Seal of Biliteracy
The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by DPS in recognition of students who have attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. The Seal appears on the transcript and diploma of the graduating senior and is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions.
DPS developed the Seal of Biliteracy to:
- To encourage students to study languages
- To certify attainment of biliteracy skills
- To recognize the value of language diversity
- To provide employers with a method of identifying people with high level literacy skills in multiple languages
- To provide universities with a method to recognize and give credit to applicants for attainment of high level skills in multiple languages
- To prepare students with 21st century skills that will benefit them in the labor market and the global society
- To strengthen intergroup relationships and honor the multiple cultures and languages in a community.
See important dates for this year's Seal of Biliteracy.
Who Can Earn the Seal of Biliteracy?
The seal is for all students who demonstrate mastery in multiple languages using the approved criteria, not just English learners or Spanish speakers.
How Can I Implement the Seal of Biliteracy at My School?
Each secondary school should have a designated Seal of Biliteracy contact to receive information and coordinate activities at the school. Your school's Seal contact can give you more information about how to get involved! School Seal of Biliteracy teams can use the Seal of Biliteracy handbook to help plan for implementing the program at their school.
How Can I Implement the Pathways to the Seal of Biliteracy Awards at My School?
Pathways awards are given to students in third, fifth and eighth grade to encourage students to continue on a bilingual path and eventually earn the Seal of Biliteracy. Criteria for these awards are determined at the school level. MLE has developed resources and an implementation timeline for interested schools.
If you are interested in piloting a third, fifth and eighth grade Pathways to the Seal of Biliteracy Award at your school and would like assistance, please e-mail Heather LaMont at firstname.lastname@example.org.