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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 possess. 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?

 

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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


“We believe that no matter what language you speak, how you learned it, or where you live, every multilingual person deserves the chance to showcase their language proficiency to schools and employers. This new program closes the “opportunity gap” that exists for language learners who do not have access to state-sponsored Seal of Biliteracy programs. For the first time there is a pathway for everyone to earn their language passport to local and global success.”
— Linda Egnatz, Global Seal of Biliteracy Executive Director