Question:I am emailing you in hopes of finding more information about a biliteracy seal that we can give our biliterate students upon reaching their goals in two languages. I teach in a bilingual Spanish/English immersion school in Vancovuer, Washington. We are recently overhauling our program, and would like to include a seal of biliteracy for our 5th graders who achieve this goal upon promotion. Is it true that Washington State has adopted a seal for our seniors? Do you have any suggestions as to where I might look for more information on this? Where might I look to find the already approved seal?
- As students leave preschool and enter kindergarten (this is the point at which parents make decisions about the elementary school programs for their children)
- At 3rd grade (this is often when English Learners exit bilingual programs and is a point at which Dual Language Program student enrollment often falls off)
- End of Middle School
Pathway awards may be given in recognition of attainment of an age-appropriate level of skill in mastering two or more languages or in recognition of participation in activities involving bilingualism.” http://www.sealofbiliteracy.org/seal-program Step 2 (retrieved 8/7/2014)
Michele Anciaux Aoki, Ph.D., P.M.P.
World Languages and International Education Program Supervisor
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction