and knowledge in the education of English language learners; additional requirements are listed in Chancellor’s Regulation D-170. Please download the application. The application includes instructions on where to submit it (appointee applications are not accepted on this website).

When is eligibility determined?

Eligibility is determined as of the date an application to run for a seat on the CCELL is submitted.

How and when can I apply to serve on the CCELL?

You can apply for the 2017 – 2019 term beginning on February 9, 2017. The application period ends at 11:59 pm on March 5, 2017. If you do not have access to a computer, please call 311 for information on how to access computers at local district offices and schools, or at public libraries.