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 English Language Learners in bilingual or English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. The CCELL is responsible for issuing an annual report on how effectively those students are being 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 elected by members of the Community District, Borough, and District 75 Presidents’ Councils, and must be parents of English Language Learner students currently in a bilingual or ESL program, or who were enrolled in such a program 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 an English Language Learner 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 enrolled 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 here: 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 2019–2021 term beginning on February 14, 2019. The application period ends at 11:59 pm on March 6, 2019. If you do not have access to a computer, ask your parent coordinator to arrange for you to use a computer at a school or district office, or call 311 for information on accessing computers at public libraries.