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The Seal of Biliteracy. Merced County Office of Education contacts: Kathy Pon Francisco Romo Paula Smith (209) 381-6649 [email protected] The Purpose for the Award:.

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the seal of biliteracy

The Seal of Biliteracy

Merced County Office of Education contacts:

Kathy Pon

Francisco Romo

Paula Smith

(209) 381-6649

[email protected]

the purpose for the award
The Purpose for the Award:
  • Merced County Office of Education, in partnership with participating districts, will present a Biliteracy Seal for each high school student who demonstrates proficiency in English and another world or “target” language.
the rationale for the award
The Rationale for the Award
  • Participating educators are committed to creating affirming and enriched learning environments that actively impart the value of diversity, and that embrace the cultures and languages of our communities.
  • Students who are literate in multiple languages should be recognized as having a well-rounded education and as having marketable skills.
eligibility to apply
Eligibility to Apply

To be eligible to apply for the MCOE Seal of Biliteracy, students must:

  • Have passed both sections of the CAHSEE
  • Have scored Proficient or Advanced on their ELA CSTs at least once during high school
  • AP English grade of C or better, or English cumulative grade of B or better
  • Have gained Proficiency in a language other than English
  • Attend a participating high school
defining the proficiency level
Defining the proficiency level

Recipients of this award are required to:

  • Express themselves with clarity and efficacy orally and in writing
  • Submit a Language Autobiography that demonstrates the ability to prepare a brief, polished piece of writing in English
  • Provide an on-demand writing sample in the “target” language
  • Respond orally in both English and the“target” language in an interview
the process for a student
The Process for a Student
  • Eligibility requirements for applying and earning the Seal
    • Use Self-Assessment Checklists to determine if at Advanced Low or higher
    • Conference with World language teacher and/or community member proficient in the “target language”about your level of proficiency
  • Electronically submit SEAL Application by September 5, 2014
  • Submit Parent Authorization and Language Autobiography by September 12, 2014
  • Provide an on-demand writing sample the week of October 14-17, 2014
  • Participate in two interviews on October 25, 2014
seal application
SEAL Application
  • Serves a critical organizational role
  • Triggers the search for the assessors to match the “target” language needs of students who intend to apply
  • Should follow a check for eligibility – not precede it!!
  • Due September 5th, by 4 PM at MCOE
language autobiography
Language Autobiography
  • Parent Authorization
    • Parent permission to release data, due with Language Autobiography
  • School Verification (of test scores)
    • Submitted by the high school and/or district Seal Lead, due by 4pm, September 12, 2014
  • Language Autobiography, returned with Parent Authorization, due September 12, 2014, by 4pm, at MCOE
language autobiography1
Language Autobiography
  • Organized around 5 questions/prompts
  • Completed by the student in English
  • Designed to capture information about:
    • Interest and proficiency in“target” language
    • Authentic connections and real-life use of “target” language
    • Language comparisons
    • Multicultural experiences
resources for the language autobiography
Resourcesfor the Language Autobiography
  • Use of the European Language Portfolio is supported by the 29 organizations of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) representing 24 languages.
    • European Language Portfoliohttp://culture2.coe.int/portfolio/
    • LinguaFolio 5-State Pilothttp://www.doe.virginia.gov/linguafolio/
    • LinguaFolio Nebraskahttp://www.nde.state.ne.us/FORLG/PreK16.htm
    • Indiana World Languages site with LinguaFolio linkshttp://www.doe.state.in.us/opd/wrldlangs/
biliteracy seal event
Biliteracy “Seal Event”
  • Interview in English
  • Interview in “target” language
  • This year’s “Seal Event” is scheduled for Saturday, October 25th
assessment of proficiency
Assessment of Proficiency

English proficiency determined by:

  • Interview
  • Quality of Language Autobiography

“Target” language proficiency determined by:

  • Interview
  • Quality of on-demand writing sample

Score to earn the Seal of Biliteracy:

  • Maximum Score is 20
  • Minimum Score is 16 with no score of one or two
assessment of students
Assessment of Students

The assessment of a student will be conducted by a two-person team who will:

  • Review the Language Autobiography
  • Conduct the interviews
  • Assess the on-demand writing sample
  • Determine if the Seal will be conferred
role of the world language teacher
Role of the World Language Teacher
  • Inform students about the opportunity to earn the Seal of Biliteracy
  • Assist students in determining whether their level of proficiency is sufficient to apply
    • Use the Language Assessment Guidelines (Advanced Low is the appropriate level for application)
    • Use the SOLOM Teacher Observation
  • Serve as an assessor
  • Help to inform parents about the Seal of Biliteracy
role of administrators counselors
Role of Administrators & Counselors
  • Inform teachers of World Language about the Seal
    • Provide written documents
    • Direct teachers to the website: http://www.mcoe.org/instruct/seal/
    • Inform teachers about the Seal Information Meetings
  • Inform students and parents about the Seal
    • Keep the level of proficiency in mind
  • Recruit assessors
  • Celebrate the students who have earned the Seal
district partnership
District partnership

Partnering Districts will:

  • Return a signed MOU to MCOE
  • Provide one assessor for every eight students
  • Ensure that students, parents, teachers, counselors and administrators are informed of the Seal
  • Provide for transcript notation
  • Celebrate students who earn the Seal
getting the word out
Getting the word out:
  • Merced COE will inform:
    • District superintendents
    • Curriculum and Project Directors at Curriculum Council/Categorical meetings
    • Maintain a website: http://www.mcoe.org/instruct/seal/
  • District staffs may participate in Seal Information Meetings
  • Merced COE will provide PowerPoint presentations and access to resources via website
next steps
Next steps
  • Clarifying questions?
  • Observations or comments?
  • Next steps for you?

Thanks for coming!

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