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California State Seal of Biliteracy : The First in the Nation. Shelly Spiegel-Coleman Californians Together California Department of Education EL Accountability and Leadership Conference December 5, 2011. Purpose of today’s session. To encourage implementation of the Seal of Biliteracy
California Department of Education
EL Accountability and Leadership Conference
December 5, 2011
Are our schools preparing our students for the world they are entering?
Are we teaching and valuing the skills and type of knowledge students will need in order to function, thrive and lead in this era?
“You can tell the values of a society by what it counts. We count what matters to us.”
Are our schools measuring the outcomes that are important to us?
An award granted to high school seniors upon graduation certifying attainment of mastery of two or more languages (one of which is English)……
(includes American Sign Language)
“Our vision is to prepare students to become global citizens in multilingual/ multicultural world by providing every student the opportunity to graduate proficient in English and at least one other language through participation in a well-articulated PreK-12 world language program.”
Biliteracy awards advance the district’s commitment that every student graduates prepared and equipped with the knowledge and skills to participate successfully in college, career, and a diverse 21st century society. Additionally, the awards build upon the rich linguistic and cultural assets of the district and communicate that mastery of two or more languages is an important skill that is advantageous in an ever-shrinking global society.
All students who enroll in our schools will graduate from high school fluent in two or more languages and prepared and inspired to be successful in a four year college or university.
Where along the pathway of schooling do you think it’s important to assert the value of biliteracy with some kind of award? Why?
California Department of Education Contact Person:
Nancy Zarenda, SEAL@cde.ca.gov
To encourage enrollment in kindergartens with language programs
To shape initial attitudes
To inform children about language diversity
Age appropriate oral language skills and vocabulary in the home language
Active engagement with texts
Age appropriate comprehension of home language
Exposure to second language & some ability to reproduce the language and use it for basic
Proficient or above in both CST and STS for language arts
Proficient or above in both CST and STS for math
Proficient or above in both CST and STS in BOTH language arts and math
Proficient on standards-based test or district assessment in languages other then English
Oral proficiency in language other than English
Average grade of B or above in English classes & World languages/Native language classes
Written and oral presentations about bilingualism or cultural experiences
For English learners – redesignation to RFEP
English standards-based test at Proficient+
Which of these awards would you like to focus on implementing?
LAUSD Biliteracy Awards
Pathway to Biliteracy Awards (5th and 8th grades)
Seal of Biliteracy Awards (12th grade)
Promote bilingualism and biliteracy as valuable 21st century skills
Statewide movement to promote development of literacy in English and in another language
Recipients of this award are required to:
What is your area of greatest concern with implementing a SEAL of Biliteracy?
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