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The State Seal of Biliteracy movement has swept across the United States since it was first created in the State of California in 2011. The Seal of Biliteracy provides recognition for public school students who demonstrate proficiency in both English and a second language. However, in most states private, charter, independent, college, and homeschoolers are not eligible to receive the Seal of Biliteracy.

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We want to provide an opportunity for ALL language users and students to earn recognition for their language proficiency skills. The Global Seal of Biliteracy by design is inclusive, embracing all languages and learners, with the intent to provide equal access and expanded opportunity. Our globe logo captures that goal with its open borders. Inside the globe are circles that include the words (clockwise starting from the top): read in Japanese, capable in Spanish and Portuguese, fluent in Chinese, talent in Korean, fluency in English, competent in Amharic, and listen in Arabic. These languages represent each continent and their meanings show the diversity of skills and attributes those who earn the Global Seal posses. The circles intersect and connect as a metaphor for the Global Seal and the advantages of being bilingual in a multicultural world. So, we ask, where will your Global Seal of Biliteracy take you?

 
Linda L. Egnatz   Executive Director of the Global Seal of Biliteracy

Linda L. Egnatz

Executive Director of the Global Seal of Biliteracy

David Bong   Founding Sponsor of the Global Seal of Biliteracy and CEO of Avant Assessment

David Bong

Founding Sponsor of the Global Seal of Biliteracy and CEO of Avant Assessment

Hunter Sudek   Global Seal of Biliteracy Program Manager

Hunter Sudek

Global Seal of Biliteracy Program Manager


Board of Advisors

The Global Seal of Biliteracy organization, founded and sponsored by Avant Assessment, has an independent Board of Advisors made up of K-12 and higher education faculty and second language acquisition and assessment researchers from across the country who advise and guide the program’s mission.

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Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki   International Education Administrator, Seattle Public Schools, former World Language Supervisor State of Washington

Dr. Michele Anciaux Aoki

International Education Administrator, Seattle Public Schools, former World Language Supervisor State of Washington

Dr. Richard D. Brecht   Founding Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Study of Language, Co-Founder and Chief Language Officer of Jeenie™

Dr. Richard D. Brecht

Founding Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Study of Language, Co-Founder and Chief Language Officer of Jeenie™

 
 
Maria Carreira   Professor of Spanish at California State University, Long Beach and co-director of the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA

Maria Carreira

Professor of Spanish at California State University, Long Beach and co-director of the National Heritage Language Resource Center at UCLA

Dr. Jacque Van Houten   World Language Specialist, Jefferson County Public Schools, KY, former president of ACTFL and World Language Supervisor State of Kentucky

Dr. Jacque Van Houten

World Language Specialist, Jefferson County Public Schools, KY, former president of ACTFL and World Language Supervisor State of Kentucky

 
 
Dr. Duarte M. Silva   Professor at Stanford University, Executive Director of California World Language Project

Dr. Duarte M. Silva

Professor at Stanford University, Executive Director of California World Language Project

Howard Stephenson   National Education Coordinator for Utah State Senate (1993-2018)

Howard Stephenson

National Education Coordinator for Utah State Senate (1993-2018)

 
 
Dr. Shuhan Wang   President ELE Consulting International, Director of Chinese Early Language and Immersion Network at Asia Society, former Deputy Director of National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland

Dr. Shuhan Wang

President ELE Consulting International, Director of Chinese Early Language and Immersion Network at Asia Society, former Deputy Director of National Foreign Language Center, University of Maryland

Tom Welch   T Welch Consulting, a leading innovator in the World Language field, retired High School Principal and French teacher

Tom Welch

T Welch Consulting, a leading innovator in the World Language field, retired High School Principal and French teacher

 

“As the Executive Director of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages I applaud this opportunity for World Language students and English Language Learners in private or parochial schools or those home-schooled to be recognized for their proficiency in English and another language or languages. As the retired World Language Department Chair at St. Bede Academy, Peru IL, I am excited that St. Bede students’ language proficiency can be celebrated and recognized officially in a manner that will impact their college and career opportunities.”
— Leann Wilcoxen, Executive Director of the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, WL Dept. Ch. Emeritus, St. Bede Academy, Peru IL