Seal of Biliteracy

  •  DPS student receiving Seal of Biliteracy cord at ceremony from three administrators.

    What is the 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.

    Why do we have a Seal of Biliteracy?

    • 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.

    Who can earn the Seal? Is it just for English learners or Spanish speakers?

    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 at my school?

    Elementary

    Pathways awards are given to students in 3rd, 5th and 8th 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. Here are resources for schools who wish to implement Pathways Awards:

    Schools: if you are interested in piloting a 3rd, 5th, and/or 8th Grade Pathways to the Seal of Biliteracy Award at your school and would like assistance, please e-mail Heather LaMont at dps_seal@dpsk12.org.

    Secondary

    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.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • November 1, 2019 - Student applications due. Remember to talk to your counselor during ICAP meetings to plan your pathway to the Seal!

    December 6, 2019 - Students receive email with next steps

    December 13, 2019 - Writing prompt due for students eligible for Portfolio Review

    February 3, 2020- Students receive results of writing prompt; Speaking exercise (for students completing portfolio) window opens

    February 3, 2020 - AAPPL testing window opens

    March 27, 2020 - AAPPL and Portfolio Review testing window closes

    April 20, 2020 - Students receive status update sent and invitation to Districtwide celebration

    Early May - Districtwide celebration (date and location TBA)