"The Seal of Biliteracy movement started in California in 2009 as a grassroots movement to address the language equity for English Learner students and prepare all students for global citizenship. As of March 1, 2019, thirty-six states plus Washington, D.C. established their state Seal of Biliteracy.
In 2018, 99,595 students received their state Seal of Biliteracy, representing 66 world languages including: American Sign Language, Arabic, Albanian, Amharic, Bosnian, Armenian, Azerbaijani, Bambara, Bengali, Bulgarian, Burmese, Chin, Chinese (Cantonese),Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Dari, Dutch, Farsi/Persian, Filipino/Tagalog, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Keres, Korean, Latin, Lithuanian, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oromo, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Rohingya, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Sinhala, Slovak, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Tibetan, Tigrinya, Tiwa, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Zuni. The students who received the Seal of Biliteracy represented about 2.78% of all high school graduates in 2018.
The state with the most Seal of Biliteracy recipients is California, with 55,609 students who received the California Seal of Biliteracy in 2018. North Carolina has the second highest number of students who received the Seal of Biliteracy with 9,291, about 9% of high school graduates in 2018 in that state. Illinois has 7,601 students who received the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy and 4,328 received the commendation toward biliteracy. Washington has the most diverse languages — 59 languages in total.
Iowa Public Radio Teaching English Language Learners in Iowa The population of Denison, IA is growing and becoming more diverse. About half of the students in the Denison schools are ELs. In this 30-minute audio story, EL educators discuss the increasing role of EL education in Denison and how well the schools’ EL and dual language programs are serving students.
Bilingual parent liaison helps Hispanic parents participate Teresa Elmore is a bilingual parent liaison at Brewbaker Primary in Montgomery, AL. This article summarizes the important role that she has in bridging the gap Spanish-speaking parents face when interacting with the school. As a bilingual parent liaison, Teresa translates documents, interprets for parents at large school meetings and IEP meetings. She supports individual Spanish-speaking families and students in many ways that go beyond the school (e.g., accompanying a parent to the hospital with a child who has seizures). The school principal reported parent involvement has increased due to Teresa’s efforts.