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.

Click the photo to read each advisor's full bio.

 
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™

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

Dr. 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