Baez is the first Deputy Chancellor to lead the DOE’s robust efforts to support ELLs. Efforts include expanding services for ELLs and professional development of teachers, school administrators and other school-based staff
NEW YORK – Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced the appointment of Milady Baez as Deputy Chancellor of the Department of English Language Learners and Student Support (DELLSS), which serves approximately 140,000 students across the five boroughs. Baez, who was named Senior Executive Director of the new department in August, will continue to spearhead New York City’s efforts to streamline services and resources that support the needs of the English Language Learner (ELL) student population.
Consistent with the Chancellor’s Framework for Great Schools which focuses on teacher training and rigorous instruction as core components of improving student achievement, Baez is expanding professional development opportunities across New York City to support educators in deepening their understanding of second-language acquisition and leading the expansion of bilingual programs.
Under Baez’s leadership, DELLSS will fulfill a renewed commitment to better serve linguistic learners and promote equity by providing the following opportunities and access to resources and educational programs:
• Expanding parent choice with the creation of new Dual Language and Transitional Bilingual Education programs to support ELLs in gaining language proficiency in English and their native language
• Providing borough-wide parent workshops on Dual Language, Transitional Bilingual Education, and English as a Second Language programs to promote family and community engagement
• Increasing the number of Common Core-aligned professional development opportunities for principals, teachers and staff to deepen their understanding of second-language acquisition and literacy development
• Hiring instructional coaches to support school-based staff
“In less than a year, Milady has proven to be a champion of English Language Learners and exhibits the same keen leadership abilities, professionalism, and enthusiasm that marked her tenure as an educator for more than 30 years,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “As Deputy Chancellor she will elevate the Department of English Language Learners and Student Support in its support of principals, teachers and ultimately students to provide a high-quality education and targeted support to prepare our diverse students for college and career readiness.”
“This appointment is a great honor and I am committed to promoting equity for all English Language Learners with highly qualified teachers, resources and services,” said Deputy Chancellor Milady Baez. “We have a lot of work to do to create brighter opportunities for all our English Language Learners.”
“On behalf of the NYSABE organization, we send a heartfelt congratulations to Milady on her new appointment as Deputy Chancellor for the Office of ELLs and Student Support,” said Tatyana Kleyn, President of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education. “We are thrilled to know that such positions now exists and that Milady is heading it. This is a strong sign about the value placed on ELLs and bilingual learners, and with Milady’s varied experiences and enduring efforts on behalf of our students, the DOE is in a wonderful position to better bilingual and biliterate education.”
“We congratulate Milady Baez on her appointment as the Deputy Chancellor of the Department of English Language Learners and Student Support,” said Steven Choi, Executive Director of the New York Immigration Coalition. “We look forward to continue working with Milady and her team to strengthen the City’s work to highlight ELLs’ enormous potential and ensure that schools are properly equipped to improve student achievement.”
A native of the Dominican Republic, Baez’s commitment to providing equity and excellence for ELLs began in 1975 as a bilingual teacher at P.S. 314 in Brooklyn, where she later served as assistant principal for 13 years. She was appointed principal of P.S. 149 in Queens, where she served for six years and established The Project Bravo Dual Language Program, which remains a model in New York City and for schools across the country.
In 2003, she was appointed Local Instructional Superintendent in Region 4 in Queens, where she supervised twelve K-12 schools and served as the Liaison for Dual Language and Bilingual Programs for all schools in the region. As part of this work, she established a Principals’ Institute to engage administrators in research-based study and meaningful dialogues around Dual Language Programs.