Presentation on theme: "California State Seal of Biliteracy: The First in the Nation"— Presentation transcript:
1 California State Seal of Biliteracy: The First in the Nation Shelly Spiegel-ColemanCalifornians TogetherCalifornia Department of EducationAccountability ConferenceDecember 3, 2012
2 Purpose of today’s session To encourage implementation of the Seal of BiliteracyTo be familiar with the new State Seal of BiliteracyTo prepare to design and implement a Seal of Biliteracy and/or pathway awards appropriate to the needs and interest of your local contexts
3 Workshop agenda Background/History/Definition Purpose Pathway Awards Criteria and assessment processesThe Award itselfStrategy, partners, policy and supportExamples – IdeasResources
4 A time in history….. Era of English-only politics Advent of the 21st century – interconnected, global and diverseRich language diversity – but language loss
5 Every era has to ask……Are our schools preparing our students for the world they are entering?Are we teaching and valuing the skills and type of knowledge students will need in order to function, thrive and lead in this era?
6 “You can tell the values of a society by what it counts “You can tell the values of a society by what it counts. We count what matters to us.”Albert SchweitzerAre our schools measuring the outcomes that are important to us?
7 Mastery of two or more languages…. Cognitive benefitsLabor market advantagesLive respectfully in a diverse societyNew relationships and understandingConnection to family and heritageEducational benefits
8 Societal benefits…. Economic benefits Makes cultural life more vibrant National security and international diplomacyCommunity “bridgers”
9 Isn’t English sufficient? 6000+ languages in the world200 nations recognize more than 2 official languages10 “link” languages of wider communication (Arabic, Bengali, English, French, Hindi, Malay, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish)NotesThere is a list of the world's languages, called "Ethnologue" (Grimes 1996). There are 6,500 living languages listed. Of these, 6,000 have registered population figures. 52% of the 6,000 languages are spoken by less than 10,000 people, and 28% are spoken by less than 1,000 people. 83% of them are limited to single countries.The ten largest languages in the world are the first languages for nearly half of the world's population.Here is a list of the top 10 languages in February 1999 according to Ethnologue:1. Mandarin 885 million speakers 2. Spanish 332 million speakers 3. English 322 million speakers 4. Bengali 189 million speakers 5. Hindi 182 million speakers 6. Portuguese 170 million speakers 6. Russian 170 million speakers 8. Japanese 125 million speakers 9. German 98 million speakers 10. Wu 77 million speakersIt is difficult to give an exact figure of the number of languages that exist in the world, because it is not always easy to define what a language is. The difference between a language and a dialect is not always clear-cut. It has nothing to do with similarity of vocabulary, grammar, or pronunciation. Sometimes, the distinctions are based purely on geographical, political, or religious reasons. It is usually estimated that the number of languages in the world varies between 3,000 and 8,000.
10 In the United States, schools produce monolingualism Vast majority of children in the United States will study in only one language – EnglishWorld language instruction has decreased in past decadeOnly half of high school students in U.S. take even one year of a world language.Fastest ever rates of language loss
11 Which of the following are present in your school, community, or district?" Small numbers or decrease in number of students studying world languages.Small numbers or decrease in English learners receiving bilingual program.Subtractive patterns of language loss: As students become fluent in English, they lose their home language.Attitudes that only English is needed.
12 A Growing Movement to Encourage, & Celebrate the Attainment of Biliteracy Growth of dual language programs (TWBI)National Education Goals 1994Immersion programsHeritage language programs in schools and community heritage language programsForeign language/world language programsExtracurricular clubs, travel, etc.Development of the Seal of Biliteracy
13 Student Voices Distribute the quotes from the envelopes Each person read their quote without any comments.After everyone has read their quote discuss which messages resonated with you.
14 What is a SEAL of Biliteracy? An award granted to high school seniors upon graduation certifying attainment of mastery of two or more languages (one of which is English)……(includes American Sign Language)
17 Steps for getting started Clarify the purposeDetermine which awards to giveDefine the criteria and assessment processesDevelop policyConsider strategy, partners and support needed for successPublicize and recruit applicantsDesign the awards and plan the celebration
18 San Francisco Unified School Board Resolution “Our vision is to prepare students to become global citizens in multilingual/ multicultural world by providing every student the opportunity to graduate proficient in English and at least one other language through participation in a well-articulated PreK-12 world language program.”
19 Los Angeles Unified School District Biliteracy awards advance the district’s commitment that every student graduates prepared and equipped with the knowledge and skills to participate successfully in college, career, and a diverse 21st century society. Additionally, the awards build upon the rich linguistic and cultural assets of the district and communicate that mastery of two or more languages is an important skill that is advantageous in an ever-shrinking global society.
21 Woodburn, Oregon School District Strategic Plan In this increasingly global age, biliteracy and interculturalism is an asset. All students, including English dominant students, should have the opportunity to read, write and speak in two or more languages. We will design and implement a system so that all students will be literate in more than one language. Every student will have the opportunity from kindergarten through 12th grade to study and develop high levels of literacy in two or more languages. Well implemented programs are about more than learning a language. They should be based on respect for diversity, social justice, multiculturalism and equity.
22 Ysleta, Texas School District goal statement All students who enroll in our schools will graduate from high school fluent in two or more languages and prepared and inspired to be successful in a four year college or university.
23 Why might your school or district want a Seal of Biliteracy? To recognize achievement and hard workTo encourage students to study languagesTo affirm and encourage developing home languageTo establish the value of bilingualismTo protect and/or build dual language programsTo build more respectful inter-group relationshipsOther
24 Is a SEAL at graduation enough? Created a system of “pathway” awards from preschool through high school recognizing benchmarks towards biliteracyPathway awards are locally defined, based upon decision-points along the school journey and purpose/need
25 Attainment/ Achievement Pathway awardsAttainment/ AchievementServiceParticipationPreschool3rd gradeEnd of elementaryEnd of middle school
26 California – The First in The Nation AB 815 (Brownley) created the State Seal of BiliteracyCalifornia Department of Education Contact:Nancy Zarenda,
27 State Seal of Biliteracy Assembly Bill 815 (Brownley, Chapter 618,Statues of 2011) took effect January 1, 2012Purpose:To recognize high school graduates who haveattained a high level of proficiency in one ormore languages in addition to English
28 California Department of Education (CDE) resources Informational letter to the fieldCDE website:CDE web information to be posted soon (frequently asked questions, language resources)Requirements checklist to assist districts in identifying qualifying graduatesInsignia request formCDE
30 Data from 1st Year of Implementation Total State Seals of Biliteracy Issued – 10,062Former English Learners - 4,30593 School Districts, 2 County Offices, 16 Charter Schools29 Languages and American Sign Language
32 Expanding Biliteracy Movement Over 170 agencies with formal Seal of Biliteracy policies and recognition programsCounty Office awards and celebrationsNew York State Seal of BiliteracyOther States: Florida, Maryland, New Mexico, districts in Texas, interest in Chicago, Oregon, UtahNABE CampaignNational recognition from Migrant Policy Institute for work on Seal of Biliteracy and Long Term English LearnersETS Magazine Article
33 UCLA Civil Rights Project Study – Dr. Patricia Gandara Document the difference the State Seal of Biliteracy makes to employment or schooling outcomesData collected by interviews and surveys – questions leading to determine if having the State Seal of Biliteracy is in the applicant’s favor when applying for a job, internship and/or college admissionTargeting human resources directors and college admission officers
34 English criteria: State Seal of Biliteracy All ELA requirements for HS diploma with 2.0 GPAProficient+ on standards test in English in 11th gradeIf L1 is language other than English, attain early advanced proficiency on CELDT
35 Demonstrated proficiency in languages other than English AP score 3+ or IB score or 4+Four years of study in same foreign language with 3.0Pass a district-established foreign language exam at proficient level or higherPass foreign government’s approved language exam with certificate of competency (not an option for State Seal)SAT II foreign language examination with score of 600+
36 Local assessment components in addition to State Seal Requirements On-demand writing with rubricOral interview with rubricApplicationPortfoliosLogging hoursSelf-reflection
37 End of preschool Purposes: To encourage enrollment in kindergartens with language programsTo shape initial attitudesTo inform children about language diversity
38 Preschool Pathways to Bilingualism: program criteria Affirm the value of bilingualism (e.g., signs, posters, exposure)Educate parents about supporting dual language developmentActively promote rich oral language in child’s home language (whenever possible)Engage children in developing a love of books and print
39 Elementary School: Bilingual Service Award Age appropriate oral/listening proficiency in language other than EnglishAge appropriate oral/listening proficiency in EnglishActive use of both languagesLog of hours of service using bilingual skillsPositive attitudes and understanding of benefits of bilingualism
40 Elementary school Biliteracy achievement award Proficient+ on standards based test in English Language ArtsDemonstrated proficiency in all four language domains in a language other than English
41 Redwood City Celebration based on 2nd and 3rd grade scores TROPHYS:Proficient or above in both CST and STS for language artsProficient or above in both CST and STS for mathRIBBONS:Proficient or above in both CST and STS in BOTH language arts and math
42 Middle School: Service and Participation Award At least two years of Foreign Language class or Native Speakers class with passing gradesStandards test in English at proficient or betterOral presentation about bilingual careersEssay on two cultural events
43 Middle School: Biliteracy Attainment Award Proficient on standards-based test or district assessment in languages other then English Oral proficiency in language other than English Average grade of B or above in English classes & World languages/Native language classes Written and oral presentations about bilingualism or cultural experiences
44 Middle School: Biliteracy Attainment Award For English learners – redesignation to RFEP English standards-based test at Proficient+
45 Policy: Making it official…. Working committees/Task ForcesBoard resolution/policyAdministrative guidelines tied to existing goalsSchool site program guidelinesCounty or regional office policyState level policy
46 Recruiting students/publicizing Importance of applicationStudents need to declare it is important to themStudents need to be able to reflect on the value of bilingualism for careers and future
47 Role of Teachers, Administrators & Counselors Inform students about the opportunityAssist students in determining eligibilityLetters of recommendationServe as an assessorInform parents
48 Design the Awards –Californians Together MedallionsSeals
49 Elementary and Middle School Pathway Awards Middle School RibbonElementary Ribbon
55 Action Plan and Timeline Create the policy and criteriaDetermine how you will give the awardTimeframe for assessmentsAdvertising and outreach to studentsAssess eligibilityCreate the awardsGet sponsors/partnersDesign and plan the awards celebrationPUBLICITY
56 LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT LAUSD Biliteracy AwardsPathway to Biliteracy Awards (5th and 8th grades)Seal of Biliteracy Awards (12th grade)Promote bilingualism and biliteracy as valuable 21st century skillsStatewide movement to promote development of literacy in English and in another languageBeginning with the school year, the Pathway to Biliteracy and the Seal of Biliteracy Awards will be given to LAUSD students who demonstrate excellence in English and in a language other than English. The Pathway to Biliteracy Awards are given to students upon completion of 5th and 8th grade. The Seal of Biliteracy Award is given to students at the completion of 12th grade. The awards are collectively referred to as the LAUSD Biliteracy Awards. Pathway to Biliteracy Awards include a medallion and a certificate. Seal of Biliteracy Awards include a seal on the student’s diploma, an honor cord to be worn during graduation, and a notation on the student’s transcript.These awards advance the District’s commitment that every LAUSD student graduates prepared and equipped with the knowledge and skills to participate successfully in college, career, and a diverse 21st century society. They also build upon the rich linguistic and cultural assets of our District and communicate that the mastery of two or more languages is an important skill that is advantageous in an ever-shrinking global society.LAUSD joins a state-wide movement spearheaded by Californians Together to promote the development of literacy in two or more languages. Some other districts that are implementing biliteracy awards: San Francisco USD, San Jose USD, Glendale USD, Ventura USD, Santa Monica/Malibu USD, El Segundo USD, Pasadena USD, Azusa USD, Baldwin Park USD, among others.56
57 Stanislaus County Office of Education Stanislaus County Office of Education, in partnership with participating districts, presents a multilingual seal for placement on a diploma to each high school student who demonstrates proficiency in English and another world or “target” language.To make their own statement of valuesTo encourage and support districts in awarding the SEALMuch research went into investigating how other districts, states and nations verify language proficiency .You will find the words “Target language” throughout our paperwork and it is being used to indicate a world language other than English that will be assessed in order to earn the award.
58 Defining the proficiency level Recipients of this award are required to:express themselves with clarity and efficacy orally and in writingsubmit a portfolio or “LinguaFolio” that demonstrates the ability to prepare short, polished pieces in Englishprovide an on-demand writing sample in the “target” languagerespond orally in both English and the “target” language in an interviewThe assessment process is very important to our system.Read slideBy efficacy, we mean they are persuasive, descriptive, and proficient for the assignment, topic and audience.We will ask for the linguafolio before the interview and the interview will ensure that we are getting a sample that is completed by the student applying for the Seal.This may be a natural place to clarify what has been covered. Are there any question so far?At this time please look at the overview with the blue highlight on the words goal, Award Components, etc.A great tool to pass out to provide an abbreviated overview
59 Resources for the LinguaFolio European Language PortfolioLinguaFolio 5-State PilotLinguaFolio NebraskaIndiana World Languages site with LinguaFolio links
60 ImplementationWhat is your area of greatest concern with implementing a SEAL of Biliteracy?Getting buy-in to the ideaLogistics of getting it startedCost and staffingOther
61 What “ripple” effects do we hope for….? Students who value bilingualism, their heritage language and other languagesStudents who understand the benefits of bilingualism - including the present and future applications in their livesStudents who have and take opportunities to develop mastery of two or more languagesSchools that provide strong language programs
62 What do we know about what it takes to foster bilingualism? Attention to the hidden curriculum in schools and societal/media messages about bilingualismExposure to multiple languagesInformation about the benefits of bilingualismFormal opportunities to study and master multiple languages
63 School programs Strong world language program Strong native speakers programStrong ELD and ELA programStrong dual language program, translation skills courses, etc.Bilingual career emphasisTravel opportunities, service opportunities - ways for students to USE bilingualism
64 Californians Together 23 Statewide parent, professional and civil rights organizations focused on improving policy and practice for the education of English learnersKeep us informed of your progress in developing and awarding Seals of Biliteracy or pathway awards!Seal of Biliteracy BulletinWebinar – Implementing Seal of BiliteracySchools Moving Up - West Ed – 3/10/11
65 The world is richer than it is possible to express in any one language. Ilya PrigogineNobel Prize winning scientist